Mokaro ... a first for all his connections in the Gold Cup!
NICCI GARNER – TRAINER Stephen Page pulled off the training feat of his career so far in Saturday’s Canon Gold Cup, saddling a 1-2 with Mokaro and Noblewood in the country’s most prestigious race for stayers.
A thrilled 'Mrs O' at the Gold Cup presentation
NICCI GARNER – THE doyen of South African racing Bridget Oppenheimer has put her faith in trainer Stephen Page and he gave her a moment to remember with a 1-2 in the R1.2-million Canon Gold Cup over 3200m at Greyville on Saturday.
Bouquet-Garni can score another one for the three-year-olds.
NICCI GARNER – The 2008-09 crop of three-year-olds were maligned in certain quarters (including this one) as arguably not a great generation, but they set the record straight with a 1-2-3 in last month’s Durban July.
JACK MILNER – ONE never knows how a good a debut winner really is until his second start, but there was a lot to like about Clearly Silver’s victory at Clairwood in June when he easily accounted for Chief Mambo by four lengths.
JJ The Jet Plane
LONDON – Thea Boyens, part-owner of JJ The Jet Plane who was unplaced in Tuesday’s feature race at Glorious Goodwood, the Betfair Cup, has moved the horse from Mike De Kock’s yard to Richard Hannon, according to a report in South Africa.
JJ The Jet Plane has a good chance in a small field.
LONDON – JJ The Jet Plane can make a seamless return to 1400m in the Betfair Cup at Glorious Goodwood Tuesday (4.25pm SA time). Mike de Kock’s five-year-old has won many new friends in this country after a successful summer campaign.
LAST year’s Canon Gold Cup winner Desert Links will make his Singapore debut on Sunday in the $200,000 Jumbo Jet Trophy (G3) over 1400m.
DUBAI World Cup winner Well Armed will have his first race since that March success in Sunday’s $250,000 San Diego Handicap (G2).
THERE is a belief that deceased stallions often produce champions from their remaining crops.
Ivory Trail (right) got up to beat Pocket Power (left).
JACK MILNER – IT is hard to think of the last time, if ever, Pocket Power has been run out of a race after hitting the front. But that is exactly what Ivory Trail managed to do in the Grade 1 Champions Cup at Clairwood on Saturday.