IN the movie “The Lion In Winter’’ King Henry II packs his wife Eleanor of Aquitaine off to a tower in a lonely region in England and only visits her once a year. Owners Peter White and Graham Beck were about to do the same to their filly Aquitaine. In this case, the “lonely wilderness’’ would have been Port Elizabeth.
LONDON – Miss Keck shaped with a good deal of promise in her Flat debut at Southwell last month and looks the one to be on in the Hotel And Conferencing At Wolverhampton Maiden Stakes.
DUBAI – Tonight’s ‘Super Thursday’ meeting at Nad Al Sheba, a dress-rehearsal for the upcoming Dubai World Cup, has lived up to the hype with an excellent programme which should provide plenty of clues for the world’s richest meeting in just over three weeks time.
THREE of the runners who contested the recent Tommy Hotspur Handicap at Turffontein line up at on the sand at the Vaal on Tuesday for the R125 000 Autumn Sand Sprint over 1000m.
Archipenko, Dubai Thursday
ALL eyes will be on Mike de Kock’s smart Archipenko on his comeback in the Zabeel Mile at Nad Al Sheeba this evening, the penultimate meeting of the 2009 Dubai Carnival. The globe-trotting son of Kingmambo has a lengthy absence to defy, but has a decent record on the back of a break, so clearly can go well, despite his Group 1 penalty.
Trainer 'Lucky' Houdalakis.
THERE can be no better place to wind down ahead of the weekend than at Turffontein on Friday afternoon. The final twilight meeting of the season begins at 2.10pm and blends into the Greyville night meeting. Zorba’s Tale could be the story of the meeting in Race 5, a MR 90 Handicap over 1600m.
Basil Marcus, Jet Goddess.
THERE is a double drop for Jet Goddess when she contests Race 7 at Kenilworth today, a MR 84 Handicap for fillies and mares over 1200m. Trainer Basil Marcus’s charge has only run six times in her career, but in her last three outings she contested top feature events.
Singing Sword, Vaal today.
SINGING SWORD may be six years old but there is life in the old boy yet. Just when everybody had written him off Tyrone Zackey’s charge flew up late to deny the well-supported Buscador in a Pinnacle Plate over 1450m on the Turffontein inside track earlier this month to record his ninth career success.
GYPSY’S WARNING will be fully tested when she takes on Dancer’s Daughter in the Grade 1 Laurie Jaffee Empress Club Stakes on Guineas Day at Turffontein. The pair will clash over 1600m on Saturday 28 February.