4 Craig Zackey salutes as Universal is led in after his impressive maiden victory
Cover Image Craig Zackey steers the smart Universal to a runaway win at Kenilworth. Image courtesy of Chase Liebenberg
The season’s classic picture looks set to become a little clearer with Kenilworth hosting a cracking double feature on the Southern Suburb’s venue’s winter course on Saturday. While the fairer sex contest, the R150 000 Gr2 Western Cape Fillies Championship, ranks higher and boasts a bigger purse than the boys’ clash, it is the R125 000 Gr3 Cape Classic that looks a humdinger in the making. An uncle and nephew combination team up as Anton Marcus is in town and rides the Adam Marcus’ yard’s
Universal for an illustrious bunch of owners. A half-brother to the same team’s champion and 2020 L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate winner Vardy, Universal (Gimmethegreenlight-Cupid) made a huge impression when he registered the stable’s first winner of this season when shedding his maiden at the second time of asking by a generous 9,5 lengths. As reported at the time, he looked more like a 1-4 shot when displaying an awesome turn of foot to surge clear and win with complete disdain for his hapless ‘rivals’.
His race was bookended by two other events over the same trip, and tellingly his time of 77.62 was a full two seconds faster than that of Forries Forever, who had won the previous maiden fillies race in good style. And almost a second quicker than Ticket To Ride, who took the following MR80 handicap. The handsome son of Gimmethegreenlight was allocated a 97 rating for that facile maiden victory. “Universal is obviously a very special colt to us all, being Vardy’s half brother and he looks to have an exciting
career ahead of him. Well done to Darryl Yutar, Jimmy Sarkis, Greg Blank & Hilton Yutar. I am very grateful for their continued support. It was also lovely to have Gary Piha on course to lead him in with us. Definitely our lucky charm with Interbet!” said Adam on social media at the time. Saturday is Universal’s first serious test as he goes the 1400m for the first time and Brett Crawford’s exciting two-time winner Zapatillas looks his major danger. The Listed Sophomore Sprint winner was only touched off by the more experienced Hoedspruit last time and looks
a Guineas candidate in the making. In the fillies event, things are a lot more closely matched. Between them Justin Snaith and Candice Bass-Robinson, have seven of the eleven runners. But it is Glen Kotzen’s Kailene who has a consistent hardknocking record in the SA Champions Season from last term, and is the highest-rated galloper in the line-up. She may need the run and the preference is for the beautifullybred Amanzimtoti, a two-time winner from four starts and
proven over the trip. Fitness won’t be an issue in her case. Listed Irridescence Stakes winner Maria Querol heads the Snaith quartet and goes for four in a row. With a pole position draw, she is proven over the trip but may just need it after a seventeen week break. Follow all the action in the build-up to Saturday on www.sportingpost.co.za
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Aldo Domeyer seen mixing it with the locals at Durbanville on Saturday A reminder that food, drink, tote facilities and seating areas will be available on the ground floor at Kenilworth on Saturday for the general public.
New features include renovated function venues - the 1881 and Pocket Power lounges, a Costa Coffee store, new on course caterers, big screen tv’s, draught on tap, outside bar and catering areas and upgraded HD TV broadcast. Entrance and parking for owners, trainers and their 8
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12 The feature winning duo of Gavin van Zyl and Warren Kennedy
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Gauteng Summer Cup entry Donald Mcdonald put together a gutsy performance under an enterprising ride by national log-leading jockey Warren Kennedy on Sunday.
Trainer Gavin Zyl complimented Kennedy on his ride and said that the victory was just reward for owners Roger Coppin, and the father-and-son combination of Laurence and Jarryd Wernars.
The gelding registered his maiden stakes success when winning the R100 000 Listed Michaelmas Handicap at a wet Hollywoodbets Greyville, to drop the curtain on a cracking weekend of racing across the world.
Interestingly, Van Zyl, who thanked Gold Circle and the jockeys for keeping the ‘show going’, mentioned that a decision to give the gelding a short break on a farm saw him returning lame to stables.
In a race run at something of a muddling pace in rainy conditions, Kennedy took his season total to 74 when making his move at the right moment at the top of the home straight. Rewarded for a consistent string of performances, Donald Mcdonald (4-1) plugged away and dug deep to hold off the attentions of the evergreen 9yo Wealthy (16-1), who clearly relished the conditions at his favourite track, to score by a head in a time of 120,21 secs. Another consistent galloper, Sir Michael (5-2) stayed on without threatening, a further 1,20 lengths back. The favourite Native Tongue (3-1) failed to produce a strong finish and had to be content with fourth.
“No good deed goes unpunished!” he chirped. A R425 000 purchase at the 2018 BSA National 2yo Sale by Team G Racing, the halfbrother to exported champion Celtic Sea (Captain Al), Donald Mcdonald is a son of Ideal World (Kingmambo) out of the twice winning Mark Of Esteem mare, Ireland – the latter was, coincidentally, also trained by Gavin van Zyl. The 5yo completed an outstanding weekend for breeders Wilgerbosdrift & Mauritzfontein and took his stakes bank to R285 000 with his fifth win and six places from eleven starts. Top jockey on the day was Smanga Khumalo who rode three winners. Gareth van Zyl saddled a double. The Stipes Report: An Inquiry will be opened into
Jockey S Khumalo’s (NATIVE TONGUE ) crop use in this race. In the concluding stages, WEALTHY (S Veale) attempted to savage SIR MICHAEL (K de Melo). Jockey S Khumalo (NATIVE TONGUE) and Jockey D Dillon (GENTLEMAN’S WAGER) reported their respective mounts did not act in the going. Jockey D Dillon appeared before the Board and was questioned on why he opted to look for cover rather than lead on GENTLEMAN’S WAGER. Whilst the Board acknowledged that this gelding was versatile and could be ridden from various positions, the Board drew Jockey D Dillon’s attention to this gelding’s last run in a strong race when it lead from the start to the finish and requested clarity as to why a similar ride was not preferrable in today’s race. In this regard, Jockey D Dillon explained that, this gelding had not travelled as well in the early part of the race as it did in its previous run and it had not enjoyed today’s soft conditions. Accordingly, today he elected to use this gelding’s versatile racing style and settle him in to race in a handy position rather than on the lead. The Board noted and accepted Jockey D Dillon’s explanation.
In view of the performance of GURU’S PRIDE (S Moodley) (7.15 lengths, 40/1 in the betting) the Veterinary Surgeon was requested to examine.
DONALD MCDONALD (W Kennedy), the winner, was selected for the taking of specimens for analysis. Trainer G H van Zyl advised (SC).
LOVE THE VIEW raced with a compression mask. GURU’S PRIDE : Coughing
The Merits DONALD MCDONALD has had his merit rating raised from 93 to 96 following his win in the Listed Michaelmas Handicap over 1900m at Hollywoodbets Greyville (turf track) on Sunday. The Handicappers were of
the view that consistent 3rd placed SIR MICHAEL made for the best line horse, which leaves him unchanged on a mark of 93. In rating the race this way, 4th placed NATIVE TONGUE effectively becomes a line horse as well, which leaves him on an unaltered
rating of 106. Aside from the winner, the only other ratings increase was for runner-up WEALTHY, who goes up from 90 to 92. The sole drop was for GURU’S PRIDE, who was cut from 99 to 94.
