Trainer Charles Laird
JOCKEY Anton Marcus was adamant last week that Smart Banker would have captured the Charity Mile November Handicap, a race won by stable companion Likeithot. Taking a line through Rudra, Marcus would have been on the mark as Smart Banker overcame a No 14 draw to win the Grade 2 Victory Moon Handicap at Turffontein Sunday.
Geoff Woodruff, Escobar.
THE problem facing punters in Race 6 Turffontein today, a Pinnacle Plate over 1160m, is that many contenders are coming back from a rest. Rebel King has not run for 109 days and Succesful Bidder last ran 124 days ago, while Lady Perez has not seen a racecourse since 31 May, 159 days ago.
Trainer Justin Snaith
TRAINER Justin Snaith made a feast of it two weeks ago, winning five races at Fairview – all with Richard Fourie in the saddle. The Snaith stable is represented by 10 runners at Fairview and could assist Pick 6 punters with a banker.
Trainer Charles Laird
THERE is one certainty regarding the outcome of today’s meeting at Turffontein – there will be 11 fewer maidens in Gauteng when the curtain closes on proceedings. The card contains 12 races, 11 for horses who have not yet won a race.
Likeithot wins the Mile
IT was a sweltering day at Turffontein on Saturday as the sun baked down on the Johannesburg track. While most people were seeking out shady spots and air-conditioned rooms, there were others who just seemed to like it hot.
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