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Despite the wide draw, trainer Brett Crawford has opted to run Rabada in the R1-million Peermont Emperors Palace Charity Mile over 1600m at Turffontein on Saturday 5 November.
The final field for the Grade 2 race on the Standside track was unveiled at a function at Emperors Palace yesterday, when the charities and their celebrities met for the first time.
Top weight is Grade 1 Gold Challenge winner Mac De Lago, who also finished third in the Vodacom Durban July and he will be ridden by Weichong Marwing for his brother Weiho.
Rabada was one of the best three-year-olds in the country last season and won the Grade 1 Daily News 2000 at Greyville. Sadly for the connections the son of Brave Tin Soldier he has drawn No 17 but is likely to come in to No 14 after the removal of the reserve runners.
He will have the services of Anton Marcus who has ridden him in all nine of his runs. “We knew long ago he was going to be drawn wide,” said Crawford. “Unfortunately that’s what is. Fortunately it is Turffontein on the long course and I’d say that will help a little bit.
“Anton knows Turffontein well. We will have to see if there’s speed in the race and decide on how best to ride him – whether we place him or give him a chance.”
He missed his first run this season through injury and Rabada will go into the Charity Mile without a warm-up run. However, that does not seem to be too much of a problem for Crawford. “He’s still doing very well.”
Among the fancied horses are Champagne Haze for the Gary Alexander yard, New Predator, trained by Johan Janse van Vuuren, and Mogok Master, who is doing well at home according to trainer Joe Soma.
“He had an excellent comeback run after a year’s layoff and he is doing well. I was a little concerned about his second run after such a long layoff, in case he went flat. But I have been giving him gallops at home and they seem to be doing the trick.”
Mogok Master beat Africa Rising in his comeback run and the runner-up franked the form with a very easy win next time out. Anthony Delpech takes the ride.
Champion trainer Sean Tarry will saddle Bulleting Home, who has Piere Strydom up, and filly Intergalactic with S’manga Khumalo in the irons. However, he is a little disappointed Wukkin’ Up is only the second reserve runner. “I’m sad she didn’t make the final field. She has won lot of races in her short career. With bottom weight she would have been a massive runner.”
The charity who draws the winning horse will receive R150,000, the charity represented by the runner-up will receive R100,000 with the other 14 charities getting proportionate amounts of the total donation, depending on the allocated horse’s placement. No charity will go home with less than R20,000.
Final field for the R1-million Peermont Emperors Palace Charity Mile (Grade 2) over 1600m at Turffontein on Saturday 5 November:
1 – 5 MAC DE LAGO (W H Marwing) W Marwing 62.0 – 114
2 – 7 NEW PREDATOR (J A Janse van Vuuren) G Lerena 58.5 – 107
3 – 10 CHAMPAGNE HAZE (G M Alexander) L Hewitson 58.0 – 106
4 – 2 DEO JUVENTE (G V Woodruff) C Maujean 58.0 – 106
5 – 17 RABADA (B Crawford) A Marcus 58.0 – 106
6 – 15 THE CONGLOMERATE (J Ramsden) C Murray 58.0 – 106
7 – 3 NO WORRIES (van Zyl) W Kennedy 57.5 – 105
8 – 19 CAPTAIN ALDO (S J Gray) …………… 56.5 – 103
9 – 4 SARATOGA DANCER (D C Howells) C Zackey 56.5 – 103
10 – 6 BULLETING HOME (S G Tarry) P Strydom 56.0 – 102
11 – 13 INTERGALACTIC (S G Tarry) S Khumalo 56.0 – 102
12 – 18 ROMANY PRINCE (O A Ferraris) S Brown 56.0 – 102
13 – 12 TEN GUN SALUTE (D C Howells) G van Niekerk 56.0 – 102
14 – 11 MOGOK MASTER (J A Soma) A Delpech 55.5 – 101
15 – 8 ST TROPEZ (J Ramsden) R Danielson 54.5 – 99
16 – 16 IRISH PRIDE (J A Janse van Vuuren) R Simons 52.5 – 95
17 – 9 MASTER ‘N COMMANDER (G V Woodruff) Reserve 1 53.5 – 97
18 – 14 WUKKIN’ UP (S G Tarry) Reserve 2 52.0 – 94
19 – 1 MOOFEED (M F De Kock) Reserve 3 55.0 – 100
Same Trainer: (2,16) (4,17) (6,15) (9,13) (10,11,18)
Scottsville new race times – Wednesday Oct 26:
Race 1 [12:00]
Race 2 [12:30] Bipot
Race 3 [13:05] PA
Race 4 [13:40] Pick 6
Race 5 [14:20] Jackpot
Race 6 [14:55] Race 7 [15:30] Race 8 [16:05] Race 9 [16:40]
Kenilworth new race times – Wednesday Oct 26:
Race 1 [14:05] Bipot
Race 2 [14:40] PA
Race 3 [15:20] Pick 6
Race 4 [15:55] Jackpot
Race 5 [16:30] Race 6 [17:10] Race 7 [17:40] Race 8 [18:15]
Scottsville Wednesday Race Previews by Andrew Harrison
Preview: RAW COURAGE failed narrowly at his second outing. The form has been franked and a repeat showing will see him go close. You could write your own ticket about SEATTLE SKYLINE on debut but he finished a close-up third. He should have benefitted from that outing and rates a strong chance. RAND HEDGE has disappointed too many times to be relied on but he has always been close-up and will crack it soon. GUNPOWDER PLOT raced very green on debut and looks set to improve. ROY’S STORMER made a promising debut and with a four-claimer up can feature. (Andrew Harrison: 14-16-4-11).