16 Donald Mcdonald (Warren Kennedy) shows courage to hold off Wealthy (Sean Veale)
WILGERBOSDRIFT & MAURITZFONTEIN’S BANNER WEEKEND
Donald McDonald's hard-fought victory in the Listed Michaelmas Handicap at Hollywoodbets Greyville on Sunday put an exclamation mark on a remarkable weekend for breeders Wilgerbosdrift & Mauritzfontein. The Gavin van Zyl-trained gelding was one of a posse of seven winners across three meetings bred by the current log leaders. The banner weekend started at Fairview on Friday when Soft Falling Rain filly Weather Bomb lost her maiden tag in the colours of Michael Javett, who races the four-year-old in partnership with Mary Slack. She is the first foal of Encosta De Lago mare Purely Atomic,
who carried the same silks to victory in the Listed East Cape Paddock Stakes five years ago. On to Saturday's Turffontein meeting where no less five of the eight winners were either bred at Wilgerbosdrift or sister stud Mauritzfontein, four of which in quick succession. Paul Peter-trained Shangani kickstarted a memorable day with a fluent win in the 2600m second race. Also by Soft Falling, the lightly-raced four-year-old was scoring for the third time in just four starts and gave the impression that he relishes a demanding test of stamina, as did his dam, the Gr2 Gold Bowl victress Gorongosa and half-sister Chitengo, a dual winner of the Aquanaut Handicap.
In the 1450m third race, trainer Mike de Kock took the wraps off a potential good one in Courageous Cat, who swept to an eight and a half-length debut victory. The colt scored in the reverse Oppenheimer colours of Steven Jell, who races him in partnership with Diane De Kock, Noeline Malherbe, Spencer Cook and Murray Makepeace. Incidentally, he is the first South African winner for champion American stallion Kitten's Joy and is a grandson of Sadler's Wells, as is Horse Chestnut, the colt's broodmare sire. The colt's dam Tamdiid is also an own sister to Lucifer's Stone, who was Horse Chestnut's first and sole Gr1 winner
when he stood at Claiborne. The fourth race proved an all-girl affair, with victory going to the Dianne Stenger-trained Flower Alley filly Ms Flower Power. Off the track for seven months, she shed maiden status with a comfortable win going 1450m and was one of a Stengertrained double on the day for red-hot apprentice Rachel Venniker. Out of the Australian-bred Malmaison,
Ms Flower Power's half-sister Rosier won the Gr2 Debutante in the Slack silks.
Gr3-placed Petra, she is one of six winners out of Swallow Stakes winner Loupe.
The Wilgerbosdrift/ Mauritzfontein juggernaut continued its relentless march in the fifth race, where Ideal World filly Eternity Ring scored a seasonal debut over 1450m.
An amazing quintet of winners on the day was rounded out in the eighth race by De Kock-trained threeyear-old Aragosta. Making a return to racing after cracking his maiden in May, the son of Rafeef took the step up in trip to 1800m with aplomb to land the spoils by the best part of two lengths. A first foal, his
It was a third success for the three-year-old, to go along with back-to-back victories as a juvenile. A half-sister to
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dam Miss Galidora is a Galileo half-sister to the French 2000 Guineas winner and sire Clodovil. Which brings us to, Donald McDonald. The Ideal World five-year-old took his game to the next level when he became Wilgerbosdrift/ Mauritzfontein's latest stakes winner. His gutsy victory over the rain-softened track was also his first foray into stakes company. The five-time winner was rewarded for consistency,
as he has yet to finish out of the first four in 11 starts. Amongst the early entries for the Gr1 Summer Cup, Donald McDonald is trained by Gavin van Zyl as was his dam, the Brazilian import Mark Of Esteem mare Ireland. A winner of two races, she has gone on to become an excellent broodmare. Donald McDonald joins dual champion filly Celtic Sea as her second stakes winner and she is also the dam of multiple Gr3-placed
Cashel Palace. Wilgerbosdrift and Mauritzfontein's good run spilled over into the new week with first-timer Evening Primrose winning the fourth race at Hollywoodbets Greyville on Monday for young Gareth van Zyl!
while Donald Mcdonald has gone up three points following his victory in the Listed Michaelmas Handicap at Hollywoodbets Greyville on Sunday. Second entries for the Gauteng Summer Cup close at 11h00 on Monday 1 November. The final entries close at 11h00 on Monday 15 November 2021 after which the weights will be posted.
4. Thabiso Gumede LB 3 pages Al Muthana – MR Raised after recent win
Declarations must be in by 11h00 on Tuesday 16 November 2021.
GAUTENG SUMMER CUP COUNTDOWN
There are no changes this week to the Gauteng Summer Cup log as far as the top 20 places are concerned. Current Prev
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However, Al Muthana’s merit rating has been raised six points for his victory in a Pinnacle Stakes at the Vaal
Latest log for the Gauteng Summer Cup as at Monday 18 October 2021:
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GOT THE GREENLIGHT MALMOOS WAR OF ATHENA SECOND BASE NETTA PAMUSHANA’S PRIDE AFRICAN ADVENTURE SHANGO PUERTO MANZANO (AR BINGWA RUNNING BRAVE ELIUD EXPRESSFROMTHEUS SPARKLING WATER HOEDSPRUIT GOLDEN PHEASANT TIERRA DEL FUEGO FLYING CARPET TREE TUMBO JOHNNY HERO
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Joe Soma Mike de Kock Paul Matchett J A Janse van Vuuren Paul Peter Alec Laird Joe Soma Sean Tarry J A Janse van Vuuren Dorrie Sham Fanie Bronkhorst Candice Dawson Stuart Pettigrew Mike de Kock Justin Snaith B Botes / Y Vosloo Sean Tarry Sean Tarry Sean Tarry Tyrone Zackey
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HAPPY NEWS - MILE STAKE DOUBLED!
28 Outstanding MK's Pride - couldCandiese step up toLenferna the mile
Twenty seven entries were received at first entry stage on Monday for the stake-boosted R800 000 Gr2 Allied Steelrode – OnamissionMile to be run at Turffontein on Saturday 30 October.
position with Astrix at No 3.
Phumelela announced a 100% stake increase from R400 000 to R800 000 late last week for the race formerly known as the Charity Mile. And the quality entry includes a host of Gauteng Summer Cup prospects, including Joey Soma’s Got The Greenlight and SA Triple Tiara champion, War Of Athena.
“We are extremely grateful to Allied Steelrode for coming on board as the new sponsors of this popular spring feature event. This is extremely good news for owners, trainers, jockeys and grooms alike and is a positive boost during what has been a challenging time for everybody in the sport. It should be a cracking days racing with a 10-race card headed by the Allied Steelrode OnamissionMile and 5 other feature races.
Mike de Kock has nominated Al Muthana, who is now producing the promise he showed when winning on debut, Sparkling Water and Forever Mine. Other than MK’s Pride, Paul Peter has entered highly rated Sound Of Summer and stalwart Astrix while Sean Tarry has seven entries – Cornish Pomodoro, Flying Carpet, Ikigai, Seehaam, Indlamu, Tierra Del Fuego, and Willow Express. De Kock will be happy with the draws of Al Muthana and Malmoos, who are at No 2 and No 8 respectively, while Peter will be delighted MK’s Pride will jump from pole
War Of Athena landed the No 16 draw while Got The Greenlight drew wide at No 23. See the entries – please clickhere
It will also be the first meeting back on the standside track following its annual spring treatment” said Phumelela Racing Executive Patrick Davis. Allied Steelrode (Pty) Ltd is a world class service centre, providing de-coiling, slitting, plasma cutting, rollforming and pressing, providing quality and precision steel products. The company boasts unparalleled turnaround times and has always lead the way in new innovations and latest technologies. “I’ve loved horseracing for as
long as I can remember”, says Warne Rippon, Allied Streelrode’s Executive Director. “This feels like the fulfilment of a lifelong dream – combining my passion for the races and our business together. I think we’re on a winning streak.” “The synergy works for us with our business being about precision and quality, key components of the sport of horseracing. Both Warne and I believe in supporting initiatives that we are passionate about, and with this partnership we could bring business and passion together. We look forward to a long and prosperous relationship – the sponsorship of the Mile, is just the beginning,” concluded Arun Chadha, Allied Steelrode Group CEO.
