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Domeyer’s perfect but not first
Published: 17 January 2017

Despite winning all six of his carded rides, Aldo Domeyer's achievement is not a record in S.A.

Jockey Aldo Domeyer’s perfect six at Kenilworth last week was not a record for number of winners ridden on a day in South Africa, although he might have been the first to ride a perfect six (six wins from six rides).

Jeff Lloyd (Supplied)

Jeff Lloyd (Supplied)

Jeff Lloyd has reportedly ridden seven winners in a day on three occasions in South Africa. He repeated this feat on November 30 last year in Australia, when having 11 rides on a 12 race card at Sunshine Coast racecourse. Lloyd at age 55 became the oldest to win the Brisbane Premiership last season. He is on his way to reclaiming this title having ridden 78 winners this season, 32 clear of second-placed Robbie Fradd. He is chasing Chris Munce’s Queensland metropolitan record of 103. Lloyd is also locked in a struggle with William Pike to be leading jockey in Australia. Both riders are currently on 98 winners in all for the season. Lloyd recovered from a mild stroke in 2013, which makes his recent achievements all the more remarkable.

South African record-breaking jockey Piere Strydom has ridden seven winners in a day twice. On one of these occasions [July 14, 1990] he famously rode the Pick 6 at Gosforth Park, the only rider to have achieved this feat. He also rode the winner of the first race that day. His Pick 6 winners were the Mike Azzie-trained 6/1 shot Boy On The Run, the Mike Azzie-trained 18/10 shot Dandy Man, the Herman Brown Snr-trained 11/10 favourite Mathematic, the Robbie Sage-trained 4/1 chance Haystack, the Spike Lerena-trained 16/10 favourite Highland Gypsy and the Spike Lerena-trained 2/1 favourite Straw Lining. His other winner on the day was the Nic Claassen-trained 6/10 favourite Golden Child. On the same day Strydom rode in a match race on the Azzie-trained Brainteaser, who was beaten by the Cliffie Otto-trained Divine Act, and also rode in two other races.

The first to achieve seven winners in a day in South Africa might well have been the legendary Harold “Tiger” Wright. In a nine race Rand Turf Club meeting held at Newmarket racecourse in Alberton on February 3 1960, Wright had eight rides and won on seven of them. Two of the winners were for George Azzie, the grandfather of current trainer Mike, two were for EJ Sparks and one each for ETC Passmore, DC Littlefield and R Ralphs.

Domeyer’s achievement does not constitute a Western Cape record either as Garth Puller rode seven winners at Kenilworth on 27 September 1980, when having a ride in all nine races. Puller, who was SA champion jockey in the 1978/1979 season and is now a trainer, rode the first five on the card and also race seven and race nine. Four of his winners were for Peter Kannemeyer and three for Bert Abercrombie.

Basil Marcus (HongKongJockeyClub)

Basil Marcus (HongKongJockeyClub)

Basil Marcus achieved seven winners in a day on 3 December 1986 at Greyville where he rode in all nine races.

His first winner that day was on a top class sort in the Herman Brown-trained Singing Boy, who won a maiden over 1200m at odds off 11/10F. The son of multiple champion sire Foveros went on to win two G1s over 1600m and 2000m respectively, both when raiding Turffontein. Marcus’ other victorious rides were on the Joe Joseph-trained Foreign Attache (2nd race 16/10F), the Mike Miller-trained Business Liner (4th race 14/10F), the Ormond Ferraris-trained Bold Candidate (5th race 6/1), the Terry Ryan-trained Miss Lobkowiez (6th race 18/10F), the Brown-trained Harry’s Champ (8th race 13/10) and the Mike Airey-trained Hunting Queen (ninth race 6/1).

Marcus, a seven-time champion jockey in Hong Kong, also once rode six winners in a day in Cape Town while still an apprentice on 21 June 1975 where he had eight rides in an eight race card at Milnerton. Remarkably five of those winning mounts were by the great stallion Persian Wonder, who was duly crowned Champion Sire for the fourth time in succession at the end of the season. Persian Wonder won the sire’s championships two more times, but only after his great rival New South Wales had clinched the title twice.