Preview: Tricky. STARWIN improved nicely at her second outing when tried in cheek pieces. Delpech rides and she can go one better. BEAU VAR has shown consistent form and has some ability. Marcus rides for the first time and can get her home. HALLOWED SPRING was a distant third on debut but should come on strongly from that effort and any market support could be significant. AMADORA caught the eye on debut. She has a tricky outside draw but is another who can feature. (Andrew Harrison: 15-3-11-7).
Preview: OLE GUNNAR has some good form in useful company. He takes a big drop in class and a claiming apprentice will ease his weight problems. He rates the one to beat. RIKITIKITANA has his third run after a break. He had a tough task from a wide draw on the poly last start and can do better here. FANTASY ART has had two good warm-up runs since returning from a break and his form has been consistent. UNBELIEVABLE CHAD has been a touch disappointing but this is his third run after being gelded and on his best form can feature. (Andrew Harrison: 1-2-6-3).
Preview: ROY’S PAST has been up against stronger maiden fields than this and will never get a better chance to win. COURAGEOUS KING is much better than his last two on the poly and at best rates a strong chance in this company. PORTMAN SQUARE is struggling but has done well over this trip. He has a wide draw to contend with. ROY’S EAGLE steps up in trip. He did show some improvement last run after returning from a break and could surprise. (Andrew Harrison: 1-2-3 -14).
Preview: ENIGHTENMENT was left with too much to do when sent out favourite last time out. She had smart form before that and rates a strong chance. INGA shed her maiden at third time of asking and looks to have some scope. She races in blinkers for the first time. DANCE CITY QUEEN needed her last run, her first in blinkers. She will prefer the extra. CHARISMA has had one sprint on the poly since arriving from the Cape. She will much prefer this trip and is one to watch in the betting. (Andrew Harrison: 2-6-1-3).
Preview: Difficult. ALL TRUE MAN has improved in blinkers and is in good form. ROY’S MARCIANO has his third run after a break. He improved nicely last start and meets a weak field. SKYFIRE is taking on males but has taken a big drop in the ratings. With Tajesh Juglall taking four kgs off her back she should be competitive. CAPTAIN ELLIO has some fair Highveld form. He is lightly raced but is likely to feature strongly here. RISKY ROSCO has not been far back at recent outings and can surprise on his best effort. (Andrew Harrison: 6-5-4-2).
Preview: EXECUTIVE POWER seldom runs a bad race and was not disgraced in a useful field last time out and that form has since been franked. BUDAPEST showed up well first up from a lengthy break. At best he will go very close. HIGHWAY EXPLORER has been knocking at the door for some time now. He has a handy weight and with Delpech up is a likely winner. PIANO MAN loves this course and is especially effective if the ground comes up soft. JUST ASK ME has put up two smart recent efforts on the poly and now switches to the turf. (Andrew Harrison: 5-9-8-4).
Preview: A WOMANS WAY won a Gr2 at second time of asking. She was arguably desperately unlucky at her last start against much stronger than she meets today and should take a power of beating. ISINGAMOYA has a big weight but also a touch of class. She shed her maiden ove course and distance and is a big runner. RESPECT AT BAY is never far back and has useful form over course and distance. She looks the most likely danger. DEEP DOWN REBEL has come good in blinkers but takes a rise in class here but can still place. (Andrew Harrison: 6-1-8-7).
Preview: Difficult in a poor field. MILLRACE has been consistent and with Marcus replacing a four-claiming apprentice he must have a decent chance in this company. WESKUS KLONG was not too far back in his local debut and can improve on that effort. BLUNDERBUSS took on stronger last start and appears to have found some form. The blinkers are back on. CHILL is never far back and has a big chance in a race of this nature. SEMONKONG did not feature against stronger last outing even with a light weight but can do better here. (Andrew Harrison: 6-4-5-2).
