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.
Trainer Geoff Woodruff
TRAINER Geoff Woodruff dominated the R135 000 Listed Nomads Hyperion Handicap over 1450m in Turffontein’s inside track on Saturday when Buscador (33-1), got up in the dying strides to beat Profit Report, favourite at 3-1.
Jockey Marthinus Mienie
CERISE Cherry did phenomenally well in the five feature races he contested as a juvenile last season, his only unplaced run to date coming over 1400m, and he looks set to record his second career win in the R135 000 Falcon Sprint (Listed) over 1200m at Turffontein tomorrow.
Piere Strydom, back today.
IRISH-BRED Drayton, a popular early banker bet, has been scratched from today’s race meeting at the Vaal, which throws the event wide open and brings runners like Glittering Temple and Mount Hood well into the reckoning.
Trainer Glen Puller
QUICK MILLIONS is holding form well and he has the best credentials in Race 7 at Clairwood this afternoon, a MR 85 handicap over 1900m. He could hold the key to a successful day for bettors.
Last time Quick Millions was caught in the closing stages after going into his customary role as pacemaker and finding it just a little short.
Eagle Mountain (right).
SOUTH Africa’s globetrotting Champion Trainer Mike de Kock is set to write another new chapter in the history books by becoming the first South African to saddle a runner at the US Breeders’ Cup World Championships meeting at Santa Anita near Los Angeles, California, on 25 October.
Zarkava, decision pending.
STAR filly Zarkava is a doubt for this afternoon’s Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp.
Alain de Royer-Dupre’s unbeaten three-year-old has been the long-time favourite for the race, but heavy overnight rain could have scuppered her chances.
Sean Tarry in Longchamp bid
PARIS – The first G1 of Arc Day was rendered a farce after Fleeting Spirit’s stall did not open and the race was carried out in a style reminiscent of the 1993 Grand National.
Zarkava wins the Arc.
PARIS – Zarkava swept away all the doubts as she wrote her name into the record books with a stunning victory in the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp. Alain de Royer-Dupre’s filly had to overcome being drawn in stall No 1 and a tricky passage through the field, but sprinted clear inside the final 200m to maintain her unbeaten record in brilliant style.