Domeyer is currently in 15th place on the SA national log with 41 winners achieved at a strike rate of 17,01% and he duly has seven rides at tomorrow’s Kenilworth meeting.

By David Thiselton


Turffontein Tuesday Tips and Race Previews by INForm
Published: 17 January 2017

Turffontein Tuesday 17 January Tips and Race Previews by INForm...

Turffontein Tuesday 17 January Tips and Race Previews by INForm

Race 1– BANDOLA, typically of Silvano progeny, appears to be steadily improving. Looks ready to leave the Maiden ranks. Big winning chance. MISS WALES showed signs of a return to form last time out. Go close on best form. FLAMINGO VLEI was a beaten favourite in her penultimate start when stepped up in trip. Dropped back to the mile last time and seemed to prefer this. Form franked and has a chance here. (INForm 9-1-8)

Race 2 – AL HAMD ran a cracker last time out and there was clearly something amiss in his penultimate start. Rates the one to beat. JACKMAN has been expensive to follow but is consistent and can fill an exacta spot again. PRIVATE SWAROVSKI is improving steadily. Warrants respect. REBEL BARON has not been far off in sprints and can improve over this trip. (INForm 4-3-12)

Race 3 – TANDANA was disappointing last time out but is worth another chance in this lineup. AEROBATIC put in an improved last effort and the form of that race has worked out smartly. Big runner if confirming the form. MAIN ROLL has some scope for improvement and the booking of G Lerena catches the eye. Watch the betting on the first timers. (INForm 1-2-10)

Race 4 – BANDANNA is better than latest and was not far off in her penultimate start. Takes on the boys but the 2.5kg sex allowance could give her the edge. BRAVE NATION finished ahead of Bandana last time out with a much improved effort. Will need to repeat to have a chance. FLYING RUSSIAN always seems to find one better but is ultra-consistent and cannot be ignored. (INForm 10-1-3)

Race 5 – FIDILEO is the narrow first choice after showing improvement last time out following a steady rating drop. But this is a highly competitive field and there are many with chances. CAPTAIN OF MY HEART is lightly raced but has the form to be competitive here. TOMMY WATERDEVIL and A.Fortune team up again after a good last effort. A leading contender here. MAGIC, RAFA and RONNIE ROCKET must be included in larger perms. (INForm 1-2-8)

Race 6 – WINNING SISTER looks a leading contender down in class and following a fair effort behind the progressive Ana Pavlova. The daughter of Dynasty will appreciate this trip and gets on well with C.Maujean. INKOLO is not consistent but if repeating latest should be involved. TANGERINE LADY is never far of and is a must include. INDZABA has strong form and warrants respect at this level. (INForm 5-10-9)

Race 7 – SMARTIFACT looks progressive and went close first time out the maidens. Well clear of the rest on that occasion and could be better than rated. ARLINGTON has scope and could feature on handicap debut. The same applies to JUST CRUISED IN (maiden form franked). MY TREASURE finished close up last time and isn’t out of it off a lowered mark. FANGIA is consistent and never far off. KING OF BLUES has got staying power and this 1800m at Turffontein could suit. (INForm 1-9-2)

Race 8 – COOL FANTASY has solid form to recommend in another tricky contest and is the narrow first choice. BALALAIKA showed good improvement last time out and has a chance if building on that effort. SPRING INDEED will enjoy this trip and should be involved in the thick of things. FISH RIVER CANYON returns fresh from a short break and can improve. (INForm 10-6-1)


Banking on Aerobatic
Published: 16 January 2017

Tomorrows card at Turffontein boasts some possible bankers...

The Turffontein Inside track stages an eight race card on Tuesday and there look to be one or two potential bankers in the exotics.

The first leg of the Pick 6 over 1200m yields a banker opportunity in Aerobatic, who showed good pace over 1400m last time and finished just 2,25 lengths back against some promising sorts. She has very little to beat here and jumps from a good draw with Andrew Fortune up.