CAMELOT TOPS On a day when Coolmore's 2021 recruit Wootton Bassett dominated the upper end of the Arqana scoreboard, a protracted battle late in the session propelled a Camelot colt to top lot. Mandore Agency's Nicolas de Watrigant struck the decisive bid at €440,000, making the son of Prix de l'Opera runner-up Board Meeting the highest-priced yearling sold here in October since 2017. Presented by Ecurie des Monceaux, the colt hails from a blue-chip line of mares who raced for the late Daniel Wildenstein and his family, Board Meeting's sister Bright Sky landing a Diane and an Opera at three.
SHEIKH DEFENDS CHAMP Qatar Racing and Qipco British Champions Day principal Sheikh Fahad has launched a passionate defence of retained rider Oisin Murphy, who began Saturday – the day that saw him crowned champion jockey for a third time – by seeing lurid headlines about himself on the back of two of Britain’s tabloids. The reports centred on a drunken altercation in a Newmarket pub the night before Murphy was stood down by officials at the first day of the Dubai Future Champions meeting this month after testing above the allowed riding limit for alcohol. As this was a second offence, Murphy will in due course face a hearing at the BHA. The Racing Post reports that speaking at Ascot on Saturday, Sheikh Fahad lambasted criticism from what he described as “tabloid rubbish” and “armchair pundits”. “Nobody reads the tabloids, that’s just tabloid rubbish,” he told ITV Racing’s lead presenter Ed Chamberlin. “Unless you walk in his shoes, I don’t think you have any say on what’s happened or what’s going on. He’s like a brother to me and everyone knows that. I’ve heard a lot of the armchair pundits and armchair journalists, people watching on TV, on Twitter, all that. “Unless you have walked in his shoes, you have no right to say anything. No-one’s dead and everyone makes mistakes. He’s a growing man, still a young lad.”
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GLOBAL VIEW TREBLE
Ascot Stud’s well performed Galileo horse Global View had a good weekend, with the Storm Bird relative supplying three more winners. South Africa’s Leading First Season Sire in 2019-2020, Global View kicked off the weekend with a double at Fairview on Friday. His first success came when his Danika Stud bred son James Gordon Jnr won the first race, the Welcome To Fairview Maiden Plate (1000m), in game style. Then last season’s Listed East Cape Fillies Nursery winner Sound Check provided Global View with a second win when she romped home to win the fifth race, the Racing Association FM 86 Handicap (F&M) (1200m), by a clear-cut two lengths. The Galileo stallion’s good form continued at Durbanville on Saturday when his Ascot-bred son Travel Master scored a game win over 1250 metres. By the late, great Galileo (whose legendary son Frankel is set to be crowned Champion Sire this year), Global View has ten lots on offer at the November Two Year Old Sale.
COWBOY’S COOL Space Cowboy dominated from the front in the Watch Racing Free Online At Coral EBF Conditions Stakes at Newcastle on Tuesday, the opening Fast-Track Qualifier of this season’s All-Weather Championships. The imposing son of Kodi Bear, from the Newmarket stable of Richard Spencer, is now guaranteed a start in the £150,000 Coral All-Weather Three-Year-Old Championships over the same six-furlong course and distance on Finals Day.
IRELAND OPENS Attendance limits at Irish racecourses look set to be scrapped from Friday after a relaxation of nationwide Covid-19 restrictions was announced by Taoiseach Micheal Martin on Tuesday. It is understood that Horse Racing Ireland is awaiting clarity from the Department of Agriculture on the exact implications of Tuesday's development. Racecourses' ability to welcome unrestricted crowds is expected to be determined by each track individually. Current restrictions around outdoor events allow 50 per cent of venue capacity where patrons have mixed Covid-19 immunity status, but from Friday it is expected those with proof of vaccination status will be allowed to use indoor facilities at tracks. Non-vaccinated racegoers may access only outdoor amenities, with Martin suggesting existing legislation around the use of vaccine passes will be extended until February.
BLOCKING BAFFERT The Breeders’ Cup will require all horses trained by Bob Baffert to undergo additional out-of-competition, pre and post-race testing, and other security protocols – all at Baffert’s expense. The extra testing is the result of a review undertaken by Breeders’ Cup into whether Baffert would be permitted to participate in 2021.Baffert is currently suspended from running horses at Churchill Downs until 2023 due to his Gr1 Kentucky Derby winner Medina Spirit (Protonico-Mongolian Changa, by Brilliant Speed) testing positive for the corticosteroid betamethasone in both initial and split-sample blood tests. A disciplinary hearing with the New York Racing Association will be held on January 24, 2022, with Baffert granted a preliminary injunction to race in New York until then. Baffert plans to run Medina Spirit in the Gr1 Breeders’ Cup Classic as well as Gamine (Into Mischief-Peggy Jane, by Kafwain) who will aim to defend her Gr1 Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint title.
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BSA’s Fisokuhle ‘Fiso’ Hadebe – the new rising star
FISO’S BIDDING TO BE THE BEST Bloodstock South Africa’s rising star Auctioneer Fisokuhle ‘Fiso’ Hadebe, who only made his professional debut seven months ago at the Mistico Cape Yearling Sale, has been crowned KZN and East Cape Champion in the Toyota SA National Young Auctioneer Competition. A proud Fiso, who celebrated his 21st birthday at the August National 2yo Sale, won the People’s Choice Award and also achieved a
national runner-up position. The competition is held to promote the livestock auctioneering profession, one of the pillars of the South African livestock industry. Participants are judged in categories according to rostrum performance, livestock knowledge and industry knowledge. An elated Fiso told the Sporting Post that the accolades and acknowledgement meant the
world to him as an aspiring industry professional, with ‘plenty to learn’. He thanked the BSA team and his veteran mentor Graeme Hawkins for all the encouragement and guidance. “I am so fortunate to have been given the opportunity by a long established industry leader in Bloodstock South Africa, who operate in a dynamic and competitive environment. I couldn’t have
asked for a more professional outfit and it’s very special to be a part of this terrific team.” Fiso told the Sporting Post that his hot and sweaty debut at the Mistico Sale in the Cape summer heat of February, felt like a lifetime away, and that he was relishing the opportunity to develop himself at the auctions. “I enjoyed the August 2yo Sale and next on the agenda is the November 2yo Sale. I have already been allocated my lots and have been reading up and studying the catalogue pages. I am being guided by one of the world’s best in Mr Graeme Hawkins.”
