Thursday, 25 February 2021 14:56

BEWARE THE CAPE SOUTH-EASTER!

Clouds Unfold 25 Feb 21.1

The curtain comes down on the Cape Summer season on Saturday with a nine-race programme that includes one Grade One, one Grade Two, three Grade Threes and two Listed features.

BEWARE THE CAPE SOUTH-EASTER!
by Gary Lemke, supplied by gggaming.bet

The curtain comes down on the Cape Summer season on Saturday with a nine-race programme that includes one Grade One, one Grade Two, three Grade Threes and two Listed features.
Also included is the Bloodstock SA Cape Yearling Sale Cup ahead of Sunday’s upcoming BSA Sales and the season ends with a Work Riders vs Jockeys Challenge Maiden Plate, which will produce an interesting array of different riding styles.
Although the Gr1 Cape Derby is the highlight of the card, a name that jumps off the pages is Clouds Unfold.
She is the brilliant five-year-old who has won nine of her 20 starts and not only has she won at Gr1 level, she has been competing against the very best, of both sexes. Despite carrying 60kg here and giving weight all round, she looks to be the proverbial good thing over the 1400m from a decent enough draw. After all, this is a Gr3 event so she is dropping down a couple of levels in terms of opposition.
At the weights, she should have most to fear from the three-year-olds, and her stable companions Zarina and Lemon Delight have claims off 53.5kg, as does La Quinta.
With Clouds Unfold out of the way, let’s touch on the main race, the Cape Derby for three-year-olds over 2000m.
A quick word of information though: the weatherman is predicting a gale force south-easter to blow on Saturday. That isn’t good news for front-runners and most jockeys will be looking for cover and hoping to come from off the pace.
At first glance there are small fields and some “good things” in them, but beware the south-easter factor. It can play havoc with the pace of the race and also will make it hard for those who like to be handy, especially given that the summer course straight is nearly 600m running head-first into the south-easter.
Everyone loves a champion and Kommetdieding from the relatively unfashionable stable of Michell Rix and Harold Crawford is just that. Unbeaten in four starts and each win, comfortably by more than a length. He had been priced up and remained odds-on in the build-up but unfortunately was injured in his final workout on Thursday.
His scratching throws the race wide open.
The likes of Rascallion, The Gatekeeper, Linebacker, Legitimate, Russian Rock and perhaps even Dubai Lights have to be considered.
Russian Rock will have plenty of supporters, having won the Cape when switched and flying late over the 1600m. He looks sure to see out the extra 400m here.
The Guineas however was a muddling race and yet it produced the winner of the L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate with Jet Dark (5th behind Russian Rock) coming out and landing a betting coup for Snaith Racing. Malmoos, the Mike de Kock champion, was 9th in the Cape Guineas and then won the Gauteng Guineas. So, that Cape Guineas form looks solid, but there’s something that is bothering me.
Although Russian Rock has won twice in his career, on his debut and in the Cape Guineas, he started at 50-1 and 100-1 on both those occasions, suggesting the stable wasn’t overly confident about his chances and amongst his owners are big punters. He won’t have my money this weekend.
Given all 11 runners carry 60kg, the highest merit rating determines the best weighted in the race. They are: Russian Rock, Linebacker, Rascallion, The Gatekeeper and Hoedspruit. I’m looking for The gatekeeper and Rascallion to fight out the finish.
The Cape Of Good Hope (colts and geldings) kicks off the programme and here Ambiorix could beat a small, smart field. He won his debut well and despite being 3kg worse off with Barzalona, word is that he, along with Safe Return, are the two big guns amongst the juveniles in the Vaughan Marshall stable.
Despite the small fields and “bankers” feel to the card, it will be trickier than at first glance. The 3200m Kenilworth Cup for instance has only five runners, and three of them are from Snaith Racing. The pace of the race could well be false and while stable jockey Richard Fourie has chosen the favourite Bayberry, it isn't a confident selection.

Last week’s column highlighted the opinion that Cape racing is the strongest in the country. It was published a day before the Fairview meeting where Cape trainers Candice Bass-Robinson and Glen Kotzen raided PE and won five races between them.

