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Published: 24 September 2016


Soccer 13 Net C/Over: R 5 877 792 on Saturday, 24th September 2016. Pool Closes at 14h30. Mark Sport 10 and Pool 1. Estimated Pool: R 35 Million.

Soccer 13Xtra Net C/Over: R 400 000 on Saturday, 24th September 2016. Pool Closes at 15h30. Mark Sport 12 and Pool 1. Estimated Pool: R 1.2 Million.

Borrowdale Net Pick6 C/Over: R 217 488 on Sunday, 25th September 2016. Race 2 off at 13h50. Estimated Pool: R 400 000.

Scottsville Net Quartet C/Over: R 12 706 on Sunday, 25th September 2016. Race 10 off at 17h05. Estimated Pool: R 500 000.

Scottsville Net Trifecta C/Over: R 5 277 on Sunday, 25th September 2016. Race 10 off at 17h05.


Published: 24 September 2016


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Francia could be the right one
Published: 23 September 2016

Greg Cheyne partners Francia at Durbanville tomorrow...

Francia can become the first of her sex to win the Settlers Trophy for 13 years at Durbanville tomorrow and upset better fancied stable companion Captain Splendid in the process.

She won the Winter Oaks in June as if stamina is her forte and this view appeared to be confirmed by her only managing third when starting favourite over a mile last time. It’s a bit disconcerting that she now has a different jockey for the fifth time in as many races but Greg Cheyne is as good as they come.

Captain Splendid, similarly bidding to become Justin Snaith’s fourth Settlers winner in ten years, is expected to start favourite. He won the East Cape Derby over this trip in May but last time’s success over the same distance has resulted in him being raised 1.5kg and there are grounds for believing that he could struggle to confirm the placings with Jeremy on the revised terms.

“Jeremy was unlucky not to win that day,” recalls Greg Ennion. “They went too slowly for him and, had they gone a decent pace, I think he would have won comfortably. He has been doing well and he is strengthening up nicely”

Corne Orffer’s mount has only a length to find but Ennion is also expecting a good run from Roman Discent even though this one  was nearly four lengths further back in last month’s race – “I thought he would fight out the finish with Jeremy but the slow pace didn’t suit him either. He pulled hard and burned himself out. However there won’t be a slow pace this time, I can assure you!”

Ennion runs four but says that Chrome Blue is better at Kenilworth and prefers 400m less, while Irish Dynasty is a whopping 8kg under sufferance.

Candice Bass-Robinson is hopeful that My World’s near two-month absence will not count against him and, while the statistic that no horse has won this with 60kg this century (and probably never) owes a lot to the steady rise in the maximum weight, victory in recent years has tended to go to those lower down the scale. That said, Grant van Niekerk’s mount likes this trip and has been dropped half a kilo.

Can Cope was unlucky not to win her last two starts over a mile but this is half as far again and the last time she raced this far was 12 months ago when she finished plumb last. “Her best distance is 1 800 -2 000m and in last year’s race she was three wide all the way and didn’t see it out,” recalls Harold Crawford. “But I’m sure she will this time if Grant Behr can restrain her early on and give her a chance.”

Riaan van Reenen’s Settlers record is on a par with Snaith’s – indeed far better if you take into account the size of their respective strings. He has won three of the last 11 while brother Reza won the 2003 running. “With a bit of luck we can do it again,” he says, pointing out that recent course winner Barossa Valley found 1 800m too short last time and is in good form.

Lady Redoute has run well over course and distance and stepped up considerably last time, her third run after a rest. However the handicappers promptly hit her with a huge 4kg rise.

Oh So Modus stays well but disappointed on his last visit to Durbanville a year ago. In January he was 11th of 15 in the J & B Stayers but only a head behind My World and is 2.5kg better. Even so, it’s hard to see him winning.

Michael Clower


Don’t be scared to banker Fortissima
Published: 23 September 2016

Don’t be scared to banker her in all bets...”

The Turffontein Inside track has another competitive nine race card tomorrow and punters can look forward to some attractive dividends. The stand out horse on the card is the Joe Soma-trained Fortissima, who runs in the eighth race, a MR 76 Handicap for fillies and mares over 2000m.

This four-year-old Fort Wood filly ran to about a 96 merit rating when finishing a 2,25 length second to the top class Juxtapose in the Gr 2 SA Oaks in her penultimate start. However, the rules allowed for a maximum five point raise, so she will run off only an 82 merit rating tomorrow. Her subsequent run in the Gr 1 Woolavington 2000 can have a line drawn through it because she had to take evasive action to avoid a horse which had gone wrong.