Asked whether he was sitting up all night before the auction as he had done on the eve of the Mistico sale, he laughed and said he had things ‘a little more under control’. “I watch plenty of racing and now do the ‘dry run’ in the shower,” he laughs as he recalls the hours of nervous tension and practice before he broke the ice. The young man, who doesn’t gamble, drink or smoke, hails from Estcourt and has moved to Durban to be closer to BSA’s Head Office, although he still goes home regularly to visit the family. BSA CEO Michael Holmes
congratulated Fiso on his fantastic achievement and said that they would be doing everything to assist him in developing his skills further. “It’s a great honour to have a team member acknowledged in this manner and we wish Fiso every success as he grows in what is a very skilled and demanding profession.” Fiso will be on the podium at the BSA November 2yo Sale on 20 November at the TBA Sales Complex in Johannesburg. The catalogue is online – please click here
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The October month-end weekend in the Cape promises to be a festive one with the 2021 CTS Ready To Run and Unbroken TwoYear-Old Sale, scheduled for Sunday 31 October, preceded by the R2R gallops on Friday 29 October. The R900 000 De Grendel Ready To Run Stakes, a joint venture by CTS and Cape Racing, is sandwiched in the middle – making it three great days to find a champion and enjoy the company of like-minded folk. All of the top breeders are represented, including Klawervlei Stud, Drakenstein, Lammerskraal and Normandy, with Julia Pilbeam’s Soetendal Estate out in numbers with a variety of beautifully-bred and well-prepped two-year-olds. “This is a catalogue with outstanding depth and variety. One of the best we have had, and there will be the customary value-buying potential for pedigree students
willing to do their homework,” said Grant Knowles, MD of CTS.
winning and graded-place mare from the close family of Kildonan.
In total, 127 lots will be going through the auction ring, and all the top sires are represented, including Gimmethegreenlight, Querari, Captain Of All, Vercingetorix, What A Winter, Elusive Fort and Rafeef.
Riethuiskraal will present a Visionaire first colt foal from Favour’s Pride, the multiple stakes-placed mare by Harry Hall, who brings world champion broodmare sire Pivotal into his female line.
A number of superbly bred first foals will come under the hammer, and among them are a Soetendal-prepared William Longsword colt bred from Dream De Ra, the halfsister to exported listed winner, Miss Frankel. From the same farm comes a Rafeef colt out of Golden Cloud (Silvano), from the immediate family of stallion Pomodoro.
Nadeson Park has an Elusive Fort first filly foal on offer – she is out of a four-time winning mare by leading international broodmare sire More Than Ready, from a good international female line.
Also sure to attract lively interest will be a colt sired by Twice Over from Jo’s Bond (Captain Al), who won eight races, including the Gr2 Southern Cross Stakes. Winterbach Stud also has a beautifully-bred William Longsword first foal from Kilauea (Trippi), the four-time
Normandy brings a second foal of Matushka (Windrush), a full sister to star mare Mother Russia. This one is a filly sired by Elusive Fort. Soetendal (as agent) has the third produce of the Casey Tibbs mare, Eva Tibbs, whose one runner so far is the listed winner, Paisley Park. Read the lot-by-lot preview – please click here
Get In Early! Cape Thoroughbred Sales (CTS), in conjunction with Meerkat Online Auctions, will enable pre-bidding, online, two days before the start of the 2021 De Grendel CTS Ready To Run and Unbroken-TwoYear-Old Sale. Buyers who would like to get a foot in the door well before the start of the live
sale, will be able to place their bids on any of the lots in the catalogue from Friday afternoon, by registering as buyers on the Meerkat website, www.meerkatonline.co.za Grant Knowles, MD of CTS, said that pre-bidding will be another innovative addition to the Ready To Run sales weekend, which starts with gallops on Friday, 29 October,
followed by the R900,000 2021 De Grendel Ready To Run Stakes on Saturday, 30 October. “We will be adding more interest and excitement, and engaging buyers and vendors in an interactive way before the actual auction.”
Full House – RTR entry and on the MGAS Bloodstock Online Sale
FULL HOUSE – OR A ROYAL FLUSH...
Twenty five entries were received on Monday for the R900 000 CTS De Grendel Ready To Run Stakes to be run over 1400m at Kenilworth on Saturday 30 October.
The race is restricted to eligible graduates of the 2020 CTS Ready To Run Sales and supplementary entries can be made before 11h00 on Friday 22 October, with declarations due by 11h00 on Monday 25 October. 49
Included in the entries are seven away raiders including Alan Greeff’s Port Elizabeth star Whatever Next and Johan Janse van Vuuren’s Quantum King.
Justin Snaith has five entries, including recent winner Full House who is on the GBAS Bloodstock Horses-InTraining Online Sale which concludes this evening.
Please read more about the sale here The final field will be determined based on merit ratings.
For those of the same rating, the number of wins prevails – failing that, a random draw will take place.
CTS READY TO RUN STAKES – entries Draw 9 8 2 24 11 1 20 21 3 10 4 15 25 7 17 14 19 6 16 13 18 23 5 12 22 22
Amell Area Fifty One Bush Tracker Dancetildaylight Fearless Trip Fifty Fiver Full House Homely Girl Incredibill Louis’ Diamond Mel’s Princess Mounia Official Secret On The Road Again Pam’s Princess Persistance Quantum King Queen Of Shadows Red Carpet Girl Sister Light Slings And Arrows Star Master Trip to Ireland Whatever Next Winter Scout Winter Scout
Justin Snaith Justin Snaith Glen Kotzen Candice Bass-Robinson Paul Reeves Vaughan Marshall Justin Snaith Justin Snaith Vaughan Marshall Vaughan Marshall HWJ Crawford/M Rix Sean Tarry Glen Kotzen Candice Bass-Robinson Juan Nel Mike Stewart J A Janse van Vuuren Justin Snaith Fanie Bronkhorst Sean Tarry Candice Dawson Brett Crawford Candice Bass-Robinson Alan Greeff Glen Kotzen Glen Kotzen
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Lot 15 – Unnamed (f) by William Longsword ex Estimation
KLAWERVLEI – QUALITY THE KEY
Perennial producers of top level quality racehorses, multiple champion nursery Klawervlei Stud have five lots on the CTS Ready To Run Sale next weekend. First under the Klawervlei banner will be Piroshka (# 13).
The Quasillo colt is out of the Kitalpha mare Mamalushka.
Next up is an unnamed William Longsword filly (#15).
He is a half-brother to three winners, including last season's Gr1 Garden Province Stakes winner Zarina. With his good looks and excellent pedigree, he'll be one to follow.
Out of a Gr3 placed daughter of champion US sire/ broodmare sire Distorted Humor, she is from the same family as international Gr1 winning fillies Estimate,
Lot 61 – Unnamed (f) by Trippi (USA) ex Wood Manor Ebadiyla, and Taghrooda. The latter is dam of the very promising Israr. Another William Longsword filly for the Klawervlei draft steps up as lot 45. Out of a Gr1 winning daughter of multiple champion sire Western Winter in Roxanne, this filly is a half-sibling to the Gr2 placed Putontheredlight. She is also a three-quarter sister to the stakes-placed Outlandos D'amour.
Rounding up the Ready To Run Klawervlei quartet is lot 61.
Liege, and the promising young sire Lance.
The Trippi filly out of Fort Wood mare Wood Manor and is bred on the same cross as Gr1 SA Fillies Sprint winner Real Princess. This powerhouse is a half-sister to five winners, including Spook Express Handicap winner Forest Express.
Klawervlei-bred 3yo’s in the entries for the R900 000 CTS De Grendel Ready To Run Stakes include Fearless Trip, Star Master, Full House, and one of the front runners in Quantum King.
Lot 128 is a Captain Al mare out of Calamint. She hails from the same family as champion sprinter Rebel King and fellow Gr1 winners Lyrical Linda and
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Lot 54 – Angelswillfollowme (c) by Master Of My Fate ex Take Me To Church
THE GOLDEN TOUCH!