Selections:
R1: Ambiotrix, Danilo Danilovitch
R2: Winter Mosaic, Live My Life
R3: Strathdon, Bayberry
R4: Sing Out Loud, Capoeira
R5: Clouds Unfold, Zarina
R6: Rio Querari, Kasimir
R7: The Gatekeeper, Rascallion
R8: Take Control, Homely Girl
R9: Queen Niyabah, T’Challa

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Thursday, 18 February 2021 13:56

CAPE CHAMPIONS RULE THE ROOST

Kommetdieding

We are still a week away from the curtain coming down on the Cape racing season but it’s pertinent to pause and reflect on developments in that province.

CAPE CHAMPIONS RULE THE ROOST

by Gary Lemke, supplied by GGGaming.bet

We are still a week away from the curtain coming down on the Cape racing season but it’s pertinent to pause and reflect on developments in that province.

Over the years it has become one of racing’s more emotional discussions to compare the standard of horses in the three main provinces against one another.

Cape horses don’t generally travel to Gauteng for their main feature races, only a sprinkling of Gauteng horses go down to the Cape and KwaZulu-Natal don’t generally have the eye-catching champions that suggests the standard of racing there is at the level to match the other two provinces.

Next Saturday is an example. The Cape season closes with only KZN trainer Dennis Driver offering up two sprinters on the card. For the rest it’s all Cape trainers and horses, including in the Grade 1 Cape Derby where the unbeaten Kommetdieding has been priced up odds-on favourite.

It’s this lack of interprovincial seasonal travel which makes the job of the handicappers so difficult. Last week we saw the Gauteng Fillies Guineas and the Gauteng Guineas won by both the favourites, War Of Athens and Malmoos, respectively. It can be strongly argued that these are the top two milers across both sexes in that province.

But the only way we can compare Malmoos, for instance, with the standard of Cape three-year-olds is through his two races in the Cape in November and December. He won the Grade 2 Concorde Cup when starting 4-10 and was then sent off 14-10 favourite for the Cape Guineas. However, he was beaten for the first time in his career when finishing ninth behind 100-1 outsider Russian Rock. On a line through various runners in that race and subsequent races, Malmoos looks to be quite a few lengths behind Kommetdieding, who is unbeaten in his four races and is the best of the Cape three-year-old males. But he’s only rated a 117 by the handicappers, the same as Malmoos, and 3 points below another Gauteng colt Mount Pleasant.

Then you have Captain’s Ransom, who the handicappers might have got right with her 126 rating, which is higher than the two star Gauteng fillies War Of Athena and Anything Goes. But she’s still rated below Summer Pudding who lost for the first time in 10 races when she ran for the first time in the January.

On all exposed form so far this Cape season, the three-year-olds in that province look to be of an extremely high standard, and it was top trainer Candice Bass-Robinson who was left to say, “I really thought that I had some of my better three-year-old fillies in recent seasons. I was excited about the features. But then I bumped into that filly of Justin Snaith’s (Captain’s Ransom).”

The downside is that when racing unearths champions, the owners often decide to send them overseas to race and take advantage of the weak rand and high stakes outside of the country, or send them to stud early to cash in.

What South African racing really needs to ignite more public interest is to have its champions of all ages, and over all distances, from across the provinces race against one another.

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Do It Again and Rainbow Bridge will go head to head yet again in the Grade 1 World Sports Betting Champions Cup over 1800m at Greyville on Saturday 29 August.

Racing fans are in for a bumper race meeting which sees the running of four Grade 1 races, two Grade 2 events and the Grade 3 World Sports Betting Gold Cup.

There are a number of very large carryovers on the day so many of the pools will be massive.

This will be the 11th confrontation between Do It Again and Rainbow Bridge with the score currently level at 5-5. Do It Again has headed his rival in the last two Vodacom Durban Julys, the 2018 Green Point Stakes, the 2019 L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate and the 2019 Gold Challenge.

Rainbow Bridge has the advantage in two Sun Mets, and ironically, the 2019 Green Point Stakes, the 2020 L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate and the 2020 Gold Challenge.