S'Manga Khumalo (Nkosi Hlophe)

S’Manga Khumalo (Nkosi Hlophe)

In the second leg over 1200m Prince Of War had his best run over 1000m at this course. He was staying on that day from a handy position, so can do well here from a good draw in his third run after a layoff. The two obvious choices are Brave Nation and Bandanna. The latter is better than his last run and is likely improving being by Silvano. Mr Rambo and Flying Russian are on top of those three on form, so also have to be considered.

The third leg is a typically competitive 1000m handicap, but the three which make most appeal are Kapitan, Magic and Captainofmyheart, who all have speed as well as fair draws and good jockeys. Rafa can’t be ignored, while Tommy Waterdevil is capable of running on from behind from a wide draw, and course and distance-suited Gun Fughter is only two points higher for his good last win. Topweight Fidelio is 1kg better off with Gun Fighter for a 0,5 length beating, but does have a tough draw.

The next leg is an E division handicap for fillies and mares over 1600m. Dancing Wall was well regarded earlier in her career and has dropped to a merit rating of 70. She over raced with blinkers on last time and they have been removed, so she is an interesting contender. Winning Sister goes well for Chase Maujean and if able to settle over a trip which is at the upper limit of her stamina range she could make a bold bid from a handy position. This looks sharper than ideal for Dawn Flight, but the strength of S’Manga Khumalo could give her a chance from pole position. However, to make sure of getting through, the whole field will have to be included.

The fifth leg is competitive, but Arlington impressed in his maiden win and with Piere Strydom up from a good draw could be a banker consideration. However, Bush Pilot, Just Cruised In, Smartifact, My Treasure and Patric could give him a lot to think about.

The last is a competitive fillies and mares handicap. Ribbonofmoonlight looks to be crying out for this trip and could score for Strydom from a good draw. Cosmo Russe Fish River Canyon, Bank The Bill, Spring Indeed, Cool Fantasy and Vogue’s Wood also warrant consideration.

By David Thiselton


Frankie flying in for Sun Met
Published: 16 January 2017

Frankie Dettori stole the headlines when the final field for the 2017 Sun Met was announced tonight...

Frankie Dettori will be at Kenilworth for South Africa’s richest-ever race day on Saturday, January 28, when the legendary jockey will ride Durban July-winner The Conglomerate for trainer Joey Ramsden and owners Mayfair Speculators in the R5-million Sun Met celebrated with Mumm.

Dettori, famous for his flying dismounts, will also partner the highly regarded Table Bay for Ramsden in the Investec Cape Derby and Cape Fillies Guineas winner Just Sensual for the same trainer in the $500,000 CTS Mile as well as the Dennis Drier-trained Seventh Plain in the Betting World Cape Flying Championship.

Ramsden has gone close in the Sun Met on more than one occasion and The Conglomerate has an obvious chance although he will have to respond positively to Dettori’s brilliance if he is to topple warm favourite Legal Eagle who also carries the colours of Markus Jooste’s Mayfair Speculators.

Justin Snaith has the biggest hand with three runners – last year’s Investec Cape Derby winner It’s My Turn, Baritone and exceptionally high-class filly Bela-Bela. Other notable runners include heavily backed Whisky Baron and Marinaresco, who went so close in the Durban July.

The draws will be decided after the 15 runners gallop at Kenilworth on Thursday morning (7am Tellytrack DSTV 239).

– TABNews

Final field for the Grade 1 Sun Met Celebrated With Mumm over 2000m at Kenilworth:

1 – 0 LEGAL EAGLE (S G Tarry) A Marcus 60.0 – 123

2 – 0 MAC DE LAGO (W H Marwing) A Domeyer 60.0 – 112

3 – 0 THE CONGLOMERATE (J Ramsden) L Dettori 60.0 – 107

4 – 0 MARINARESCO (C L Bass-Robinson) G van Niekerk 59.5 – 115

5 – 0 IT’S MY TURN (S J Snaith) P Strydom 59.5 – 106

6 – 0 CAPTAIN AMERICA (B Crawford) C Orffer 58.0 – 116

7 – 0 FRENCH NAVY (S G Tarry) W Marwing 58.0 – 113

8 – 0 WHISKY BARON (B Crawford) G Cheyne 57.5 – 110

9 – 0 BRAZUCA (J A Janse van Vuuren) G Lerena 57.5 – 109

10 – 0 BARITONE (S J Snaith) A Fortune 57.5 – 105

11 – 0 CAPE SPEED (D Kannemeyer) K de Melo 57.5 – 101

12 – 0 MAMBO MIME (D Kannemeyer) G Behr 57.5 – 99

13 – 0 MACDUFF (J Ramsden) D Dillon 57.5 – 90

14 – 0 BELA-BELA (S J Snaith) A Delpech 57.0 – 109

15 – 0 GOLD STANDARD (G S Kotzen) R Fourie 52.0 – 108

Same Trainer: (1,7) (3,13) (5,10,14) (6,8) (11,12)