Soma always expected her to be better as a four and five-year-old. He confirmed she had duly strengthened and matured over the winter and will be aiming her at bigger events during the season. He said, “She is carrying a big weight (62kg) and is coming back from a rest (172 days) but she is very classy, we have always rated her highly, and in this field she should be classy enough. Don’t be scared to banker her in all bets.” She is drawn well in five and Gavin Lerena is up. Sultry could be the main danger, although faces a tough task as an experienced three-year-old running off a 79 merit rating.

The highest rated race on the card is a Pinnacle Stakes event over 2600m. Storm Warning looked to have enjoyed a perfect preparation into this year’s Gold Cup but was then excluded from the final field. He is the fourth best in at the weights tomorrow on official merit ratings, but has a plum draw of two over a suitable course and distance. Coltrane is the joint best in at the weights. His form suggests he is better on galloping tracks, but he should make his presence felt from draw four with Strydom up.

Elusive Flyer has twice gone close over course and distance. In November last year he gave Fortune Fella 1,5kg and lost by 0,6 lengths and is now 4,5kg better off. In his last start on August 27 he gave Penteliko 4,5kg and lost by 1,75 lengths and is now 3kg better off. He looks to have a chance here, despite officially being 4kg under sufferance with the best weighted horses. The Elmo Effect beat Elusive Flyer over course and distance last time by 1,25 lengths and is now only 0,5kg worse off, so also has a good chance, although he has a tough draw to overcome.

Penteliko is by Go Deputy so will be coming into his own now as a four-year-old. He came from last when winning last time so can be dropped out from his wide draw. Kingmambo’s Legacy has only tried a staying trip once, at the beginning of last year, and finished a close third over 2450m. He will be coming into his own now being by Ideal World and should now relish this sort of trip. He is officially 3,5kg under sufferance with the best in. The mares Kissimmee and Coby are the joint best weighted horses on official merit ratings together with Coltrane and they only have to carry 52kg and 50,5kg respectively.

Coby gave Elusive Flyer 5kg and a 4,85 length beating the last time they met over 2450m and represents the in form Gary Alexander yard. She has a fair draw of five under in form Lyle Hewitson, so looks to have a shout, although further back in her form Storm Warning beat her comfortably twice, including over this course and distance. Kisseemee has only ever taken the boys on once in a staying trip, over 2450m, and Storm Warning and Elusive Flyer have her measure on the form of that race.

However, she is drawn in pole, so can’t be ignored. Pyramus and Talbec both looks held at the weights. Fortune Fella would probably prefer a more galloping track and the weight turnaround with Elusive Flyer makes it tough. The selection is Storm Warning to beat Colrane, with Coby, Elusive Flyer and  The Elmo Effect next best, although it is hard to leave Penteliko, Kingmambo’s Legacy and Kisseemee out of the Pick 6.

The last, a MR 58 Handicap over 2000m, is another nightmare for punters. However, Bird Alley is the choice despite a wide draw as she was surging at the finish over 1800m last time at the Vaal and should relish the step up in trip.

In the second over 1200m Sierra Redwood caught the eye running on over 1000m on debut so will appreciate the step up in trip and is drawn in pole. Soma described his first-timer in this race Devadip as a nice horse, but added he might be green from a wide daw and he would prefer further in time.

In the third race over 1450m, Soma said Turn Back Time had been doing well and had improved from her last start but the draw would be a concern. Fingers Crossed caught the eye last time, in a fair maiden over 1200m, as one who would enjoy this trip and is well drawn with Strydom up, so she is tipped to beat Turn Back Time.

In the fifth race, a MR 81 handicap over 1600m, Dealer’s Charm, who looks a nice type, has been lowered one point and has snuck into the handicap with the minimum weight. Last time out over course and distance he had to be dropped out from a wide draw and ran on well from last.

Significantly he is now well drawn and can turn for home closer to the pace so is chosen to win. Soma is preparing Old Oak Tree for a tilt at a big ready To Run Sales race so is not too concerned about him being 2kg under sufferance.  He said he had been working well and with Muzi Yeni up from pole position he expected him to be competitive.

David Thiselton


Harry to get the wheels turning
Published: 23 September 2016

Diego de Gouveia combines with Wayne Badenhorst's Mark My Card at Greyville tonight...

Wayne Badenhorst only as a small string under his care at his Richmond yard next door to Doug Campbell and he will be pinning his hopes on his useful mare Mark My Card in the Handicap that heads up the first of the regular Greyville Friday night meetings that will run for the next seven months.