Warren Kennedy felt the 2200m of the Durban July was just beyond Rainbow Bridge’s ambit, but the Champions Cup is over 1800m and there should not be much between them. Kennedy is back aboard Eric sands’ runner while Anton Marcus is once again on Justin Snaith-trained Do It Again.

Rainbow Bridge is the defending champion, having beaten Cirillo (also in this event) in last year’s race. Golden Ducat finished fourth in the Durban July and will have his supporters in the Champions Cup.

The Grade 1 Mercury Sprint over 1200m looks an intriguing contest because some of the fancied runners, Kasimir, Chimichuri Run and Russet Air, will need to overcome wide draws.

The Premiers Champion Stakes and the Thekwini Stakes are both over 1600m and are normally the two Grade 1 races for juveniles. This year, as the lockdown took out two months of racing, it will be a bunch of three-year-olds who will contest these races – Jack Milner www.tabnews.co.za

Final field for the World Sports Betting Gold Cup (Grade 3) over 3200m

1 – 1 EYES WIDE OPEN (G S Kotzen) G Lerena 58.5 – 114

2 – 2 OUT OF YOUR LEAGUE (F P Habib) R Danielson 57.0 – 113

3 – 3 DHARMA (G V Woodruff) G Wright 54.0 – 100

4 – 4 SHENANIGANS (S G Tarry) L Hewitson 53.5 – 98

5 – 5 BEFORE NOON (S G Tarry) S Moodley 52.0 – 84

6 – 6 SUNSHINE SILK (G V Woodruff) G van Niekerk 55.0 – 103

7 – 7 WEALTHY (D R Drier) A Mgudlwa 53.5 – 98

8 – 8 FACTOR FIFTY (D Nieuwenhuizen) A Marcus 56.5 – 108

9 – 9 IMPERIAL RUBY (C Spies) P Strydom 55.0 – 107

10 – 10 MAGNIFICENT SEVEN (S J Snaith) R Fourie 58.0 – 112

11 – 11 PATHS OF VICTORY (G van Zyl (Jnr)) S Khumalo 54.5 – 101

12 – 12 FLICHITY BY FARR (A Wright) T Godden 54.0 – 100

13 – 13 DARK MOON RISING (P V Lafferty) K de Melo 55.5 – 105

14 – 14 IT’S MY TURN (D Kannemeyer) S Veale 60.0 – 118

15 – 15 MARCHINGONTOGETHER (G H Van Zyl) W Kennedy 57.5 – 110

16 – 16 PAYBACKTHEMONEY (N Kotzen) M Yeni 52.0 – 92

Reserve Runners

17 – 0 MERLIN FROM BERLIN (N Kotzen) Reserve 1 52.0 – 91

18 – 0 SNOW PALACE (C Spies) Reserve 2 52.0 – 97

19 – 0 CLOUDS OF WITNESS (G I Rich) Reserve 3 52.0 – 89

Same Trainer: (3,6) (4,5) (9,18) (16,17)

Final field for the WSB Champions Cup (Grade 1) over 1800m

1 – 1 MAJESTIC MOZART (C Bass-Robinson) S Randolph 60.0 – 102

2 – 2 TRISTFUL (A J Rivalland) S Veale 60.0 – 110

3 – 3 ROY’S RIVIERA (F Robinson) B Fayd’Herbe 57.5 – 111

4 – 4 SOVEREIGN SPIRIT (C Bass-Robinson) G van Niekerk 60.0 – 103

5 – 5 DO IT AGAIN (S J Snaith) A Marcus 60.0 – 133

6 – 6 WYNKELDER (A J Rivalland) K de Melo 60.0 – 109

7 – 7 IKIGAI (S G Tarry) G Lerena 59.0 – 118

8 – 8 RAINBOW BRIDGE (A E Sands) W Kennedy 60.0 – 134

9 – 9 GOLDEN DUCAT (A E Sands) D Dillon 59.0 – 122

10 – 10 CIRILLO (S G Tarry) L Hewitson 60.0 – 127

11 – 11 CROWN TOWERS (S J Snaith) R Fourie 60.0 – 109

Same Trainer: (1,4) (2,6) (5,11) (7,10) (8,9)