In the countdown to the De Grendel CTS Ready To Run and Unbroken-Two-YearOld Sale at Kenilworth on Sunday 31 October at Kenilworth Racecourse, Gr1 trainer Glen Kotzen gave us his thoughts on Gary & Jackie Jolliffe’s
Golden Touch Thoroughbred Services quintet. The well-established vendor’s fabulous five is made up of four colts and a filly. Three are offered as agent. Lot 1, Bar Visions, is a
Visionaire colt out of a twice winning Jet Master half-sister to Gr3 winner Lady Of Steel. The granddam is the Gr1 Empress Club Stakes winner Fair Maiden. "He is a good-looking and
Glen’s top pick – Lot 58 – Big Slick (c) by Canford Cliffs (IRE) ex Velvets Reflection well-grown chestnut colt," comments trainer Glen Kotzen. Lot 14, Echoes Of Winter, is a What A Winter filly out of the Fort Wood mare Escondida. A half-sister to four winners, she is out of a winning three-parts sister to Equus Champion, triple Gr1 winner, and successful sire, Elusive Fort, and hails from the famous ‘E family’, associated with the maestro, Terrance Millard.
"She is pure class," adds Glen. The seasoned trainer says we won't find a nicer moving colt than lot 29. His granddam is a stakes winning daughter of multiple champion sire Giant's Causeway, the Australian power family of champions Ajdal, Arazi, and Noverre. Lot 54 is the beautifully named Angelswillfollowme, a Master Of My Fate colt out of a half sister to Durban July winning
champion Big City Life and Gr3 winner Cash Register. The latter is dam of four black type horses, including Gr2 winner Snapscan and the Gr1 sprinter Speedpoint. "He is a dead ringer for Master Of My Fate," says Glen, who trained the much-loved Big City Life to that memorable victory at Hollywoodbets Greyville in 2009.
Rounding up the quintet is lot 58, Big Slick, a Canford Cliffs colt out of a full-sister to Gr2 winner Reflective Image. This athletic fellow is a half-brother to two winners, including Gr3 Strelitzia Stakes third Gold Image, who won her first start only ten days after the 2016 RTR sale! As this is the first year the sale will be held at Kenilworth, Glen is bullish. "It is a world-class venue and time will tell," he says. All of the Golden Touch horses have seen the grass
at Durbanville, but Glen confirms that no pressure has been put on them. Entries were received on Monday for the 2021 CTS Ready To Run Stakes which will be run on Saturday, 30 October. Golden Touch have more than one past graduate they'll be shouting across the line. The Elusive Fort gelding Bush Tracker is one of the top selections. Official Secret and Winter Scout were both in the top twenty on the log. Another of their graduates, Jack Tarr
has been sold to Mauritius. "The race is a great incentive to buy at the RTR sale and Golden Touch continues to produce top class two-yearolds that are always well received in the sales arena. Feel free to contact us at any time, and we look forward to seeing you at the sale!" concludes Glen. Find out more: Gary Jolliffe - 082 345 4115 Jackie Jolliffe - 072 769 9521
New Winning Form jockey, Raymond Danielson
STINGRAY’S IN WINNING FORM Bordering on publicity shy, Raymond ‘Stingray’ Danielson is one of those low-profile sportsmen who clearly avoids the limelight. But with ten Gr1 victories in an impressive career haul
of 47 listed and group races, the single-handicap golfer is also a guy who gets the job done. Winning Form’s newest sponsored rider was chatting
to the Sporting Post earlier this week and responded to a bit of a curved ball opening question – ‘are you satisfied with your career achievements so far?’
For the record, Raymond’s most recent Gr1 dates back to June 2020 when Out Of Your League stormed home to win the SA Derby at Turffontein. “I am very happy that I have won 47 listed and group races so far. However, like any sports person I suppose, I feel I could be further. But I know that I still have so much more to give.And I am ready to step up and am very excited at the support of Winning Form via their sponsorship. I really am privileged to be part of the top team and can’t wait to see what the future holds.” With the imminent departure of champion Lyle Hewitson to the East, the prestigious Tarry first choice jock job will be vacated. Raymond has ridden many big race winners for the multiple champion conditioner – so does Stingray consider himself in the running with an outside chance of slotting in? “I have been freelancing for a good few years now. I am aware that Mr Tarry is keeping his options open. All I can do is work hard and hope that I get a few chances. And maybe with a few winners I can get my foot in the door. But nobody is
entitled to anything in life!” he adds modestly. Turning 36 on 12 November, the Port Elizabeth-born jockey had no family connection to anything equine or racing. But there are twists and turns of fate in all of our lives – and one such event occurred early on. “I got very lucky. I knew nothing about racing and had never seen or touched a horse. My friend Vestus’ Dad, Hannes Van Tonder, was an owner in Port Elizabeth and he introduced me to racing, taking my size into account. He took me to the old Arlington racecourse and I loved it. The rest, as they say, is history. The moment I sat on a horse I knew this is what I wanted to do.” Raymond joined the SA Jockey Academy in 2002 alongside the likes of Richard Fourie, Keanen Steyn, Muzi Yeni and Sam Freedman. His first winner was for trainer Desmond Egdes on a horse called Coastward at Hollywoodbets Scottsville on 7 March 2004. Fast forward seventeen years, Raymond has developed a top notch cv for a relatively low-key quietly spoken personality, and the Greenstone Johannesburgresident says he is at an age
and position in life where he has no excuses to go to the next level. Domestic stability also plays a role – he is unmarried ‘without children’, as he puts it, but he has been in a happy stable relationship for seven years now. “I am in a good space emotionally and physically. My plans are to get Johannesburg rolling with the winners, and then would like to travel to KZN and Port Elizabeth.” And, of course there is his passion – golf! “I try and play once a week. I play off a single figure handicap and get very competitive when it comes to golf as, beyond Manchester United and soccer, it’s one of my favourite hobbies,” he admits almost apologetically. So can we expect a few Gr1 winners this term? “I am fit, healthy, in my prime and now enjoy the support of a world-class sponsor in Winning Form. Hard work and patience are the key. Dare I say, watch this space!”
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Rachel Venniker – making the Dacha team proud
It's been 8 weeks now that we’ve been hanging around with Sporting Post, and with you as the glue binding us together, you’re making each week more worthwhile. It’s been really cool to connect with those who have reached out to us, who have given feedback and who have shared in the fun throughout our Dacha Competitions. It’s been great chatting to the winners and sharing some Dacha love. Although there were no winners this previous week, we have quite a few Dacha horses racing in the upcoming weeks and we’ve got a few other things to be celebrating too! The name Rachel Venniker springs to mind, and it’s not hard to see why. This woman is all over the place - she is unstoppable at
this stage, after a double at Turffontein this past Saturday. We love her not only because she is a fantastic jockey, but also because she is still so down to earth through her victories. As her sponsor and folk who hold this trait in high regard, we couldn’t be more chuffed. If you haven’t seen the recent video on her, posted by Gold Circle this past week - Check her out and give her some love. She deserves it, for taking on the boys and staying at the top of her game! While we’re not a horseracing business, we’re still continuously intrigued by the parallels between the two industries. There has been quite a bit of talk in the US about the pros and cons of Hemp Feed for horses. While hemp is usually grown for seed and it’s fibre, it is rich in protein
and amino acids, proving to hold many health benefits for humans and animals. Of course, there’s still investigation to be done into how this would or wouldn’t affect race and show jumping horses, but hay - It’s fun to contemplate anyway! While the Dacha team will be at Kenilworth Racecourse to root for Pineapple Express today we have the beautiful Wintertime entered Race 7 at Hollywoodbets Greyville on 27 October as well! She’s made us proud in the past; we’re hopeful that the consistency remains. You can vote for her here. If she places in the spot you think she’ll place, you could win a Dacha gift pack with our CBD Blends! Join the other winners, and get voting!
