GEOFF Woodruff’s Master Sabina is weighted to repeat his victory over Deo Juvente in Saturday’s Gr1 Sansui Summer Cup (R2-million) over 2000m at Turffontein.
A panel selected by Nico Kritsiotis, assembled at Hooters in Fourways on Wednesday and sponsored by Betting World, roughly agreed that Woodruff holds the key to the 2016 renewal, a “glorified top division handicap”, in which the Randjesfontein trainer seeks his fourth successive win in Johannesburg’s premier race.
Vee Moodley selected The Conglomerate to win over Deo Juvente, purely because he argues that, “the Durban July was a much stronger handicap than this, I see no reason why he could not do it again!”
Nico likes the filly Juxtapose, a proven Graded performer with a handy weight and a good draw, while Darryl fancies Master Sabina. Mike de Kock believes the winner will come from the Charity Mile Handicap, representing the strongest recent form, with Deo Juvente perhaps a narrow choice over Master Sabina.
Jockey Andrew Fortune, currently on the bench due to injury, was keen on Samurai Blade while Piere Strydom gave the Woodruff runners preference while not being overly keen on his own mount, The Conglomerate.
Nico handed over two gifts on the night, one to Piere Strydom to give to Andrew Fortune, and another to Andrew to hand over to Piere.
So Andrew got a voucher from Piere for Hooters rack of ribs (since his ribs are injured), and Piere received a book from Andrew called, “The Power Of Positive Thinking””.