Final field for the WSB Mercury Sprint (Grade 1) over 1200m

1 – 1 VAN HALEN (C Spies) C Zackey 60.0 – 122

2 – 2 WARRIOR’S REST (S G Tarry) C Murray 60.0 – 116

3 – 3 FABIAN (C Bass-Robinson) G van Niekerk 60.0 – 108

4 – 4 CHANTYMAN (A B Fortune) A Mgudlwa 60.0 – 119

5 – 5 CARTEL CAPTAIN (D R Drier) S Veale 60.0 – 109

6 – 6 EDEN ROC (S G Tarry) L Hewitson 60.0 – 115

7 – 7 SUNSET EYES (B Crawford) D Dillon 60.0 – 116

8 – 8 DONDERWEER (P F Matchett) M Yeni 60.0 – 107

9 – 9 SPEEDPOINT (B Crawford) K de Melo 60.0 – 116

10 – 10 INVIDIA (A B Fortune) S Khumalo 60.0 – 111

11 – 11 DOWN TO ZERO (M/A Azzie) J Gates 60.0 – 106

12 – 12 KASIMIR (S J Snaith) R Fourie 60.0 – 128

13 – 13 CHIMICHURI RUN (S G Tarry) G Lerena 60.0 – 126

14 – 14 RUSSET AIR (C Bass-Robinson) B Fayd’Herbe 60.0 – 125

Same Trainer: (2,6,13) (3,14) (4,10) (7,9)

Final field for the Premiers Champion Stakes (Grade 1) over 1600m

1 – 1 FAST LOVE (G S Kotzen) G van Niekerk 60.0 – 91

2 – 2 PURE SOUTH (A B Fortune) C Habib 60.0 – 87

3 – 3 NATIVE TONGUE (S J Snaith) R Fourie 60.0 – 92

4 – 4 NOURBESE (C Spies) S Randolph 60.0 – 108

5 – 5 CATCH TWENTYTWO (P A Peter) G Lerena 60.0 – 99

6 – 6 SENTBYDESTINY (C Dawson) D De Gouveia 57.5 – 98

7 – 7 RED TEN (A B Fortune) S Khumalo 60.0 – 99

8 – 8 KINGSLEY’S HEART (W H Marwing) M Yeni 60.0 – 92

9 – 9 CRIMSON KING (G S Kotzen) R Danielson 60.0 – 90

10 – 10 PORTICO (P A Peter) W Kennedy 60.0 – 107

11 – 11 TEMPTING FATE (D R Drier) S Veale 60.0 – 113

12 – 12 VALIDUS (A B Fortune) A Marcus 60.0 – 93

13 – 13 WILLOW EXPRESS (S G Tarry) L Hewitson 60.0 – 95

14 – 14 FIGHT SONG (G van Zyl (Jnr)) P Strydom 60.0 – 86

Reserve Runner

15 – 0 SHAVOUT (M J Odendaal) Reserve 1 60.0 – 85

Same Trainer: (1,9) (2,7,12) (5,10)

Final field for the Thekwini Stakes (Grade 1) over 1600m

1 – 1 KAVIAN’S CARA (N Kotzen) M Yeni 60.0 – 88

2 – 2 CLOTH OF ICE (P A Peter) P Strydom 60.0 – 93

3 – 3 STORYLAND (G D Smith) K de Melo 60.0 – 84

4 – 4 ANYTHING GOES (S T Pettigrew) D De Gouveia 60.0 – 103

5 – 5 LOVE BOMB (F Robinson) S Veale 60.0 – 105

6 – 6 MARIA COROLINA (A Wright) T Godden 60.0 – 85

7 – 7 DUBAWI PRINCESS (S G Tarry) W Kennedy 60.0 – 88

8 – 8 PRINCESS CALLA (A N Marcus) A Marcus 60.0 – 87

9 – 9 VIHAAN’S PIE (K Naidoo) D Dillon 60.0 – 91

10 – 10 MALEDIMO (G V Woodruff) G Lerena 60.0 – 98

11 – 11 WAR OF ATHENA (P F Matchett) S Khumalo 60.0 – 103

12 – 12 CARALLUMA (S G Tarry) L Hewitson 60.0 – 103

13 – 13 NETTA (C Spies) S Randolph 60.0 – 84

14 – 14 TRICKSTER (S J Snaith) R Fourie 60.0 – 99

Reserve Runner

15 – 0 GRANADILLA (M L Turner) Reserve 1 60.0 – 79

Same Trainer: (7,12)

