Lobo’s Legend eyes Daily News
Grade 1 SA Classic winner Lobo’s Legend’s chief target is likely to be the Grade 1 Daily News 2000 on June 2 at Greyville.
Trainer Joe Soma said the Trippi colt had come out of his race “very, very nicely.”
The big horse’s formline looked strange going into the Classic over 1800m as he had never run beyond a sprint before.
However, Soma explained that he had missed his intended preparation race three weeks earlier over 1700m as the meeting had been rained out.
He always felt Lobo’s Legend would see out the trip based on his pedigree and conformation and the way he worked.
He did have a few anxious moments when the horse threw his head up in the early stages of the big race.
He said, “He can take hold of the bit, so the key is to settle him.”
Soma spoke about the colt’s tremendous turn of foot and felt having proved himself over the tough Turffontein 1800m he shouldn’t have a problem staying 2000m at Greyville.
He said, “He never stopped. Muzi said he was green at first and was waiting for other horses to join him. But then he went on his own.”
His future as a horse who has only officially raced six times looks bright and Soma said, “It was a win full of merit and hopefully he can improve and learn, so he could be anything.”
Soma will also nominate him for the Vodacom Durban July, but said they would likely see how he went in the Daily News before deciding the next step.
He added, “The biggest headache is the travelling, so it’s a hard decision. He has a long career head of him and we don’t want to be greedy and gulp everything at once.”
Soma is not yet sure whether Lobo’s Legend will take in another race before the Daily News.
Soma will also nominate the Silvano filly Wind Chill for the July. This SA Oaks winner is small but courageous and is coming off a two length fourth in the Grade 2 Colorado King Stakes over 2000m. She was 2kg under sufferance with the winner Coral Fever in that race so it was a good performance.
Soma has cut his string down to 40 horses after one of his chief owners Mayfair Speculators was forced to disperse their horses.
He believes that will be a good number as racing enters a tough period.
By David Thiselton