Jack Milner: Like most trainers, Alec Laird goes through good and bad patches. The one thing about his yard, however, is when stable is hot they can win features with the stable cat.
Jack Milner: Most readers who followed the build-up to the R1-million Emerald Cup probably tired of all the comments about the importance of a good draw in races over 1450m on the Vaal sand.
THE Corne Spies-trained four-year-old Tommy Gun ran strictly according to his earlier outstanding Vaal sand track form to comfortably win the R1-million Grade 2 Emerald Cup on Sunday.
Jack Milner: When it comes to the Emerald Cup draws are almost considered to be more important than form. Even Dominic Zaki, trainer of favourite Jet Jamboree, said at the final field announcement last week: “Half the battle is won with a decent draw.”
Jack Milner: Big Brown was a boom horse in the USA and in 2008 looked headed for greatness. The three-year-old son of Boundary won the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness and went off at 3-10 to win the Belmont Stakes and become the first horse since Affirmed in 1978 to win the Triple Crown. But, on the Friday following the Preakness, a 7.5cm crack was discovered in his left front hoof.
Dennis Drier’s Cape Summer of Champions season string will start being transported down to their Phillipi training centre base from next week and is as full of quality as usual, so he could once again have Grade 1 trophies to bring back to Summerveld by next February.