Final field for the Kuda Gold Bracelet (Grade 2) over 2000m

1 – 1 PERFECT AIR (D R Drier) S Veale 58.5 – 91

2 – 2 JET START (P A Peter) W Kennedy 58.5 – 110

3 – 3 KELPIE (B Crawford) A Marcus 58.5 – 111

4 – 4 MASTER KEYS (N Kotzen) P Strydom 58.5 – 103

5 – 5 ESCAPE CLUB (D R Drier) A Mgudlwa 58.5 – 94

6 – 6 MIYABI GOLD (S J Snaith) R Fourie 58.5 – 115

7 – 7 PERFECT TIGRESS (C Dawson) G Lerena 58.5 – 105

8 – 8 VICTORIA PAIGE (S G Tarry) L Hewitson 58.5 – 112

9 – 9 SLEEPING SINGLE (S J Snaith) B Fayd’Herbe 58.5 – 107

10 – 10 KEEP SMILING (S G Tarry) R Danielson 58.5 – 108

11 – 11 RUNNING BRAVE (P F Matchett) M Yeni 60.0 – 114

12 – 12 DRIVING MISS DAISY (A E Sands) C Zackey 58.5 – 115

13 – 13 MOON IN JUNE (R/S Hill) C Murray 60.0 – 110

14 – 14 SNOW PALACE (C Spies) S Randolph 58.5 – 97

Same Trainer: (1,5) (6,9) (8,10)

Final field for the Umkhomazi Stakes (Grade 2) over 1200m

1 – 1 ACTION PACKED (J J van Vuuren) R Danielson 60.0 – 87

2 – 2 GARRULOUS (G S Kotzen) W Kennedy 60.0 – 98

3 – 3 RISE AS ONE (J J van Vuuren) C Zackey 57.5 – 84

4 – 4 TREAD SWIFTLY (B Crawford) A Marcus 60.0 – 93

5 – 5 CAPTAIN MORISCO (A B Fortune) S Khumalo 60.0 – 91

6 – 6 MK’S PRIDE (P A Peter) P Strydom 60.0 – 85

7 – 7 TAI GOLD (C Spies) S Randolph 60.0 – 91

8 – 8 SIR POM (M L Roberts) S Moodley 60.0 – 91

9 – 9 ERIK THE RED (S J Snaith) R Fourie 60.0 – 107

10 – 10 BOLD HORIZON (L W Goosen) L Hewitson 60.0 – 84

11 – 11 COLOUR MY FATE (F Robinson) B Fayd’Herbe 60.0 – 91

12 – 12 PRAY FOR RAIN (D R Drier) S Veale 60.0 – 109

13 – 13 THE CONTRACTOR (W H Marwing) M Yeni 60.0 – 92

14 – 14 DANDOLO (A J Rivalland) G Lerena 60.0 – 97

Same Trainer: (1,3)

Final field for the Prosport International Debutante (Grade 2) 1200m

1 – 1 THUMBS UP (J J van Vuuren) R Danielson 58.0 – 86

2 – 2 ECSTATIC GREEN (S G Tarry) L Hewitson 58.0 – 103

3 – 3 SWEET SENSATION (C Spies) C Zackey 58.0 – 102

4 – 4 SLALOM QUEEN (S G Tarry) G Lerena 58.0 – 94

5 – 5 MIRACLE FLIGHT (P A Peter) W Kennedy 58.0 – 103

6 – 6 VIVID JET (M Dixon) K de Melo 58.0 – 96

7 – 7 SPRINGS OF CARMEL (P A Peter) P Strydom 60.0 – 105

8 – 8 SAV’S STAR (N Kotzen) M Yeni 58.0 – 90

9 – 9 FIFTYSHADESDARKER (C Bass-Robinson) G van Niekerk 58.0 – 94

10 – 10 KEEP THE LIGHTS ON (S J Snaith) R Fourie 58.0 – 87

Same Trainer: (2,4) (5,7)

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