Final field and draws for the Grade 1 Betting World Cape Flying Championship over 1000m at Kenilworth:

1 – 2 TRIP TO HEAVEN (S G Tarry) …………… 60.0 – 120

2 – 1 RED RAY (J Ramsden) A Marcus 60.0 – 117

3 – 17 TALKTOTHESTARS (F C De Beer) S Pasquier 60.0 – 116

4 – 5 BRUTAL FORCE (J Ramsden) D Dillon 60.0 – 112

5 – 11 TEVEZ (C L Bass-Robinson) A Domeyer 60.0 – 112

6 – 8 GULF STORM (B Crawford) G Cheyne 60.0 – 108

7 – 14 CAPTAIN ALFREDO (S J Snaith) W Marwing 60.0 – 107

8 – 16 GENERALISSIMO (D R Drier) A Delpech 60.0 – 107

9 – 9 SEARCH PARTY (B Crawford) C Orffer 60.0 – 106

10 – 15 ASSTAR (G R Puller) …………… 60.0 – 104

11 – 6 TAR HEEL (J Ramsden) …………… 60.0 – 104

12 – 18 SEVENTH PLAIN (D R Drier) L Dettori 60.0 – 100

13 – 10 DARING DAVE (D R Hodgson) A Fortune 60.0 – 98

14 – 7 CARRY ON ALICE (S G Tarry) S Khumalo 57.5 – 114

15 – 3 JO’S BOND (S J Snaith) R Fourie 57.5 – 102

16 – 4 RIVARINE (M G Azzie) G Lerena 56.5 – 105

Reserve Runners

17 – 13 PERCIVAL (W A Nel) Reserve 1 60.0 – 94

18 – 12 LINE BREAK (C L Bass-Robinson) Reserve 2 60.0 – 93

Same Trainer: (1,14) (2,4,11) (5,18) (6,9) (7,15) (8,12)

Final field and draws for the Grade 1 Klawervlei Majorca Stakes over 1600m at Kenilworth:

1 – 5 REAL PRINCESS (D Kannemeyer) K de Melo 60.0 – 106

2 – 20 SILVER MOUNTAIN (C L Bass-Robinson) G van Niekerk 60.0 – 105

3 – 16 NIGHTINGALE (C L Bass-Robinson) A Delpech 60.0 – 104

4 – 19 ALEXIS (B Crawford) G Cheyne 60.0 – 103

5 – 9 OLMA (F Robinson) I Sturgeon 60.0 – 103

6 – 18 A TIME TO DREAM (S J Snaith) A Fortune 60.0 – 102

7 – 13 STAR EXPRESS (S J Snaith) P Strydom 60.0 – 102

8 – 6 CAPTAIN’S FLAME (W A Nel) A Domeyer 60.0 – 100

9 – 4 BEACH GODDESS (B Crawford) C Orffer 60.0 – 99

10 – 3 GOODTIME GAL (M J Robinson) G Lerena 60.0 – 99

11 – 10 TAHINI (S G Tarry) …………… 60.0 – 97

12 – 12 MOONLIGHT ‘N ROSES (C L Bass-Robinson) M Byleveld 60.0 – 96

13 – 17 NEALA (S W Humby) D Dillon 60.0 – 90

14 – 11 SAIL (D R Drier) S Veale 55.0 – 102

15 – 1 LADY OF THE HOUSE (B Crawford) A Marcus 55.0 – 100

16 – 2 FINAL JUDGEMENT (G S Kotzen) R Fourie 55.0 – 99

17 – 15 CHESTNUTS N PEARLS (D R Drier) Reserve 1 60.0 – 97

18 – 14 QUINE (W A Nel) Reserve 2 60.0 – 90

19 – 7 MISS MARKER (C L Bass-Robinson) Reserve 3 60.0 – 87

20 – 8 PARTY CRASHER (G S Kotzen) Reserve 4 55.0 – 83

Same Trainer: (2,3,12,19) (4,9,15) (6,7) (8,18) (14,17) (16,20)

