AS YOU LIKE
Neil Morrice: Over three training generations the family Laird has become synonymous with success in the pivotal races in the South African horse racing calendar. Little wonder the latest holder of the licence, 54-year-old Alec, is responsible for a fifth of the entire field for Saturday’s R2-million Sansui Summer Cup and harbours hopes of plundering that coveted prize with As You Like who frustratingly spent most of his three-year-old season chasing the shadow of Triple Crown hero Louis The King.
WAVIN' FLAG, PICTURED WINNING THE GOLD CUP
Jack Milner: Trainer Brett Crawford is not waving the flag of surrender just because Gold Cup winner Wavin’ Flag failed to have a warm-up race on the Highveld ahead of Saturday’s R2-million Sansui Summer Cup over 2000m at Turffontein.
PIERE STRYDOM WINS THE SELANGOR CUP ON ACT OF WAR
Nicci Garner: Jockey Piere Strydom showed his class and ice-cool big-race temperament when notching up his 5,000th career victory aboard easy winner Act Of War in the Selangor Cup (Grade 2) over 1600m at Kenilworth on Saturday.
“Finally!” was a tearful Piere Strydom’s comment after he scored the 5,000th win of his career at Kenilworth on Saturday aboard Joey Ramsden-trained Act Of War. “And I’m not done yet.”
Jack Milner: Three of last season’s champion three-year-olds and three of the current crop in the same age group will be seen in action at Kenilworth on Saturday in the Grade 2 Lanzerac Le General Green Point Stakes and the Selangor Cup (Grade 2), both over 1600m.