Trainer Mike Azzie
TRAINER Michael Azzie makes another raid on KwaZulu-Natal on Sunday and should return to the Highveld with at least one winner. In Race 4, a Graduation Plate for fillies and mares over 1450m, Azzie will saddle On Her Toes.
Trainer Ormond Ferraris
WHILE the spotlight will be on two Grade 3 races at Turffontein on Saturday – the Lebelo Sprint over 1000m and the London News Stakes over 1800m – that card is littered with top-class performers and punters still in Johannesburg over the weekend would do well to pay a visit to the track.
Jockey Gerrit Schlechter
GOLDEN Loom had an amazing career as a sprinter, chalking up 22 wins from 77 career outings. He earned over R2.7 million in stakes and will never be forgotten. Records may be broken in the next few months though, as Port Elizabeth’s darling Hear The Drums makes his 42nd appearance on a racetrack Friday.
Trainer Sean Tarry
IT is strange how some horses function better at the coast and at specific racetracks. Apple-A-Day is one of those runners. He has run in 32 races – 15 at Greyville. Of those, he has won three and placed on six other occasions.
Jockey Glen Hatt
THIS afternoon’s Kenilworth card is as dull as you’re likely to get for quite some time with the Western Cape Summer season about to kick off. Predestination does offer bettors a potential banker option for exotic bets as he looks the one to beat in Race 5, a Graduation Plate over 1800m.
Jockey Piere Strydom
IT is not often that one gets a Graduation Plate that is almost as strong as a graded race but that is exactly what has happened in Race 7 at the Vaal this afternoon. Three of the 11 entrants last ran in the Grade 3 Hertz Fillies Mile at Turffontein on Steinhoff International Summer Cup day and they should dominate this race.
Le Drakkar wins BSA Guineas
IMPORTED Le Drakkar (Aus) owned in partnership by recently passed giants of South African racing – Laurie and Jean Jaffee and John Newsome (Fieldspring Racing), produced a powerful run and sliced through his field to win the Grade 1 BSA Cape Guineas at Kenilworth on Saturday.
FELLOW-COMPOSER Robert Schumann once described Beethoven’s more sedate Symphony No 4 as a “slender Greek maiden between two Norse gods’’, referring to Symphonies No 3 (The Eroica) and the famous No 5, both with towering reputations.
APPRENTICE Danielle McCreery was able to extract an extra effort from Brass In Pocket to narrowly beat Martini’s Way over 1400m at this track last week. Trainer Peter Miller has elected to run the four-year-old again and has engaged the British-born lass for the ride once more.
Trainer Justin Snaith
TRAINER Justin Snaith and jockey Richard Fourie made it back-to-back wins in the Grade 1 Avontuur Estate Cape Fillies Guineas over 1600m when Sparkling Gem (12-1) led from start to finish in a powerful field including accomplished Graded winners Consensual and Zirconeum.