The SA Champions Season, whose pinnacle is the Hollywoodbets Durban July, will Benefit from a R10 million injection by Hollywoodbets (Picture: Candiese Lenferna).
Hollywoodbets Inject A Further R10 Million Into KZN Racing
“The Right horses must be in the right provinces at the right times.” – Devin Heffer.
The SA Champion Season is just around the corner and what a humdinger it should be this year, especially in the three-year-old category.
Gold Circle is looking forward to welcoming the best from all over South Africa to KwaZulu-Natal and in an exciting announcement today (Thursday), Gold Circle CEO Michel Nairac revealed that in addition to the budgeted R7,4 million Rand stakes increase due on 1 March, longstanding KZN racing supporters Hollywoodbets would be topping up the KZN stakes pot with a whopping additional R10 million.
Hekkie Strydom Calls It A Day
Vermaak “Nails It” At The Asian Racing Conference
Today’s Plenary Session 4, which was from 09H00 until 10H30 in Melbourne this morning (Thursday) dealt with “The Owner”.
There are no videos online available of the presentations and panel discussion, but Cape Racing’s Executive Chairman Greg Bortz commented on facebook, “He (Justin) nailed it today. Was absolutely superb. No surprises there – he is always the line horse! Consistent!”
The preview of the session stated:
This session will focus on the central role of the owner to the success of racing and breeding, and highlight the critical importance of enhancing the ownership experience. We will take a deep dive into what is driving ownership across different regions – key trends and factors which influence the decision to become (and continue as) an owner, as well as strategies and new initiatives to broaden ownership bases.
We will consider how different operators – including trainers, syndicators and sales companies – are working to make horse ownership more accessible and attractive, and how barriers to entry are being removed by innovative approaches such as syndication and micro-ownership.
The session will commence with a feature interview with champion trainer, Chris Waller. A diverse range of speakers will then deliver short presentations and participate in a panel discussion on how horse ownership is changing, and what that will mean for the industry in the future.
Vermaak would have had some good material to share following the emphatically successful current Cape Summer Festival Of Racing, in which numerous incentives and stakes boosts, not to mention top quality racing, renovation to facilities and sideshow entertainment, brought smiles to owners’ faces.
SA-Bred Takes Ferraris To 10th Position On Hong Kong LogLuke Ferraris rode a second winner this month at Happy Valley on Wednesday to make it 15 for the season and it put him in lone tenth place on the Hong Kong jockeys log.He was successful aboard the Jimmy Ting-trained SA-bred Smiling Time, a Gold Star Stud-bred six-year-old Oratorio gelding out of Jet Master mare Little Jet.It was a ride out of the top drawer.He relaxed the horse from the off in the 1650m event and allowed him to drop out before moving up into a one wide position, with cover, in fourth last place of the 12 horse field.However, just as they reached the final bend Ferraris drove his mount forward three wide and made up several places.This allowed him to turn for home with only about two lengths to make up on the leaders.It turned out to be masterful judgement because his mount got up by a short-head to convert Tote odds of HK$8.80.
Smiling Time was known as Viva Rio in SA.He won four races in SA for Glen Kotzen and was runner up in the Grade 1 Cape Guineas to Kilindini in December 2019.Ferraris ended last season with 20 wins for 14th place, so is on track for an improved performance in the notoriously competitive arena.
Cape Crawl Has Nothing On This Wolverhampton Crawl!
It is not often a Flat race is run over 10 seconds slower than Standard and over 13 Seconds slower than the track record, but that is exactly what happened on Tuesday Feb 7th in the 18.30 at Wolverhampton run over 2m 120yards. When you consider that 1 Second equates to approximately 5 Lengths in a Flat race, to be over 50 Lengths slower than Standard takes some doing! Though the track may been riding slow on the night, what other factors contributed to make it happen?
TPD’s sectional timing data can reveal that the Bective Stud Owned, 83 Rated, Fleurman was the beneficiary of an extremely slow pace before getting up to win on the line in a race that attracted a TPD ‘Race Finish %’ of 114.27% (The highest of the week), an indicator that this race was not a race but a routine canter for the first Mile, until the pace quickened in the second half of the race. This was indeed a ‘race of two halves’ with the 14 second furlongs in the first Mile replaced by 13s, 12s and even 11s to set up a sprint finish for these Stayers. However, though the slow early pace undoubtedly suited Fleurman on the night, when we delve deeper into TPD’s data we can see that two other significant aspects of Fleurman’s trip helped secure victory.
Fleurman looked to be the largest of those in the Race, but the TPD data also reveals he had the longest Stride in the Race at (7.31 Metres) with the lowest Stride Frequency (2.06 Strides Per Second). This long Stride helped him cover the ground with out having to exert too much energy which he was able to conserve for the sprint finish. Also crucial to Fleurman’s victory on the night was the fact he travelled the least distance of all the runners. Fleurman hugged the rail in the 2 Mile event for the entire race and travelled a total distance of 2m 95yards compared to the runner up Blazon Five who covered 2m 117yards. Quite a significant difference when you consider the winning margin was only ½ a Length!
On the basis that this race was won by what looked like the biggest horse in the race with the longest stride, maybe a Good Big’Un did beat Good Little’Uns on this occasion, but TPD can reveal he did take the shortest path to victory so well done Trainer Olly Murphy and Jockey Kevin Stott!
Spears wins for owners DC Redden, AM Smith and D Alexander (picture via twitter).
Gary And Dean Alexander Reach Double Figures
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The Ralph Rixon-trained five-year-old Jamaico entire Jamaican Music was one of the most popular July winners in history when successful in 1976. Jockey Bert Abercrombie is one of the few to both ride and train a July winner.
Jamaican Rumba was trained by Gael Thompson and Gondolier was trained by Pat Antelme.
They and Dr Louis Naude, Bert Abercrombie and Harold Crawford/Michelle Rix, who respectively trained July winners Big Charles (1981), Bush Telegraph (1987) and Kommetdieding (2021), are the only small yard trainers to win the July in the last 50 years.