Trainer Basil Marcus
THERE is not much depth to the card put together for Kenilworth on Tuesday afternoon and a number of the races look particularly competitive. One of those is the chief attraction, Race 7, a Pinnacle plate over 1600m. The race looks highly tricky but Chamber Of Secrets has been in good form and could be the one to row in with.
Rudra, all on his own!
“MIKE targeted him at this race and this is Mike’s game…the Group Ones. This is where it counts.’’ That is how jockey Kevin Shea described his victory on 3-1 favourite Rudra in Saturday’s R2 million Steinhoff Summer Cup over 2000m at Turffontein.
TRAINER Charles Laird, who currently heads the South African trainers’ table, says his plans to emigrate to Australia are still on hold pending the realisation of certain requisites from Australian racing authorities.
De Kock: Rudra
TRAINER Mike de Kock is having a phenomenal year and on Saturday saddled his eighth Steinhoff International Summer Cup winner with top-notch four-year-old Rudra.
Milk and Honey, Vaal.
KWAZULU-NATAL form has been working out extremely well recently with many of the runners who have returned from that province, winning on a regular basis. Runners like Smart Banker, Causation, Jewel In Her Crown and Bouquet-Garni are typical examples of that and that run can continue at the Vaal this afternoon.
Trainer Alan Greeff
TRAINER Alan Greeff can get back into the spotlight when he saddles Tuvana Silva in the Fillies Guineas Plate over 1400m at Fairview today. Greeff has been having a quiet time of it of late but looks to have a number of winning chances at this fixture, including the main event which carries prize money of R70 000.
Trainer Alistair Gordon
AUSTRALIAN-BRED runners have been doing particularly well in recent months and Alistair Gordon looks to have another useful performer in Lord London, who contests Race 5 at Scottsville today, a Graduation Plate over 1400m.
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.