LONDON – Featherweight relished a step up in trip when winning her seasonal reappearance at Windsor and could prove well treated in her handicap debut at Leicester.
THE topliner at Kenilworth on Tuesday is a case of “class versus weight’’. Feature-race competitors like Ice Belle and Gone Wild take on some lightly weighted fillies and mares who have won their races in the lower divisions.
CAPE TOWN – Top-class racemare Dancer’s Daughter will be out of action for the rest of the 2008-09 racing season.The grey daughter of Act One has won three more races since sharing the honours with Pocket Power in last year’s Vodacom Durban July.
TOKYO – An overseas horse winning this year’s Japan Cup could theoretically win the biggest first prize in racing history after a lucrative bonus scheme was extended in a bid to attract more foreign visitors.
KENTUCKY – Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin is considering the Stephen Foster Handicap (Grade 1) on 13 June at Churchill Downs for one of his recent new arrivals from Dubai.
Bedloe's Island, Clairwood.
JOCKEY Anton Marcus will replace Piere Strydom on Bedloe’s Island, but the change of rider should not affect the recent SA Oaks winner in any way and she should go close in the Listed East Coast Handicap at Clairwood on Sunday.
Considered Choice, Race 7.
THE combination of blinkers, gelding and a return to sprinting did the trick for Considered Choice in his last start. The Australian-bred gelding has been off the track for 139 days but should be fit enough to beat off some war-weary opponents in Race 7 at Turffontein on Saturday, a MR 84 Handicap over 1200m on the inside track.
THANDOLWAMI has to be every owner’s dream. Purchased for just R80,000, the Woodborough gelding has amassed R820,150 in stake-money and can become another equine millionaire in the R350,000 Betting World 1900 (Grade 2) at Greyville on Friday evening.
TRAINER Dominic Zaki.
WHETHER a horse will take to the Vaal sand track is anybody’s guess. KZN trainer Michael Roberts brought Tropical Empire up for last year’s Emerald Cup because he felt the horse’s “high-knee action’’ would suit the sand. That belief turned out to be erroneous and as Sean Tarry explained later no trainer knows the answer until he tries his runner on the surface.
NEARLY the entire field could win Race 7 at Durbanville on Tuesday, a MR 84 Handicap over 1400m, but well-drawn Weathertalk gets the nod.
Dean Kannemeyer’s five-year-old Winter Romance gelding is not averse to the tight Durbanville track, having recorded a win and five places there.