Principal Boy canters to post under Robbie Thompson
A FREE RIDE! The John Breval-trained Principal Boy was a true Mauritzfontein product by Free Ride out of SA Oaks winner Julie Andrews (SNL). The latter also produced Col Pickering and SA Oaks winner, Grease Paint. Her dam, Eliza Doolittle, by Epsom Derby winner and champion sire Never Say Die, was imported in foal in 1960.
Besides Julie Andrews, Eliza Doolittle produced another SA Oaks winner, Little Audrey (High Veldt). Principal Boy won the 1975 July on the disqualification of Gatecrasher. As a 5yo gelding he carried 49kgs to 3yo Gatecrasher’s 49,5kgs, meaning he met Gatecrasher on 8lbs better terms than WFA and finished a head behind him.
It was a top class run against an all-time great. He went on as a 6yo to win the 3200m Transvaal Handicap and the 1600m Charles Marx Memorial.
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THE FUTURE IS DAZZLING! The Sporting Post is proud to partner with BUSH to bring you the cream of this season's foal crop – our future stars. Outstanding prizes will be offered every month to readers, who will be asked to select their choice. Our first featured foal this week hails from Winterbach Stud in Stellenbosch. This powerful Gimmethegreenlight filly was born on 12 September, out of multiple Gr3 winning mare Jet Supreme. She showcases the quality of both her dam and sire. Next up are three impressive youngsters from Soetendal Estate, Wellington.
The first foal is a William Longsword filly out of Gr1 producing mare Bump 'n Grind. Born on 6 October, this foal is a half-sister to multiple Gr1 winner Via Africa. Bump 'n Grind has produced nine winners from ten runners and continues to impress. She has a filly on offer at the upcoming CTS Ready To Run Sale by What A Winter (Lot 4), and you don't want to miss out. Our second foal from Soetendal Estate is out of Dynasty mare, Blakes Mistress. Born on 21 September, this One World filly is from Gr3 winner Joshua's Dream family. Her William Longsword half-brother is heading to the CTS Ready To Run Sale at the end of the month (Lot 3).
The final foal from Soetendal is an impressive Oratorio colt out of Dynasty mare A Time To Dream. Born on 19 September, he is a little powerhouse and we look forward to seeing him develop over time. · Breeders are invited to email their foal images to email@example.com and provide the date of birth, sex, breeding and any family or background information.
Soetendal Estate (c) William Longsword ex Bump ‘n Grind – born 6 October
Winterbach Stud (f) Gimmethegreenlight ex Jet Supreme – born 12 September
Soetendal Estate (f) One World ex Blakes Mistress – born 21 September
Soetendal Estate (c) Oratorio ex A Time To Dream – born 19 September
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Aga Khan Stud
The magnificent Sea The Stars – Cape Cross (IRE) ex Urban Sea (USA) by Miswaki (USA)
ALLEGRETTA IN THE NEWS – AGAIN!
Just weeks after her maternal great great grandson Torquator Tasso (Adlerflug) captured the Gr1 Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, legendary broodmare Allegretta was once again in the headlines at QIPCO Champions Day on Saturday.
The dam of Arc winner, and star producer Urban Sea, and 2000 Guineas winner and champion sire King’s Best, made her mark at Ascot on Saturday through both Urban
Sea’s star sons Sea The Stars and Galileo, as well as through her granddaughter Al Ishq.
up with yet another star in the form of star three-year-old Baaeed.
Allegretta occurs in the pedigrees of Saturday’s Gr2 Qipco British Champions Long Distance Cup runner up and third place finishers Tashkhan and Stradivarius –with the pair sired by Allegretta’s grandsons, and half-brothers, Born To Sea and Sea The Star respectively.
The latter made it six wins from six starts when running out a courageous winner of Saturday’s Gr1 Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (sponsored by Qipco), while accounting for five time Gr1 winner Palace Pier (Kingman) by a neck.
The once beaten Sea The Stars has had a great year in 2021, and the former Arc winning champion 1has come
Allegretta appears in the pedigree of both Baaeed and Queen Elizabeth II Stakes
third Lady Bowthorpe (Nathaniel), with the latter sired by a son of Sea The Stars’ mighty half-brother Galileo.
from just three starts when victorious in Saturday’s Gr3 Richmond Homes Killavullan Stakes to give his tremendous female line yet another boost.
The latter also ranks as the sire of Galiway – whose son Sealiway stormed home to land Saturday’s Gr1 Qipco Champion Stakes by three-parts of a length.
Glounthaune’s third dam Al Ishq (a granddaughter of Allegretta) also features as the granddam of Eshaada (Muhaarar).
Either one of Galileo’s sire sons or Sea The Stars rate as the sire of four of the nine runners in the Champion Stakes, with third home Mac Swiney closely inbred to Galileo. Remarkably, Allegretta (Lombard) also features as the fifth dam of promising Irish two-year-old Glounthaune (Kodiac). The latter made it two wins
The latter picked up her biggest win thus far when accounting for a top-class field, headed by 16 length Gr1 Cazoo Oaks winner Snowfall (Deep Impact), to win Saturday’s Gr1 Qipco British Champions Fillies & Mares Stakes. The first six home in the Qipco British Champions Fillies& Mares Stakes all carry Allegretta in their pedigrees, while last home in that race, and Cazoo Oaks runner up, Mystery Angel’s granddam was sired by
Allegretta’s son King’s Best. Allegretta has plenty of representation in South Africa – through not only Sea The Stars (sire of Quasillo) and Galileo (whose current active sire sons at stud in this country include Flying The Flag, Global View, and The United States), but through her granddaughter Modraj (Machiavellian). The latter is dam of the smart galloper Just Cruised In (Just As Well) – winner of four races, including the 2018 Gr3 Caradoc Gold Cup. Allegretta’s grandson Proclamation also ranks as broodmare sire of last season’s Gr1 Cape Racing Presents The Cape Guineas winner, Russian Rock (Pomodoro).
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won Gr1 Daily News 2000, Gr1 Premier’s Champion S.; sire - first crop will be yearlings
out of full sister to Kentucky Derby winner & G1 sire
won Gr1 Allan Robertson Fillies Championship
and grandam full sister to Preakness Stakes winner & Gr1 sire
won Gr2 Gold Bracelet (2x); 2nd Gr1 Empress Club S. (2x), 2nd Gr1 Summer Cup
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BEST OF BRITISH!
78 Jim Crowley celebrates on Baaeed
The 2021 edition of Champions Day at Ascot was easily the best since it began ten years ago and over 25 000 racegoers were treated to an outstanding afternoon’s racing on Saturday. The standout performance of the day came from the William Haggas-trained Baaeed, who beat Palace Pier by a neck in a thrilling clash of the generations in the Gr1 Qipco Queen Elizabeth II Stakes. Baaeed only made his debut in June but has made remarkable strides since, and there was plenty to like about his performance against the
champion miler. A narrow victory, but the three-year-old was a decisive winner and it’s likely that he would have won easier if the race was run at a stronger gallop. Palace Pier will likely be retired to stud now, but Baaeed will be back next year to put his unbeaten record on the line. He is bred to stay at least a mile and a quarter so his owners, the Shadwell operation, will have many options as to where he runs next season. All the talk before the Champion Stakes centred around the rematch between Adayar and Mishriff, but it was the French-trained Sealiway who caused a shock to record
his first win of the season. Sealiway had finished runner-up to the now-retired St Mark’s Basilica in the French Derby earlier in the year, before a fair fifth in the Arc earlier this month. This group one win against horses rated 130 plus represents a significant career best. Connections will likely target another autumn campaign for him, such is his effectiveness in soft and heavy ground. Trueshan and Stradivarius had missed each other for much of this season due to unsuitable ground conditions for one or the other. On Saturday, they had their
