The Fabiab Habib stable’s racing manager Jonathan Nassif said BSA Sales Cup (colts and geldings) winner Mover And Shaker would unlikely be seen out again this season.
He said, “I think we going to put him away and give him a chance.”
He added it was hard to acquire good horses but easy to effect their careers by over racing them early.
Mover And Shaker bounced out from a good draw of three to take the lead in the Hollywoodbets Durban July day 1300m event.
He relaxed beautifully in front with his head in his chest on a long rein which allowed S’Manga Khumalo to dictate.
Khumalo switched him towards the outside for a run and the 33/1 shot stayed on well to beat the hot favourite Now I Got You by a quarter of a length.
The Mauritzfontein-bred son of B Twenty One, a six-time winning Silvano daughter of Grade 2 winner Park Lane (Elliodor), was purchased for R400,000 at the BSA August Two-year-old sale last year.
Jonathan said, “I had one or two big buyers at the Sale.”
One of them was Jimmy Sarkis.
He continued, “Dominic Zaki earmarked this Rafeef colt and said to me go and have a look because ‘he is a proper horse’ and when I saw him I loved him. I liked every thing about him, he was a good walker, he had a good action and was nicely put together and well balanced.”
He added, “I bought him on blood too. He is very well bred. His mother won a few races over 2000m plus, so the further we go with him the better he will be.”
Jimmy Sarkis agreed he should be bid for.
There are now many owners in the syndicate and among them is another big Gauteng-based owner Laurence Wernars.
The partners in the horse are Messrs J Sarkis,G J Nassif,J Nassif,S H Pieterse,G Stravino,L Stravino,P G Stravino,J F & L M F Wernars,Mr J H & Mrs A De Lange & Tri-Deal Sixteen CC.
Jonathan said, “From day one we rated him, but he was actually a pressure horse because he was showing phenomenal work and he let us down. We did one or two changes including gelding him and trying the tongue tie, and that has done the trick.”
Mover And Shaker’s long odds in the BSA Sales Cup were not surprising because the first glance at his form was not inspiring.
After a close second over 1000m second time out he then finished a 13,50 length eighth over 1160m.
However, he did have an unfavourable low draw in the latter race and it has also turned out to be one of the best two-year-old maiden form races of the season. Seven winners have come out of it so far, including easy Grade 1 Gold Medallion winner Thunderstruck (Rafeef).
Jonathan added, “Everything went wrong in that race. We had just relocated to Turffontein (from The Vaal) and the horses hadn’t settled down. He was drawn on the wrong side of the track and he came out and over-raced. He ran to a point where he looked like he was going to win, but he had just had enough. So it was back to the drawing board and that is when we decided on the gelding and tongue tie so he could put it in and thank God it has come through.”
Jonathan explained the tactics that were discussed.
“Leading wasn’t ideal. The plan was to get him out from the draw and place him if there was enough speed, otherwise let him have a soft lead and let him quicken at the top of the straight.”
The plan worked to perfection.
Jonathan concluded, “It’s hard for a two-year-old to travel down from Jo’burg to Durban and set the pace but he is a horse who is full of heart and lot’s of ability and thank God he has done the job.”
Plenty more is likely to be heard about Mover And Shaker.