Final field and draws for the Grade 1 Investec Cape Derby over 2000m at Kenilworth:

1 – 2 TABLE BAY (J Ramsden) L Dettori 60.0 – 106

2 – 3 EDICT OF NANTES (B Crawford) A Marcus 60.0 – 99

3 – 4 ELEVATED (C/R Burger/van Reenen) G Cheyne 60.0 – 99

4 – 1 HORIZON (C L Bass-Robinson) G van Niekerk 60.0 – 98

5 – 5 ZODIAC RULER (S J Snaith) …………… 60.0 – 97

6 – 6 NEWLANDS (J Ramsden) D Dillon 60.0 – 94

7 – 9 WINTER IS COMING (F Robinson) I Sturgeon 60.0 – 90

8 – 10 OLLIVANDER (C L Bass-Robinson) A Domeyer 60.0 – 85

9 – 7 OMAHA TRIBE (V H Marshall) M Byleveld 60.0 – 80

10 – 8 CAPTAIN GAMBLER (J Ramsden) R Fourie 57.5 – 90

Same Trainer: (1,6,10) (4,8)

Final field and draws for the $500,000 CTS Mile over 1600m at Kenilworth:

1 – 12 WILLIAM LONGSWORD (V H Marshall) A Marcus 60.0 – 109

2 – 16 JANOOBI (M F De Kock) P Strydom 60.0 – 100

3 – 1 SINGAPORE SLING (G V Woodruff) C Maujean 60.0 – 98

4 – 5 AFRICAN NIGHT SKY (S J Snaith) R Fourie 60.0 – 91

5 – 6 I TRAVEL LIGHT (J Ramsden) D Dillon 60.0 – 87

6 – 2 DANCER (J Ramsden) …………… 60.0 – 86

7 – 9 A NEW DAWN (J Ramsden) …………… 60.0 – 85

8 – 17 COPPER FORCE (S J Snaith) A Delpech 60

9 – 15 TILBURY FORT (S G Tarry) …………… 60.0 – 84

10 – 11 KENNY TRIX (V H Marshall) M Byleveld 60.0 – 83

11 – 18 JUST SENSUAL (J Ramsden) L Dettori 57.5 – 109

12 – 7 SAFE HARBOUR (S G Tarry) …………… 57.5 – 108

13 – 4 SHE’S A GIVER (J A Janse van Vuuren) G Lerena 57.5 – 104

14 – 3 EPONA (J Ramsden) S Pasquier 57.5 – 98

15 – 8 WHOSE THAT GIRL (C L Bass-Robinson) G van Niekerk 57.5 – 90

16 – 14 PRIMROSE LANE (D R Hodgson) A Fortune 57.5 – 88

17 – 10 BIG BANG THEORY (B Crawford) Reserve 1 57.5 – 78

18 – 13 CANDID (C L Bass-Robinson) Reserve 2 60.0 – 82

Same Trainer: (1,10) (4,8) (5,6,7,11,14) (9,12) (15,18)

Final field and draws for the $500,000 CTS Sprint over 1200m at Kenilworth:

