“SOMEONE’S got to win, someone’s got to lose and someone’s got to run third. Aren’t we lucky all three were ours.’’ That was trainer Charles Laird’s comment after his runners scored a 1-2-3 in the R1 million HF Oppenheimer Horse Chestnut Stakes at Turffontein on Saturday.
Roy Magner, Fuzzy Cuzzy.
FUZZY Cuzzy is one of those horses who rarely runs a bad race. While the Australian-bred gelding has yet to win a feature race, he did finish third in the Golden Loom Handicap, beaten 2.75 lengths by Battlestar Express, and was a 6.75-length fourth to Private Jet in the Grade 3 Lebelo Sprint.
Our Giant, Turffontein.
AT 115 Our Giant is the second top-rated horse in South Africa behind Pocket Power and the son of Giant’s Causeway should have no trouble disposing of his opposition in Saturday’s R1-million HF Oppenheimer Horse Chestnut Stakes over 1600m.
Villandry, Godolphin Barb.
HIGHLY talented juveniles Villandry and Cashew Nut respectively should claim the Grade 3 races on today’s Clairwood card, the Godolphin Barb Stakes and Strelitzia Stakes, both over 1000m. Villandry ran a 3.05-length fourth behind Chequer in his debut but strolled out of the stalls that day and did not show his true potential.
KENTUCKY – Dual classic winner and 1988 Horse of the Year Alysheba was put down on Friday night. He was 25.
TRAINER Mike de Kock may have had an evening he would like to forget in Dubai on Saturday but his South African yard had a most memorable Classic Day at Turffontein.
LONDON – The Flat turf season gets underway at Doncaster this weekend with the proverbial cavalry charge that is the William Hill Lincoln sure to give punters plenty of headaches yet again.
RECORDS were made to be broken and a hard-earned 22-win record could be equalled at Fairview on Friday when Hear The Drums bids to draw level with brilliant sprinter Golden Loom.
DURBAN – Gold Circle managing director David Furness is to take early retirement as part of the horseracing operator’s restructuring programme.
TWO appealing plated races head up Thursday’s card on the Vaal turf track – a Progress Plate over 1200m and a Graduation Plate for fillies and mares over 1400m.