Kenilworth Wednesday Race Previews by Warren Lenferna:
Preview: KATNISS made an excellent debut and should take a power of beating this time around. SEATTLE SILVA ran well on debut and has tons of scope to improve and get much closer today. UNDER MILKWOOD has some ability and can place in a field like this – quartet chance. (Warren Lenferna 4-9-1)
Preview: WHISKY BARON has not run for a while but has strong form – he will need a bit further but I believe his class and ability will pull him right through to the winners box – hard to beat. NEWLANDS has good form and should be right there and the same can be said about A NEW DAWN. (Warren Lenferna 3-4-5)
Preview: HITHER GREEN is coming to form and looks ready to score now. ANGEL OF ATHENS was not far off on debut and should be able to improve to get much closer now and threaten the judges. KONKOLA is seldom far off and deserves a place in the quartet perms. (Warren Lenferna 5-11-6)
Preview: TIFFINDELL was running on well on debut to finish third – she is well bred and clearly has some ability – she should improve and can now win at the second time of asking. EMPIRE RISING and SANDY BAY are fair horses and can certainly place in a race like this but they will all have to go some to beat the first choice. (Warren Lenferna 12-1-2)
Preview: HANABI is ultra consistent and comes into this race with serious each way claims. CANDALEEYAH is also running well and cannot be overlooked – the stable is in fine form. WAKE UP MAGGIE (sung by Rod Stewart) is doing really well – she returns from a stint in KZN where she did well finishing close up behind highly rated Blaze Of Mystery and The Secret Is Out. She has a chance. (Warren Lenferna 2-3-4)
Preview: CABALLO BLANCO is seldom far off the action and a similar performance can be expected today – bright each way chance. CAPTAIN BAGG can go with some of the best of them and he has a strong chance in this race. He will enjoy some weight off his back from the claiming apprentice. LA FAVOURARI is worth including in the quartet. (Warren Lenferna 8-1-2)
Preview: CRAVEN won as he liked last time and has been selected to record back to back victories. He seems pretty useful. THE SLADE has run well in KZN and must have been sent to Cape Town for a reason – big respect and big chance. ONE DIRECTION and GYRE are worth mentioning as well. (Warren Lenferna 2-5-4)
Preview: DOUBLE J caught the eye on debut and should relish the mile he gets today. He has been selected to improve and win at the second time of asking. RAHEEB has not been far off in both runs to date and can now get much closer – big chance. RINJANI has a place chance but will win soon but they will all have to run some to beat DOUBLE J! (Warren Lenferna 1-16-5)
Craven will start at short odds for his handicap debut at Kenilworth today and it will be a shock if he gets beaten.
This is the horse that Andrew Fortune has already committed to riding in the Cape Guineas and Derby and who was backed down to 1-4 at Durbanville three weeks ago when he won easing up with the former champion blaming himself for a bad ride.
Fortune cried off his mounts early yesterday – he wasn’t feeling well – and Brett Crawford wasted no time in snapping up Richard Fourie.
First time out of the maidens is notoriously tricky but Crawford says he has no concerns on this count, reasoning: “I think he is above average.”
A nine draw shouldn’t stop the colt and his opening 85 handicap mark is not excessive (last Saturday’s winner African Night Sky, who won on debut, was put in at 83), particularly as Fortune stopped riding 100m out and eased him before the line.
So, can anything beat him? The sahorseracing computer has him dead-heating with The Slade but One Direction (who the computer says will only finish fifth) could be a bigger threat. His record is similar to Craven’s and Justin Snaith said he could be a Derby horse after last time’s win.
Gyre was put up 1.5kg for his neck defeat of Mega Secret and is now a kilo worse. That was 35 minutes after Craven’s win and, perhaps significantly, Gyre’s time was half a second slower.
Crawford should also win the All To Come Graduation Plate with Whisky Baron who runs for the first time since failing to get the trip in the Winter Derby. He was beaten less than half a length by Marinaresco in both the Winter Guineas and Winter Classic and that is outstanding form. According to the adjusted ratings he is a racing certainty with eight lengths in hand.
True, he has not raced for four months but his trainer says he has few worries about this, adding: “This will be his first run since being gelded and he is working very well.”
But, while the ratings and weights say Newlands has no chance of beating him, this is a smart sort who was good enough to take third in the Langerman. “He is not rated to win but it wouldn’t surprise me to see him do so,” says Joey Ramsden, adding: “He is a huge big horse, he has been cut and he will run well.”
The computer is predicting a major upset, showing Lineker first past the post even though he was scratched last week. Ignoring that administrative cock-up, it has Lord Marshal as its next best but it shows Whisky Baron only fifth and Newlands trailing in last.