Mark My Card has been battling from coffin draws in her last five outings and finally cracked pole position this evening. Badenhorst has also booked the useful 2,5kg claimer Diego de Gouveia and the combination of a good draw and a claim could be enough to see the mare home.

Duncan Howells saddles Wind Singer who could prove the biggest danger to Mark My Card. She won her penultimate start on this course very easily but was then dropped back to a sprint and was caught for finishing speed. She will much prefer tonight’s trip.

Anthony Delpech, who has been confirmed to ride Met winner Smart Call in her UK debut, is beholden to the Kannemeyer yard and rides Little Chapel so Kegan de Melo gets the leg up on Wind Singer.

Harry Da Wheels can get Candice Bass-Robinson’s satellite yard off the mark in the Download The SA Racing App Handicap. The gelding has some consistent Western Cape form and makes his local and poly debut this evening. Weskus Klong has his second outing since arriving from the Cape and can improve over this extended trip while Des Egdes thinks Trendy Guy will be suited to the poly and will trouble the judges.

Scottsville was washed out last Sunday and the meeting moved to the Greyville all weather. The forecast for Sunday’s 10-race card looks more promising with today’s forecast of light rain due to clear by tomorrow. But as a consequence of last Sunday’s wash-out trainer’s looking for the turf have emptied out their yards.

Duncan Howells has a busy afternoon ahead with 16 runners to saddle but unfortunately for punters Magic Memory, a winner without a penalty and probably a cast iron exotic bet banker, has been scratched from the Electric & Pump Services Maiden.

However, A Womens Way is one of the stable stars after her victory in the Gr2 The Debutante and can give further notice of her ability when she takes on a more than useful field in the White Heart Décor Handicap where Howells also saddles the top weight in Littleblacknumber.

Although starting at long odds for The Debutante, the stable was quietly confident, the optimism tempered only by a wide draw on the tight Greyville turn. It proved to be a dog fight to the end with A Womans Way prevailing by the narrowest of margins.

On Sunday she has a handy galloping weight and although taking on some smart and seasoned older horses she has a lot in her favour.

Littleblacknumber and the lightly raced Free State are obvious dangers but are giving lumps of weight to a filly that seemingly has plenty of scope and a bigger threat could come from Call Me Winter. Mike Miller has saddled relatively few runners this past winter but is starting to step them out.  Call Me Winter landed her first two starts at short odds and found plenty of market support in a Gr3 at her next outing. That was over seven furlongs and she didn’t feature from a tricky draw.

She has not been out since June but has obvious ability and is in receipt of a kilo from A Womens Way.

The Niresh Gayadin Financial Planner open sprint has attracted some seasoned geldings and a lot could rest on how the top weight Asstar takes to blinkers and is able to lump 62kg to victory.

A month back Garth Puller’s charge was all the rage in the market for a Pinnacle Stakes but had an off day, finishing last of the 12 runners, that after winning the Umgeni Handicap and finishing third in a strong Gr2 Post Merchants line-up.

If blinkers put him back on track he rates the one to beat. Alec Forbes, who was aboard Asstar in his last three starts, partners stable companion Saint Marco but that may have more to do with the weights rather than anything else as Gavin Lerena goes to scale at around 57kg.

Saint Marco is obviously talented, winning his first two sprints before going down narrowly over a mile. However, he has not been out since November last year.

Andrew Harrison


Greyville Friday race previews
Published: 23 September 2016

Greyville Friday race previews Sep 25 by Andrew Harrison

Greyville Friday race previews Sep 25 by Andrew Harrison


Preview: Wide open. LUCKY BARB is better than her last two. She makes her poly debut and has a chance if she can find her earlier form. MANDOLIN made a fair local debut and has shown some ability on the Highveld. NATIONAL AGENDA made a fair debut but returns from a lengthy break. Delpech rides. MUNGO CHERRY improved nicely second time out and has a chance in this company. (Andrew Harrison: 5-6-4-9)


Preview: WINTER IS COMING is knocking hard on the door and it should open here. STORM OUTGOING made a smart debut for his new stable and now tries blinkers. He could prove a big threat to Winter Is Coming. MASTER RUNNER is lightly raced but has some fair Cape form and the switch to poly could bring out the best in him. GOLD DASH has improved back in cheek pieces and can feature. (Andrew Harrison: 6-11-1-8)


Preview: LEDIMASPRINCESS drifted in the market last start but was only narrowly beaten. She shows some scope and can go one better. RAES’’ DYNA JET has raced in feature company as a maiden. She has a difficult draw but looks the pick of the Van Zyl trio. TICKY TIN has shown up well of late. She makes her poly debut but can feature. KUDRA made marked improvement last run but Delpech has jumped ship to partner Ledimasprincess which may be telling. (Andrew Harrison: 8-12-5-7)


