Desert Miracle wins Saturday’s Grade 1 HSH Prince Charlene Empress Club Stakes (Picture: Candiese Lenferna).
MDK’s Phenomenal Record In The Empress Club
Mike de Kock’s victory with Desert Miracle in the HSH Princess Charlene Empress Club Stakes on Saturday took him to a phenomenal eight wins of the Grade 1 weight for age fillies and mares mile event.
The Mauritzfontein BSA National Yearling Sale string being walked (BSA).
Alistair Gordon Over The Moon With BSA National Yearling Sale Quality
BSA National Yearling Sale inspectors Alistair Gordon and Jane Thomas have re-seen every yearling they inspected on their tour of SA’s stud farms back in January and Alistair said he and Jane were both “over the moon” with the quality.
More Success For New Predator And Danon Platina
New Predator has a Grade 2 SA Nursery candidate on his hands in the form of the Fanie Bronkhorst-trained Laurence Wernars homebred Pure Predator.
DAWNOFANEWDAY, with Keagan de Melo up, wins the Listed World Sports Betting Scarlet Lady for trainer Dean Kannemeyer at Hollywoodbets Scottsville on Sunday. (Picture: Candiese Lenferna)
Kannemeyer Scores Feature Double At Hollywoodbets Scottsville
Andrew Harrison (Gold Circle)
The boss is back in town after summering in Cape Town as Dean Kannemeyer made his first appearance back in KZN readying up for winter. He celebrated his return with a feature double as Rex Union kicked off his Champions Season Campaign in the WSB Highland Night Cup and was quickly followed by Dawnofanewday in the WSB The Scarlet Lady (Listed).
Rex Union, second in the Gold Vase and third in the Gold Cup last season, staked his claim for the forthcoming features. There is plenty to the son of Duke Of Marmalade, Kannemeyer describing him as a ‘bull’ of a horse, as stable rider Keagan de Melo played the waiting game in the 2400m event at Hollywoodbets Scottsville yesterday as Juan Carlos set the gallop closely followed by El Rey Viene, Rex Union handily placed in mid-field.
The two up front were quickly tackled by Etiquette and Riccardo with De Melo hunting a gap. When it did appear, he punched Rex Union forward and the gelding responded in good fashion, getting home comfortably in the end.
Southern Cape almost made it home in The Scarlet Lady with Ashton Arries taking them on up front. The filly was still going great guns over the final furlong and was game in defeat as Dawnofanewday finished the stronger with Southern Cape holding off the pack for second.
Lord William has come well since arriving in KZN from the Cape and assistant to Glen Kotzen, John Buckler had the Kings Cup third-placed horse primed and giving Arries a second win on the son of William Longsword. An eye-catching second was stable companion Flying Bull who is starting to find his feet after a change of stables at the end of last season.
It was a day that many punters will be happy to forget with a few long-shots arriving.
African Beat looked to be the right one of the Mike Miller yard and favourite in the first but as game as she was, she was not able to get onto terms with stable companion Lacewing who held her off in a driving finish with first timer Mauritania showing good pace before running out of gas late.
More was to follow in the next as Duncan Howells watched on speechless as his filly Oriental Bouquet came from last to win in exceptional fashion. “I could never get her into the starting stalls at Ashburton but at Summerveld she walked in. I think she has some ability but I thought she would need it today. Two of the best fillies that I trained, Fiorella and Gypsy’s Warning also caught me unawares. We live in hope,” he said.
Craig Zackey was aboard Oriental Bouquet and he followed up aboard the Peter Muscutt-trained first timer Neitherherenorther, also starting at lengthy odds. Bennie In The Area cut a smart early pace and pulled clear of his field except for Neitherherenorther who kept with him and getting his head in front. ‘Benni’ kept fighting and was a courageous second.
Zackey was looking to make it a hattrick of wins on the odds-on favourite Call To Glory, but Alec Laird’s filly found one too good for her in Gareth van Zyl’s filly Faizah. Call To Glory, bred in the purple by Kingman out of former Cape Met winner Smart Call, tried to make all but could not match Faizh’s finishing burst. Given the favourite’s pedigree, ten furlongs may now be a better option.
Corach Rambler’s Connections Revel In ‘Mind-blowing’ Grand National Win
David Carr (Racing Post)
Sword is old enough to know how lucky he has been, and said: “It’s a shame I’ve peaked too early! It’s never going to be anything like this again.”
Grant Knowles has won a daily prize, a weekly prize, a most-winners-in-a-week prize and is in line for the overall prize in the Hollywoodbets Racing Stars Challenge.
Grant Knowles Wins Hollywoodbets Racing Stars Challenge Weekly Prize
Experience is a vital aspect of racing nous and this was borne out last week in the Hollywoodbets Racing Stars Challenge when the “oldies” dominated the daily competition.
The consistent Grant Knowles is out to lay a claim for the “Mr. Racing” title as he emerged the winner of the more lucrative weekly prize and he also scooped the prize for tipping the most winners during the week.
Grant was also lying in second place on the overall table behind experienced presenter Neil Pretorius with commentator Rouvaun Smit in third, Graeme Hawkins in fourth and veteran sports writer Gary Lemke in fifth.
On day two last week on Tuesday, the ever-improving presenter-commentator Brandon Bailey won the daily prize.
However, veterans were to the fore for the rest of the week.
Clyde Basel kicked off by winning the daily prize last Monday.
The Wednesday prize went to racing anchor Neil Andrews.
On Thursday it was won by the African Betting Clan’s owner Dave Scott.
On Friday it was won by Graeme Hawkins
On Saturday it was commentator Nico Kritsiotis’ turn.
On Sunday the popular presenter and jockey agent Deez Dayanand was the winner.
Grant Knowles was announced as the weekly winner on Sunday. Rouvaun Smit tipped the winner of the last race of the week to make a late charge, but Grant hung on by a nerve-wracking six-and-a-half points.
The camaraderie between the industry people taking part has been the highlight of the competition and it has really brought these workers together, so this competition has been an excellent innovation by Hollywoodbets.
Grant thanked everybody on the whatsapp forum which is attached to the competition by saying, “Thanks Team. This has certainly been a mind- boggling journey. Love the camaraderie on this group. Looking forward to starting again. Thanks Devin and your Hollywood team!”
This week the veterans got off to a flyer again, with Paul Lafferty making it a quick double for KZN presenters, although he is also the only trainer in the competition.
Frankie Dettori does a flying dismount from Enable after their first Arc victory at Chantilly in 2017. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images
Dettori Kicks Off Final British Campaign At Newmarket
Rider will bow out at the end of 2023.
“Blue Trail was last seen winning emphatically by 11 lengths at Meydan and we know he’s a horse with an engine. If he can put it all together, he has the ability to win a race such as this.”
Balanchine pulls clear of Wind In Her Hair and Hawajiss to win the 1994 Oaks. Photo – George Selwyn