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Hitherto unbeaten Visionaire gelding Sovereign State put up a phenomenal 400m to finish time over 1000m on debut after missing the break and did it with ears pricked. He stays a mile too, so how good is he? (Candiese Lenferna Photography)


The Rugby World Cup proves that pundits can often do their team a disservice by making over bold predictions, because all it does is give the opposition extra resolve.

Before the 2019 RWC final English former player and pundit Matt Dawson said if a team was choosen from the two finalist teams every single one of them would be English.

32-12 later!

The reverse nearly happened this year.

Apparently Joel Stransky said before the semi-final game that England were the weakest team still in the semi-finals and had no chance of beating the Boks.

The Bokke of course were behind for 77 minutes and scraped in by one point.

South Africans love banter before a game and one hopes this article is also veiewed in the spirit of banter, because racing folk can take intended banter a bit too seriously on occasion.

It is just that an article this weekd contained the following:

Most pundits, including Tarry, consider the Grade 3 Betway Graham Beck Stakes over 1400m a three-horse affair.

“This is a match race. It doesn’t look as if anything will challenge the top three. Sandringham Summit and Main Defender are the main contenders, but you have to respect De Kock’s horse, Gimmeanotherchance.

“That’s probably where it ends.”

What will the connections of the exciting unbeaten gelding Sovereign State think of those statements?!

One of the exciting points about this gelding is that he clearly stays a mile and yet put up a quite astonishingly fast 400m to finish time on debut over 1000m after being slowly away … and he did it with ears pricked!

Trainer Frank Robinson, owner Sid Moodley and jockey Muzi Yeni might have some extra resolve after being written off.

Unfortunately, Sovereign State has a wide draw, but he does have a fine turn of foot and he could defy some predictions!