Preview: WESTCHESTER has shown up nicely on the poly at his last two. He is also down in class and can give Liam Tarentaal his first winner. GINGERBRED MAN is a recent maiden winner and took on much stronger in his first run in open company. He can do better in this company. MILLRACE has his third run after a break and has improved with each outing. He also drops in class and has a handy weight. BLUNDERBUSS is back in blinkers and did improve at his last start. (Andrew Harrison: 1-2-6-3)


Preview: HARRY DA WHEELS was a beaten favourite in the soft at Kenilworth last time out. He has consistent Cape form and can go close in this line-up. WESKUS KLONG is lightly raced and made a fair local debut. He looks set to improve. TRENDY GUY is never far back. He has consistent recent turf form and the switch to poly could see him find his best. WHAT A SCORCHER has shown his best form on the poly. He has been up against slightly stronger of late and can feature here. (Andrew Harrison: 8-2-10-1)


Preview: Open. MARK MY CARD has been showing good form and is due a change of fortune with a claiming apprentice up and a plum draw. WIND SINGER only got gong late last run over a sprint and will much prefer this trip. She has a handy weight and should put in a good effort. PEACH DELIGHT needed her last run and should come on from that. Stable companion LITTLE CHAPEL has excellent form on the poly but has been rested and may need it. OVERLAP is a course and distance specialist but also returns from a short break. (Andrew Harrison:  4-5-3-2)


Preview: AIR CHIEF MARSHALL made a promising local debut when send out favourite. He has a good draw and although he makes his poly debut he looks to have a strong chance. DOUBLE CLUTCH has improved with a tongue-tie and goes well on the poly although this may be a touch on the short side. SECRET WARNING has his third start after a short break. He has been up against stronger of late and from a good draw should be right there. THIRTYTWO SQUADRON has just been beaten at his last two over further. He must have a chance in this field.  (Andrew Harrison: 7-1-4-2)


Preview: MR O’NEILL looks to have some scope and has been running on late in both recent starts. He could do better this trip. ROY’S PAST has been close-up in his last two on the poly and steps up in trip again. PRINCIPATE improved last run and looks to be coming to hand. He makes his poly debut. PATROCLUS has come good on the poly and he should handle the step up in trip. He does have a tricky draw to overcome. (Andrew Harrison: 5-2-6-1)


Turffontein (inside) Saturday race previews
Published: 23 September 2016

Turffontein (inside) Saturday race previews Sep 24 by David Thiselton

Turffontein (inside) Saturday race previews Sep 24 by David Thiselton

Race 1:

Preview: BABY BEAN runs as if he will enjoy this trip and is by Ecomium who won over ten furlongs. PIPER ARROW ran well with first time blinkers on in over 2000m in his penultimate start and has run a reasonable race over 2400m before so if his last start is ignored he has a chance.  REMINISCENCE has improved with blinkers on and his best recent start was over 2400m. (David Thiselton 2-3-1)

Race 2:

Preview: SIERRA REDWOOD made  a fair debut over 1000m when running on and should enjoy the step up in trip. TIME TO BE GREAT was close up behind a fair sort over this course and distance last weekend so should earn here despite a wide draw. SINGAPORE SLING is by Philanthropist out of a three-time winning Western Winter mare from 1000-1600m and is a half-brother to two winners. DEVADIP is by Captain Al out of a Sadler’s Wells mare and is a half-brother to Listed Oaks Trial third-placed Estimation. CALL TO BATTLE has been backed in both of his starts but he seems a problematic sort as he faded tamely in his last race after seeming to be travelling well and last weekend he dislodged his jockey on the way to the start and bolted so had to be scratched. PRIVATE SWAROVSKI is by Brave Tin Soldier and is a half-brother to the Gr 2 runner up sprinter Pej. TIMEOFTHEVIKINGS has run a some fair races and could earn. (David Thiselton 10-1-11)

Race 3:

Preview: Piere Strydom is aboard FINGERS CROSSED who ran well in a fair 1200m race last time and she was doing good work late so should enjoy this trip. She is well drawn in three. TURN BACK TIME was backed when running well over course and distance last time and duly went close. The form has been franked but she now has a wide draw to overcome. SUGAR CUBE showed some zip on debut and this Miesque’s Approval filly will improve for the run, coming from the Alec Laird yard, and will appreciate the step up in trip, being a half-sister to Bezanova. SEEKING GOLD is by Golden Sword and is a half-sister to four-time winner Bajan Fantasy. DELIGHTFUL DANCER is by Dynasty out of the brilliant Dancer’s Daughter, but the latter has not produced a winner yet from two foals to have raced. (David Thiselton 1-11-10)