80 The Queen receives a memento from Her Majesty’s Representative at Ascot, Sir Francis Brooke Bt.
second meeting in two weeks when contesting the Gr2 Qipco Long-Distance Cup. The former, the Alan King trained son of Planteur, confirmed the Prix du Cadran form without having to be at his best. Trueshan deserved extra credit for seeing out the race so well after being too keen in the early stages. Stradivarius, an eight-year-old in six weeks, may have run his last race, but will never be forgotten. Trueshan remains the one to beat next season when the ground allows and hopefully Subjectivist is back from injury to test him. Saturday also saw the seventh running of the Qipco Champions Sprint as a Group 1 and a very smart effort was needed from Creative Force to beat last year’s winner, the
front running Glen Shiel. Creative Force was a good winner of the Jersey Stakes over seven furlongs at Royal Ascot earlier in the year and the return to this track, plus a good positional ride by Will Buick, made the difference. He is very progressive and looks an obvious one for the Diamond Jubilee over course and distance next year. The Gr1 Qipco Fillies & Mares Stakes over 2400m was all about the well-being of the 4/6 favourite Snowfall, a triple Group 1 winner as she was 8 lbs clear on Timeform ratings. Unplaced in sixth two weeks ago in the Arc at Longchamp, she came up short once more on Saturday after having had every chance. The winner, Eshaada, a Shadwell homebred by Muhaarar, showed muchimproved form bouncing back
from a poor run in the Yorkshire Oaks in some style to confirm herself a smart and game filly. The form overall is only average for the race, but Eshaada is a lightly raced filly and should progress well from three to four. Aldaary capped off an excellent day for William Haggas and the Shadwell operation as he justified sustained support in the closing Balmoral Handicap. He is improving and won with consummate ease under treble winning rider Jim Crowley. Aldaary seems especially at home when there is ease in the ground and there is no doubt that he is a group horse for next year.
A Royal Occasion Queen Elizabeth II attended QIPCO British Champions Day during which she presented the trophy after the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes. The race has a prize fund of more than £1million.
The Queen also received a special memento created by Asprey, from Her Majesty’s Representative at Ascot, Sir Francis Brooke Bt., on the occasion of her induction into the British Champions Series Hall of Fame, the official Hall of Fame for
British Flat racing. The Queen became the first person to become a member of the Hall of Fame within the Special Contributor category, in recognition of her outstanding contribution to British Flat racing.
Chris Waller Racing
‘Nature Strip might be a six-time Gr1 winner, but his career will be defined by The Everest in 2021’
Chris Waller’s speed demon Nature Strip
A FORMULA 1 PERFORMANCE!
Chris Waller knew he had a Formula 1 sprinter in Nature Strip and the equivalent of Lewis Hamilton in the saddle in James McDonald, but if you don’t win the biggest race
and the championship, you will never be remembered.
The Sydney Morning Herald reports that Nature Strip might be a six-time Gr1 winner, but his career will be defined by
The Everest in 2021. It was done in the ultimate style from barrier to post – something McDonald and Waller couldn’t imagine on their way to Randwick on Saturday for the $15 million showcase.
“I have been in that position a lot of times leading on the turn, and, when he topped the rise and Eduardo was out of his comfort zone, I was thinking ‘I have a Formula 1 car with a turbo boost button ready to go’,” Waller said.
him for pace early and we would sit off him,” Waller said. “James knows him so well.
“The wind organised that for us, and he had the wind on his back at the end.
McDonald, who said he woke up with goosebumps on Saturday morning, said he rode the star sprinter to be himself.
“He has done it on the biggest day and won the championship. It’s very special because he is horse that deserves to have that accolade. “He has been the highestrated sprinter in the world for a while. That gave me confidence and he has justified it today.” McDonald had used his speed from barrier 10 in the 12-horse field and was surprised to find the front and the fence, and, when the petrol was running low, Nature Strip sustained enough pace to win. “I left it to James but I didn’t think he would lead, never. I thought Eduardo would have
That’s why you trust what he does, but when he was in front I was thinking, ‘I hope he knows what he is doing’.”
“I never imagined getting to the fence and the front,” McDonald said. “From there I just let him be Nature Strip, and when you do that they just don’t beat him. “They get close, but they don’t beat him.” Nature Strip had a long head to spare from a charging Masked Crusader at the post with a brave Eduardo a half-neck away in third. “I just had a good feeling about him, and anyone who has listened to me, I have been saying that whoever beats him will win,” McDonald said. Tommy Berry was coming so quickly at the end he thought he had made it very interesting on Masked Crusader, which
weaved through the field from last. “It has cost him at the start,” Berry reflected. Eduardo was very brave in third. After not leading, he looked beaten at the top of the straight but challenged again. “He went outstanding. Ran his heart out. Couldn’t ask for any more,” jockey Nash Rawiller said. Defending champion Classique Legend was, in the end, probably a run off his best. He loomed at the furlong for Kerrin McEvoy but couldn’t find the extra gear of last year. “He’s run well. Got back further than what I thought he would. The pace was strong,” McEvoy said. “Got into the three-wide line to move into it. He gave his best effort. We just came up a little bit short this year. Les has done a great job with him.”
Karis Teetan salutes on Panfield
MILLARD & TEETAN ROCK SHA TIN
Acclaimed as last season’s Champion Stayer of Hong Kong, Panfield underlined growing versatility and undoubted class with Gr2 Oriental Watch 60th Anniversary Sha Tin Trophy Handicap success for Tony
Millard and Karis Teetan at Sha Tin on Sunday. Benefitting from a thorough preparation since spelling with three trials, Panfield posted his first victory over 1600m since prevailing over the trip as
a two-year-old in his native Chile in June, 2019, downing Preciousship by a neck. Tourbillon Diamond was a further neck away in third place. Karis Teetan salutes on
Panfield (Pic – HKJC) Teetan, who was atop the Lookin At Lucky entire when victorious in the Gr1 Standard Chartered Champions & Chater Cup (2400m) last season, said the import had improved significantly since returning. “It was always going to be a question mark of how he would handle 1600 metres, but he’s been trialling really well and his work has been absolutely fantastic – I’ve been saying this season he’s been a different horse,” the Mauritian said. “He’s mentally and physically a different horse. Last season, I won on him and I felt like he was a big, galloping horse who did not know much – but had ability.
This season, I can feel that mentally he’s there and physically he’s starting to get better and use himself better. “This horse is really improving all the time and we went into today’s race with confidence. We wanted to win this race and halfway through we got crowded and he started to travel a bit. “When I got three-deep, he dropped the bit and relaxed and then into the straight, I wanted to get going a bit because I knew he would take the whole straight to extend.” Millard will next target the Gr2 BOCHK Jockey Club Cup (2000m) on 21 November, content in the knowledge Panfield will be even better suited over longer trips.
“He’s a little bit more forward than what I would have thought because we were getting him ready for the Melbourne Cup,” the South African said. “Today, he took out most of the top milers in Hong Kong, barring the best horse – the Horse of the Year (Golden Sixty). “It was a great ride. I’ve had most of the top jockeys jumping on and off him in a way that was a little bit unfortunate early on because I think maybe we could have got a better tune out of him if we’d just stuck to one jockey. Karis has got a good association with him now and long may it last.”
