TRAINER Dean Kannemeyer and owner Fred Crabbia will be discussing immediate plans for It’s My Turn following the Dynasty gelding’s win in Saturday’s Gr3 Track and Ball KZN Derby over 2400m at Scottsville.
While It’s My Turn already qualifies for the Gr1 Durban July, the pair may decide that the Gr3 Gold Vase on July Day is an easier picking, especially considering jockey Anton Marcus’ post-race comment, “He stayed like an unwanted relative!”
Marcus said that It’s My Turn came off the bit early, he was on the sluggish side but kept galloping gamely and in the end raced away to win by 2.25-lengths from Mr Winsome and American Landing.
This was Marcus’ 100th victory for the season, and he quipped that “there’s no better medication than a winner” when asked about his recovery from an arm injury.
It’s My Turn has always been a decent Graded level performer with a top nothch win in the 2017 Gr1 Cape Derby to his name. He was well fancied to win the 2017 Durban July when Richard Fourie rode him into close fourth behind The Conglomerate.
Perhaps now, however, he is developing into and out-and-out stayer and may have the Gold Vase over 3000m at his mercy, giving Crabbia who also owns VDJ favourite African Night Sky, the chance of a feature double on the big day.
Raised by Willem Engelbrecht, It’s My Turn was a R400,000 buy from the National Yearling Sale. His stake earnings are now approaching R1,75-million.