HIGHVELD trainer Weiho Marwing will bid to win the unofficial “stayers triple crown” when he saddles his four-year-old Ideal World gelding Hermoso Mundo (headline photo) for the R1.25-million, eLan Gold Cup over 3 200m at Greyville in Durban on Sunday, July 30.
The gelding has won the 3 200m Gold Bowl at Turffontein and the Grade 3 SABC Gold Vase over 3 000m at Greyville in his last two starts and will confirm his status as the country’s champion stayer if he can lift the ultimate marathon challenge title on the second day of the Gold Cup Festival of Racing Weekend at the Theatre of Champions at the end of the month.
Marwing has proved time and again that he is one of the best conditioners of long distance runners and with brother Weichong in the saddle for this important encounter, Hermoso Mundo has a good chance of completing the treble. The record shows that the further they go the more he loves it and in winning the Gold Bowl he humiliated his opposition in winning by 5.25 lengths.
Completing the treble may not be that easy in the eLAN Gold Cup where he will meet, among other top stayers, the four-year-old Captain Al gelding from the Justin Snaith stable, Captain Splendid, that beat Hermoso Mundo by about a head only to be denied victory in the steward’s boardroom after an objection in the SABC Gold Vase. Piere Strydom, a master at judging pace, retains the ride on Captain Splendid and this time his mount will be 2kg better off in the weights with the Marwing runner.
Hermoso Mundo received a six-point penalty for his win in the SABC Gold Vase while Captain Splendid escaped a penalty and the difference could well have its effect over the extra 200m of this race.
But both could be upstaged by the Mike de Kock-trained Australian-bred gelding Kinaan, the four-year-old son of one of the world’s leading sires Galileo, that finished third in the SABC Gold Vase just 1.55 lengths behind the other two. He is again set to carry the low weight of 52.5kg which will be in his favour over this longer trip with top rider Callan Murray, back from a stint in Hong Kong, in the irons.
Others that could feature in the finish are Krambambuli, Mr Winsome, Trophy Wife, Banner Hill and Zante but it is the top three finishers in the SABC Gold Vase that could hold the aces in what should be a great race to bring the curtain down on South Africa’s Champions Season 2017.
Here is the final field:
Sc# Horse Mass MR Draw B A T Jockey Trainer
1 KRAMBAMBULI 60.0 107 (107) 10 A B Fayd’Herbe Justin Snaith
2 COOL CHARDONNAY 59.0 104 (104) 1 B A T K Zechner Weiho Marwing
3 MR WINSOME 58.0 102 (101) 16 A W Kennedy Dean Kannemeyer
4 TROPHY WIFE 57.5 99 ( 99) 13 A S Khumalo Sean Tarry
5 BANNER HILL 57.0 99 ( 98) 5 A S Randolph Glen Kotzen
6 ZANTE 57.0 98 ( 98) 17 A G Lerena Geoff Woodruff
7 ROYAL BADGE 56.5 97 ( 96) 8 A R Fourie Adam Marcus
8 HERMOSO MUNDO 56.0 96 ( 95) 6 A W Marwing Weiho Marwing
9 CAPTAIN SPLENDID 55.5 95 ( 94) 4 A P Strydom Justin Snaith
10 FRANCIA 55.5 94 ( 93) 9 A G Cheyne Justin Snaith
11 FORTISSIMA 55.0 93 ( 92) 19 B A T A Delpech Joe Soma
12 LET IT RAIN 54.5 92 ( 91) 18 A T M V’Rensburg Weiho Marwing
13 ROYAL HONOUR 54.5 92 ( 91) 2 B A R Simons Paul Matchett
14 THE ELMO EFFECT 54.5 91 ( 91) 14 B A C Zackey Gary Alexander
15 MY WORLD 54.0 89 ( 89) 11 A G van Niekerk Candice Bass-Robinson
16 KINAAN 52.5 85 ( 84) 7 C A C Murray Mike de Kock
17 SERISSA 56.0 95 ( 95) 12 A Reserve 1 Sean Tarry
18 CAPE SPEED 56.0 96 ( 95) 3 A Reserve 2 Dean Kannemeyer
19 HYAKU 53.5 87 ( 87) 15 A T Reserve 3 Sean Tarry