92 Cape Winter Series Champion Katak – more like his form of old on Saturday
CAPE STAR UPS HIS GAME 93
South African racing fans held their breath in the final strides of the SG$300 000 Gr1 Queen Elizabeth 11 Cup at Kranji on Saturday as the Katak fairytale looked to be making a thrilling comeback. The big son of Ridgemont Highlands stallion Potala Palace left his homeland over a year ago with a five-fromfive record that included the Cape Winter Series triple crown. After two below par starts for trainer Ricardo Le Grange in Singapore, and with an improved trial under the belt on 7 October, not too much was expected from Katak on Saturday, with some of his fans having moved on. But it was a half length and
Marc Lerner – his partner at his first two Singapore starts – that was to shatter the dream comeback. Coming off a ground-saving third place on the rails, despite breaking from the widest alley (10), Marc Lerner and eventual winner Hard Too Think had only Katak (Matthew Kellady) in his crosshairs inside the concluding stages after race-leader Minister (A’Isisuhairi Kasim) faded out of the race. For a few fleeting seconds, the prospect of witnessing Katak, coming good at his new Singapore venture in a feature race was looking on the cards, but Lerner had other ideas. The French jockey, who was certainly enjoying the rub of the green after winning three
races earlier (Miracle, Hyde Park and Siam Warrior), must have got a whiff of a fantastic four-timer coming in a Group 1 race when he peeled Hard Too Think across the weakening Minister to collar Katak. If some still doubted a winner at level weights against his own age group could get on terms with a Cape Winter Series Triple Crown winner in open company, the resounding reply came soon enough. Hard Too Think moved upsides of Katak at the 200m before forging clear to a most impressive half-length win with Lerner easing down late. The winning time was 1min 48.32secs for the 1800m on the Long Course.
results up to: 2021-10-19
TRAINERS Name Mr P A Peter Mr S J Snaith Mr G D Smith Mr A C Greeﬀ Mr S G Tarry
217 281 274 216 158
39 41 32 31 28
18.0 14.6 11.7 14.4 17.7
35 36 32 21 16
28 44 26 29 16
63 40 50 33 20
54 37 34 32 20
Other Places Place %
Win Stake (R)
Total Stakes (R)
43.8 45.2 41.6 41.7 32.9
2,105,188 1,762,150 1,275,000 1,268,750 1,266,688
3,050,688 2,751,875 1,980,750 1,818,813 1,786,063
Other Places Place %
Win Stake (R)
Total Stakes (R)
3,769,750 2,602,825 2,103,688 1,762,175 1,875,688
5,384,625 3,762,638 3,520,938 2,548,250 2,589,313
32 47 56 40 20
95 127 114 90 52
JOCKEYS Name Mr W B Kennedy Mr S Khumalo Mr M A Yeni Mr R D Fourie Mr L Hewitson
Rides Wins Win% 427 291 348 210 156
74 55 44 41 38
17.3 18.9 12.6 19.5 24.4
76 53 73 35 24
193 130 157 100 64
45.2 44.7 45.1 47.6 41.0
BREEDERS B.T. B.T. Total Runrs Runs AEPR Wnrs Wins Winrs/ Places Winrs Wins Stakes (R) Rnrs %
Wilgerbosdri� & Mauritzfontein 190 236 Klawervlei Stud Drakenstein Stud 92 (Nom: Mrs G A Rupert) 91 Maine Chance Farms (Pty) Ltd 94 Summerhill Stud (Pty) Ltd
30 167 19.9 187
188 194 221
22,081 21,417 20,592
27 26 20
32 30 24
29.3 28.6 21.3
0 0 1
0 0 1
2,031,438 1,948,950 1,935,688
Total Stakes (R)
83 85 78
SIRES B.T. Wnrs Wins Winrs/ Places Winrs Rnrs %
Runrs Runs AEPR
Master Of My Fate Vercingetorix * Silvano (GER) Querari (GER) Gimmethegreenlight (AUS)
115 98 107 110
256 182 204 248
20,943 24,216 19,402 17,471
27 31 30 27
30 36 30 29
23.5 31.6 28.0 24.5
131 78 88 89
1 2 1 0
1 2 1 0
2,408,475 2,373,175 2,076,000 1,921,800
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IT’S CALLED PRESSURE!
“Is it still the classic one?” How dare you ask such a question, of course it is! The history, the stories, the emotion and the classic moments associated with this game are etched in history and that will never change. This is a titanic game! No, neither side have necessarily been playing at the level we have come to expect…but that is only natural. The old guard will pass, and with it a new name, a new story, new emotions and new experiences will surely come. Therefore, place those bets, buckle up and enjoy my friends. Barcelona vs Real Madrid | Sunday 24 October | Camp Nou | 16h15 To Win (90 mins) Barcelona 16/10 Draw 26/10 Real Madrid 15/10 Barcelona Barcelona is in a precarious situation…Ronald Koeman has gone from suggesting the Barca fans owe him a great deal of gratitude, to being
humbled by the ultimate equalizer – sport. Ryan Liberty writes that the pressure the Dutch coach is under at the moment is unimaginable, don’t be fooled by the odd victory his side have managed to produce recently. The pressure is there. This is Barcelona and the Nou Camp after all. The Catalonian side have managed to win just twice from their last five, they are seventh in La Liga and are already flirting with an early exit from the Champions League.
United, I credit that more to individual brilliance as opposed to an impressive system and team identity. I thought the decision to gamble and essentially throw the kitchen sink at a bad situation paid off for Koeman. Playing Sergino Dest on the right was interesting, but it worked – so the coach is a genius, right?
Barca have a lethal attack and most of them are available for selection. I’m hoping Koeman consolidates his decisions by going for broke and really allowing his To be completely honest, I’m not team to be unleashed against sure what has gone wrong for their bitter rivals. Barcelona. Yes, they lost Lionel Messi but, at the risk of Real Madrid sounding ridiculous, they still have exceptional players. I think a lot of Real Madrid’s Marc-Andre ter Stegen, Jordi chances, and probably the Alba, Philippe Coutinho, Frenkie confidence of their fans, were de Jong, Ansu Fati and a bit too loosely based on the Sergio Aguero are players I presence of Sergio Ramos would argue could get into any and Raphael Varane. I mean team in Europe right now and don’t get me wrong, they make an incredible impact. And are classy players and true yet you have them all playing for generals in the back, but I the that famous jersey and just couldn’t always agree that simply flattering to deceive. they held the team together. Nevertheless, they faced a steady test in Valencia to begin a real tough week for the club and managed to come away with a good win. Going down early they rallied back positively and turned the game around, although much like is the case with Manchester
Los Blancos have also had a rocky start to their season, and yet they find themselves in second place – just three points off with a game in hand…maybe they were right – Messi leaves and La Liga becomes something of a
farmer’s league? Real Madrid still possesses the player and the ability to hurt anyone, the defensive stability to keep everything together and, in my opinion, the manager to extract every drop from his players. And yet, the inconsistent performances and sort of flat approach to their season so far remains masked by off-field antics.
sides have blown hot and cold and I’m not sure going all in on either side is worth the gamble. You have two sides with undoubted quality not quite reaching the level expected of them, but in that you might get a game played with absolute freedom and real opportunity for players to put their hand up.
Karim Benzema has now been embroiled in scandal. Modric seems to be concerned that players aren’t consulted enough about the decisions of FIFA and that’s not even mentioning the Kylian Mbappe distraction. The reality is this side isn’t achieving what they are capable of! Thankfully their results on the road have resembled a Madrid team of old, winning four from their last five in all competition. However, they still don’t put teams away with conviction. This probably isn’t going to be a game for the history books but I’m really hoping both teams, and especially their youngsters, use it as a sort of boost to restore a degree of normality to those parts of Spain. Prediction: Both teams to score + Over 2.5 (9/10) To pick a winner might be harder than you think. Both
This weekend offers so many high level and exciting football games and with those multiples in mind, I think put your money on both teams to score and over 2.5 goals. Sit back and hopefully enjoy an end-to-end game.