Vaal Tuesday (inside track) Race Previews by David Thiselton
Preview: JACKMAN was disappointing last time when handy over 1200m, although his third place was no disgrace, and before that he stayed on in eye catching style over 1160m. He is well drawn here over a trip he is probably looking for. RAYDAVERIC made a good debut from a tough draw over 1200m on Turffontein Inside, although it was a weak field. He should relish this step up in trip but has another tricky draw. FEARLESS FRED is a hard-knocking sort who is improving and should enjoy the trip but a high draw is against him. SABASTIAN is an interesting first-timer being by Dynasty and a half-brother to the fair sort Thunderwood, a sprinter to 1400m horse who is merit rated 85. Piere Strydom is an interesting booking. CANZONE is also an interesting first-timer from draw one, being by Gitano Hernando out of a Danehill mare and a half-brother to Crescendo, a sprinter to 1400 horse who reached a merit rating of 94. SIERRA REDWOOD is drawn well and should love the step up in trip. AUGUST DUKE went close over this trip in his penultimate start and can earn from a good draw. (David Thiselton 3-11-4-12-9)
Preview: NEPHRITE has a plum draw and has dropped to an attractive merit rating over a suitable trip. CHILI CON CARNE has caught the eye in his last two starts running on over 1200m and he has a plum draw over an ideal trip. DAKIWE is a consistent sort who is effective over this trip and well drawn. MAJESTIC BAY has the ability to earn from a good draw, but the breathing noises he makes are always a concern. FOREST FOX is an enigmatic sort with plenty of ability and can go close if producing his best, but he has a tricky draw. The unbeaten JIFFY makes his seasonal reappearance, but has to run off a harsh 103 merit rating and has a tricky draw. (David Thiselton 9-11-4-6-3)
Preview: ROUGE ALLURE ran a cracker over 1400m on Grand Heritage day, albeit from a plum draw. The form has worked out well and she has another plum draw. POISON SAIL made a fair debut over 1200m, will enjoy the step up in trip and has a good draw with Gavin Lerena up. BLUE BERRY PIE could earn from a fair draw if building on her last run when making late progress over 1200m. THREE KINGDOMS wasn’t disgraced on Grand heritage day and could earn, although she has a tricky draw. BRIGHTON BELLE made a fair debut at long odds over 1200m, but faces a tough draw. ETERNAL SPRING is by Dynasty out of a Gone West mare, who has produced two multiple bread and butter winners. (David Thiselton 13-12-5-4-6)
Preview: BANKABLE TEDDY has proved himself up to his current merit rating and is drawn well over a suitable trip. He looks to be the most race fit of all the runners here. MASTER SABINA is full of class but is likely using this as a prep on his way to defending his Summer Cup crown. He is well drawn and Gavin Lerena gels well with him so he would not be a surprise winner. MASTER SWITCH can still develop into a class performer, but is making his seasonal reappearance and has a tricky draw. (David Thiselton 6-1-5-3-4)
Preview: THE STONE THROWER ran a fair race on Grand Heritage day considering his low draw was against him and can make amends here from a plum draw. DANZA has a tricky draw but proved suited to this trip last time so could make a bold bid, although it is his second run after layoff. AUSSIE AUSTIN could be anything after two fine performances over 1000m, but he is having his first run since February. SPORTING MONARCH’s Vaal form gives him a shout. However, he is 3,5kg under sufferance with The Stone Thrower on official merit ratings and it is his first run since early June. SAMURAI BLADE is 6kg better off in the weights than any other horse but he earned his merit rating in an 1800m event and is likely to find this too sharp. (David Thiselton 3-2-4-5-1)
Preview: SEATTLE LADY beat the boys well on Grand Heritage day and has a chance here after running a fair race in a strong field over 1000m on Saturday. INYANGA has a chance here if repeating her last run two runs at the Vaal, which were both wins over this trip. TELL MY STAR is well drawn over a suitable trip and proved herself up to her merit rating last time. (David Thiselton 8-2-11-9-6)
Preview: QUEEN LAURIE has a good draw over a suitable trip and if repeating her maiden win can go close, although this is her seasonal reappearance. BEAUTIFUL SHAY has a plum draw and comes off a fine effort on Grand Heritage day over this course and distance, although she did find the favourable outside going that day. SPIDER FLOWER is better than her last two and has a fair draw over a suitable trip and is just two points higher than her last winning mark. (David Thiselton 2-5-8-11-3)
Preview: ALPINE GLACIER, who is a full brother to the talented Valberg, won his second start in good style over this trip and can continue to progress. CASCIANO has some good recent sprint form and has Strydom up from a plum draw. MINNESOTA is knocking on the door over this trip and also has a fair draw. (David Thiselton 3-11-13-5-1)