Race 4:

Preview: PATRIC flew from last over 1800m last time when dropped out from a wide draw and now has a good draw over a trip he might prefer. He is by Silvano so should be coming into his own. MATCHMAKER tended to take too keen a hold with blinkers on and is interesting with them now off. He showed the benefit of gelding last time and this will now be his third run after gelding. However, he does have a tricky draw to overcome. PAJAMA PARTY made a decent debut over 1450m considering he pulled badly in the early stages. That was in a weak workrider’s maiden and he now has a professional jockey up from pole position so will be a runner if settling. PERSIAN APPROVAL has been knocking on the door and is well drawn over a suitable trip. LUTE SOCIETY wasn’t disgraced against a well regarded sort on debut and has a good draw over a step up in trip he might enjoy, being by New Approach, although on the other hand his half-sister Flying Loot was a 1000m specialist. (David Thiselton 2-1-5)

Race 5:

Preview: DEALER’S CHARM gets a good draw over a drop in trip which should suit and he has snuck into the handicap with the minimum weight off his one point lowered merit rating. DAKIWE, who is a half-brother to Pierre Jourdan, has come into his own and should give another good account of himself despite a four point raise and having to carry topweight. BOY BOY is a consistent type who is competitively merit rated at present and he is affective over this trip. (David Thiselton 8-1-3)

Race 6:

Preview: DELAMERE’s last win was over 1800m on this course and he has run some crackers over 1600m so he should be in the shake up HAMLEY’s shock maiden win over this trip on the Vaal Classic track has worked out well and he is back to the same trip for the first time, albeit from a wide draw. He did not run like a no hoper that day and as a gangly type is likely coming into his own. He has been dropped seven points after his last two starts and has snuck into the handicap with the minimum weight so could surprise again. LISNOBLE is drawn wide but loves this course and  distance and is holding form. (David Thiselton 1-12-6)

Race 7:

Preview: STORM WARNING was unlucky not to get into the Gold Cup field and could prove a point here. COLTRANE is joint best in at the weights and is due a form return. COBY beat Elusive Flyer the last time they met and is joint best in at the weights with Coltrane and Kisseemee. ELUSIVE FLYER is 4kg under sufferance with Coltrane but enjoys the trip and has some eyecatching form. THE ELMO EFFECT could reverse form with Elusive Flyer at the weights considering their last meeting but has a tough draw. (David Thiselton 2-1-9-6-5)

Race 8:

Preview: FORTISSIMA finished second in the Gr 2 SA Oaks and was raised the maximum five points, so is running off a capped merit rating here. She has won two races over this trip, but has had a layoff since finishing downfield in the Gr 1 Woolavngton 2000 on May 28. However, her class should pull her through, especially as he has been said by te yard to have strengthened and matured over the winter. SULTRY won better than the margin suggests last time over 1800m here in just her second career start as she had quite a lot to do coming off the elbow. MY CHERRY is out of a Galileo mare so should enjoy the step up in trip and this will be her third run after a layoff. She was not disgraced in some maiden races in the strong centre of Cape Town before winning her maiden easily on the Highveld and then coming up against a promising sort last time when not disgraced again. TRICIA DUPONT is better than her last start and will enjoy this course and distance. CRANBERRY CRUSH is only 0,5kg under sufferance and ran well first time out the maidens over this course and distance. She is now well drawn. There is not much between her and BLUE SAGE at the weights. (David Thiselton 1-7-6)

Race 9:

Preview: BIRD ALLEY was doing good work late last time over 1800m and will love this trip but from a high draw she will have to be dropped out again and it won’t be easy. YOUNG FLIRT by Announce should enjoy the step up in trip as her dam by Winter Romance won over this distance. EYE THE COUNTESS has not done well beyond a mile before but ran on well over 1600m last time so might do well in this weak event. PEG O’MY HEART ran on well over this trip in her penultimate start and is now nine points lower so could earn in this uninspiring field. BELINSKY enjoyed hold up tactics last time over 1600m and ran on well giving her a possibility of getting this trip and a chance in a weak field from pole position. SAVANNAH JADE stayed on quite well last time over 1600m and won her maiden over 2200m so has a chance here if producing her best. SECRET ANGEL has done well over course and distance before and is off a competitive merit rating. SEAL MY FATE can do better than her first run out the maidens. (David Thiselton 5-3-11-12-6-9-10-2)


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