1 – 17 SERGEANT HARDY (S J Snaith) R Fourie 60.0 – 110

2 – 8 ALWAYS IN CHARGE (V H Marshall) A Marcus 60.0 – 108

3 – 4 ATTENBOROUGH (J Ramsden) P Strydom 60.0 – 101

4 – 16 ELUSIVE PATH (V H Marshall) M Byleveld 60.0 – 96

5 – 6 BUFFALO SOLDIER (C Laird) A Fortune 60.0 – 95

6 – 3 STARFLASH (V H Marshall) G Cheyne 60.0 – 90

7 – 18 LE HARVE (S J Snaith) A Andrews 60.0 – 86

8 – 7 LIVE LIFE (C L Bass-Robinson) G van Niekerk 57.5 – 101

9 – 11 CLOTH OF CLOUD (S G Tarry) S Khumalo 57.5 – 99

10 – 20 MYFUNNYVALENTINE (S G Tarry) …………… 57.5 – 97

11 – 15 EXQUISITE TOUCH (S G Tarry) …………… 57.5 – 96

12 – 13 BLAZE OF MYSTERY (D C Howells) K de Melo 57.5 – 92

13 – 9 A WOMENS WAY (D C Howells) I Sturgeon 57.5 – 91

14 – 10 RED LIGHT GIRL (S J Snaith) A Domeyer 57.5 – 90

15 – 19 AL DANZA (G V Woodruff) G Lerena 57.5 – 89

16 – 5 HASHTAG STRAT (L W Goosen) J Sampson 57.5 – 89

17 – 12 EXTRADITE (C L Bass-Robinson) A Delpech 57.5 – 88

18 – 14 WAKE UP MAGGIE (C L Bass-Robinson) D Dillon 57.5 – 88

19 – 1 CLIFTON SUNSET (B Crawford) C Orffer 57.5 – 84

20 – 2 FRENCH LEGEND (S G Tarry) …………… 57.5 – 83

Same Trainer: (1,7,14) (2,4,6) (8,17,18) (9,10,11,20) (12,13)

Final fields for the R1-million Kuda Sprint (Non-Black Type) over 1200m

1 – 2 BARRACK STREET (S G Tarry) …………… 60.0 – 83

2 – 8 BOLD RESPECT (B Crawford) C Orffer 60.0 – 84

3 – 10 PUGET SOUND (M F De Kock) G Lerena 60.0 – 80

4 – 18 SIR FRENCHIE (S J Snaith) P Strydom 60.0 – 79

5 – 3 APOLLO STAR (J Ramsden) D Dillon 58.0 – 75

6 – 16 BERNIE (C L Bass-Robinson) G van Niekerk 58.0 – 75

7 – 14 BIG MISTAKE (C L Bass-Robinson) A Marcus 58.0 – 77

8 – 20 CAPTAIN MY CAPTAIN (M F De Kock) A Delpech 58.0 – 85

9 – 17 HENRY TUDOR (S J Snaith) A Domeyer 58.0 – 76

10 – 12 RIKERS ISLAND (V H Marshall) M Byleveld 58.0 – 0

11 – 11 SNOW BOARDING (A Nassif) C Zackey 58.0 – 74

12 – 1 SUNDAY FALLS (V H Marshall) …………… 58.0 – 64

13 – 13 VARSIDE (S J Snaith) A Fortune 58.0 – 75

14 – 9 VOLCANIC SUNSET (S G Tarry) …………… 58.0 – 79

15 – 15 VORTEX STAR (S G Tarry) …………… 58.0 – 74

16 – 6 WALL STREET TRADER (C L Bass-Robinson) S Veale 58.0 – 64

17 – 19 WARRIOR’S REST (S G Tarry) …………… 58.0 – 73

18 – 4 WONDERWALL (S G Tarry) …………… 58.0 – 86

19 – 7 GOLD IMAGE (G S Kotzen) R Fourie 57.5 – 84

20 – 5 LACERTA (S J Snaith) …………… 55.5 – 76

Same Trainer: (1,14,15,17,18) (3,8) (4,9,13,20) (6,7,16) (10,12)



Important gallop for Bela
Published: 17 January 2017

Thursday's Sun Met gallops will be important for Bela-Bela...

The Sun Met gallops at Kenilworth on Thursday will be particularly important for 15-2 fourth favourite Bela-Bela, the mount of Anthony Delpech.

Justin Snaith said: “Bela-Bela was tired after her Paddock Stakes win. It was only her second race this season, the second horse (Safe Harbour) is a very good filly and I’d skipped a gallop beforehand because of the Met gallops.

Bela-Bela (Nkosi Hlophe)

Bela-Bela (Nkosi Hlophe)

“You see you can’t gallop then race ten days later, gallop again and then race in the Met nine or ten days after that. I don’t train horses that way and so I left out the gallop before the Paddock Stakes.”

