AUSTRALIA’S best stayer, Efficient, is far from a spent force and could be back for another shot at the Melbourne Cup next year, despite his shock withdrawal on Wednesday from Tuesday’s race with a leg injury.
Trainer John Gosden.
TRAINER John Gosden’s Raven’s Pass created history at Santa Anita, California, by becoming the first horse trained in Britain to win the $US5million Breeders’ Cup Classic.
Trainer Mike de Kock
MIKE de Kock’s runner Eagle Mountain might not have won Saturday’s Breeders’ Cup Turf over 2400m on World Championships Day at Santa Anita, Los Angeles, but came mighty close on a day De Kock said gave the South African industry good exposure.
Trainer Paul Matchett.
ON Point, the Woodborough colt who beat last Sunday’s impressive Turffontein victor Greenwich Park, is back in action again at the Vaal tomorrow and on the evidence of his rival’s subsequent effort, should have little trouble accounting for a moderate field in Race 3 over 1000m.
Glen Kotzen, Cotton Club.
A huge Pick 6 carryover of R868 437 to Greyville today could see the gross pool sweeping past the R3-million mark, particularly because the bet seems fairly easy to catch.Brazilian-bred Cotton Club is the one to beat in Race 3, a 1600m Maiden Plate. c
Lucky Find (Maktoum Chal)
LONDON – Lucky Find bids to give Mike de Kock a farewell winner in the Georgia House Stud Darley Stakes at Newmarket as his British excursion comes to an end for this season.
Trainer Denis Drier
FOUR-KILOGRAM claimer Grant van Niekerk has forged a winning partnership with Always A Pleasure and the son of Kabool could give the 17-year-old his fifth career victory when they team up again in Race 8, a MR 92 Handicap over 1000m, at Clairwood today.
Trainer Lucky Houdalakis.
FAIR Beau, one of two potential bankers on today’s Vaal programme, has been withdrawn from Race 3 by trainer St John Gray, which leaves Saintly Leader in the drivers’ seat.
SPEECH, winner of the first Pick 6 leg at the Vaal today (Tuesday 14 October), was treated as a first-timer for Pick 6 purposes in order to be as fair to all horseplayers as possible.
Corne Spies, Heraldic Seal
HERALDIC SEAL was sent off at 9-20 to win over 1400m at Flamingo Park last week and had a lot more in hand than suggested by the winning margin over Asmera of 0.75 lengths. He looks good enough to score again even though he will be penalized for that success.