Sean Tarry reports that Legal Eagle came out of his Queen’s Plate win in good shape and he is dismissive of suggestions that the Met favourite might be better over a mile than over the 2 000m of Saturday week’s big race. These suggestions have been based on Captain America, although considered best at a mile, finishing nearly two lengths closer to Legal Eagle in last year’s Met than he had done in the Queen’s Plate three weeks earlier.

“How many times have they met [over 2 000m], two or three?” he countered. “And don’t forget Legal Eagle won the SA Derby.”

Joey Ramsden confirms that The Conglomerate came out of the Queen’s Plate fine. The Durban July winner finished only seventh of 11 and Piere Strydom asked for the vet to check the horse out at the start.

Ramsden said: “I thought he ran a good race considering the trip and that he ran out of puff.”

Talktothestars, only tenth in last Saturday’s Khaya Stables Diadem Stakes, was returned not striding out on both front legs by the course vet. Tellytrack presenter and former trainer Stan Elley said shortly before the off that the ground was riding very firm for a horse racing without shoes.

By Michael Clower


Delpech delivers on Mr Winsome
Published: 16 January 2017

Anthony Delpech brings home Mr Winsome in the Listed Michael Roberts Handicap at Scottsville yesterday...

The Listed Michael Roberts Handicap over 1750m at Scottsville yesterday fittingly saw a top ride by Anthony Delpech aboard the Dean Kannemeyer-trained gelding Mr Winsome.

Mr Winsome usually starts slowly, but Delpech wasn’t concerned, especially as he found himself sitting behind Anton Marcus’s mount Stormy Eclipse.

Mr Winsome (Nkosi Hlophe)

Mr Winsome (Nkosi Hlophe)

The horse showed a fine turn of foot in the straight and made up a lot of ground to convert 2/1 favouritism, getting up to beat 18/1 shot Open Heir. Run Rhino Run was third with Caribbean Day, who was 2kg under sufferance, next best and Stormy Eclipse fifth. Gr 3 Christmas Handicap winner Rikitikitana could only manage sixth.

Mr Winsome is yet another son of Silvano who is coming into his own as a four-year-old. He has also benefitted from the layoff he was given during last year’s SA Champions Season, which allowed him to overcome a few issues.

This was Delpech’s third meeting on his return from a broken collarbone and he has already had four winners in just ten rides.

In the first race yesterday, a Juvenile Maiden over 1000m, the Paddy Lunn-trained Sail From Seattle first-timer gelding Autumn Breeze won by 0,25 lengths under Athandiwe Mgudlwa from first-timer Calladdi, who was backed in to 7/20.

The second over 1000m was won by the Tony Rivalland-trained Tiger Ridge gelding La Ferrari under Anton Marcus. The horse is so named because all of his owners drive Ferrari’s and built on his good debut, even though the latter was over three months ago.

The third race over 1200m saw the favourite Danish Cross having to be scratched due to an incident at the start. The Paul Gadsby-trained Rebel King filly Sarabi, having just her second start, remained calm as the horses waited to be reloaded and won comfortably under Lyle Hewitson. Fortunately, the new favourite Fashion Quest came second to help exotic punters.

The fourth over 1200m saw a good win for the big Mark Dixon-trained filly Spiritofadventure, a homebred of Avison and Mary Carlisle’s who was ridden by Marco van Rensburg.

In the fifth over 1200m the course record holder Humidor proved in need of the run and faded late. The Chris Erasmus-trained Yellow Star Stud-homebred Panza, a five-year-old Right Approach gelding, just prevailed from the gallant Albert with Roy’s Airforce flying for third.

The small Dennis Drier-trained Toreador filly Plume del Toro showed the size of her heart to win the next over 1000m under Sean Veale.

The staying race saw the Duncan Howells-trained Golden Sword gelding Sabre Charge repeating his maiden win over this 2400m trip with Keagan de Melo up again.

Howells and De Melo made it a double by winning the last, a fillies 1600m maiden, with Mambo In Seattle filly Pippin.

By David Thiselton


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