Master Archie enjoying himself in his paddock at Winterbach Stud and the horses in the neighbouring paddock are clearly interested in him.
Master Archie Well Received At Stallion Day
The stallion day to introduce Rafeef sire Master Archie at Winterbach Stud last Thursday had good attendance and some shares in the Gr 1 weight for age Computaform Sprint winner were sold.
Picture: Sovereign State was an impressive winner at Hollywoodbets Scottsville on Sunday and is one to follow.
Frank Robinson And Sid Moodley’s Cracking Start To Big-Spending Venture
Frank Robinson’s biggest owner Sid Moodley bought him 15 horses at both last year’s and this year’s big sales, meaning he acquired 30 horses from Sid in all, and the venture has made a perfect start with two wins from two runs.
Jockeys in the 2023 King’s Plate and CEO Jim Lawson at the King’s Plate Post Position Draw (LR Front row) Eswan Flores, Sahin Civaci, Kazushi Kimura, Jose Campos, Jim Lawson (Woodbine CEO), Gary Boulanger, and Patrick Husbands, (back row L-R) Daisuke Fukumoto, Rico Walcott, Ryan Munger, Emma-Jayne Wilson and Rafael Hernandez (Michael Burns Photo)
Ryan Munger Draws 9 In Woodbine’s King’s Plate (Sunday)
Ryan Munger’s first ever ride in Canada back on May 6 yielded a win on the John Mattine-trained Silent Miracle.
He has been kept aboard the son of Silent Name and will thus be one of the riders in Sunday’s Can$1 Million King’s Plate over a mile-and-a-quarter on the Woodbine tapeta.
Silent Miracle has drawn nicely in barrier position 9 in the full 17 horse field.
The King’s Plate is the oldest continuously run race in North America and form’s the first leg of the Canadian Triple Crown.
The King’s Plate is clearly a massive race in Canada and the following report was published by Woodbine.com after the draw ceremony was completed this morning.
TORONTO, August 16, 2023 – Seventeen sophomores, including Woodbine Oaks Presented by Budweiser winner Elysian Field, and Plate Trial victor Paramount Prince, both trained by dual hall of famer Mark Casse, will contest the $1 million King’s Plate, first leg of the OLG Canadian Triple Crown, highlighting an outstanding stakes-filled Sunday card of racing at Woodbine.
17 – Moon Landing – Kevin Attard – Luis Contreras – 20-1
Flashy Apache has been selected by Jack Milner to win the day’s headliner Picture: JC Photos.
Expect A Flashy Win For Zackey
Jack Milner (Tab4Racing)
While there are only seven races at the Vaal on Thursday, they do appear to be quite competitive.
Headlining the card on the Classic track is Race 5, a Pinnacle Stakes over 1800m, and sadly three scratchings have seen this field reduced to just six runners. Nevertheless, it remains a decent field but one needs to give considerable thought as to what kind of pace this small field is likely to produce.
That is relevant because two of the key players have not won over the distance and a pedestrian pace could well bring them into the reckoning.
Eye Of The Prophet caused a major upset last season when coming up trumps in the Grade 2 World Sports Betting Gauteng Guineas, holding off favourite Royal Victory by a short head at odds of 33-1.
However, when next going 1800m in the Grade 1 WSB SA Classic, he moved up at the 400m but had little in the tank late in the race and finished a 2.50-length fourth behind Anfields Rocket. He then failed to stay in the WSB SA Derby and was then rested.
Eye Of The Prophet made a winning comeback over 1450m on the Inside track at Turffontein but then disappointed in a Pinnacle Stakes over 1700m on the Vaal track, finishing fifth, but beaten just 1.25 lengths by Melech.
Duke Of Sussex is very much in the same boat. He has won up to 1600m but has finished unplaced in three starts over the 1800m. However, if the pace is not on, it could assist both of them.
But based on form and distance Flashy Apache could be the one to beat. While he has placed four times in five starts over 1800m, he has not won over the trip, but he has triumphed twice over 2000m, so the distance will be no problem.
His last start was in that race won by Melech where he was a fast-finishing third, beaten just 0.40 lengths. He had Eye Of The Prophet 0.85 lengths behind him and as they meet at the identical weights over 100m further, Tyrone Zackey’s charge should be able to confirm that form.
Jeffrey Syster rode the five-year-old Apache gelding on that occasion and he is back in the irons once again.
Interestingly, filly Emirate Gina is the best weighted runner. Fillies get a 2.5kg allowance and that sees her come in with just 50kg on her back.
Roy Magner’s charge ran some excellent races as a three-year-old but then lost her form towards the end of last season but also did not have much luck.
Two runs back, however, she did finish a 1.75-length third behind Bless My Stars in a Pinnacle Stakes and Sean Tarry’s charge went on to run third in the Hollywoodbets Durban July and then ran out an easy winner of the Grade 2 Gold Bracelet.
Emirate Gina went on to run in the Grade 1 Ridgemont Garden Province Stakes but suffered interference at the 700m and ended up near the back of the field.
She should not have any issues with the distance and has a good record at this course, which includes a victory over Feather Boa when winning her maiden.
Muzi Yeni takes the ride, and this filly needs to be included in all larger exotic perms.
Jack Milner’s selections
Race 1: 1 Tamil Tigress, 5 Storm Player, 2 Pass The Baton, 3 Contra Fiscum
Race 2: 3 Babylon, 2 Here With Me, 10 Sovereigns Call, 1 Lt Alexander
Race 3: 1 Village Green, 9 Crystal Maiden, 5 Villa Semaya, 6 Courageous
Race 4: 4 Scarlett Pimpernel, 1 Purple Pitcher, 7 Kudzu, 6 I Spied
Race 5: 4 Flashy Apache, 9 Emirate Gina, 1 Eye Of The Prophet, 2 Duke Of Sussex
Race 6: 1 Rain Or Shine, 2 Here Is The Tiger, 5 Care Taker, 3 Dungeons
Race 7: 4 Arividicio, 3 Scallywag, 6 Kotinos, 8 Funky Music
Race 2 No 3 Babylon
Race 7 No 4 Arividicio
Race 2 3×3
Leg 1: 1
Leg 2: 3
Leg 3: 1, 5, 6, 9
Leg 4: 1, 4, 7
Leg 5: 1, 2, 4, 9
Leg 6: 1, 2, 3, 5
Leg 1: 1
Leg 2: 3
Leg 3: 1, 5, 6, 9
Leg 4: 1, 4, 7
Leg 5: 1, 4, 9
Leg 6: 1, 2, 5
Leg 7: 3, 4, 6
Leg 1: 3
Leg 2: 1, 2, 5, 6, 9
Leg 3: 1, 4, 7
Leg 4: 1, 2, 4, 6, 9
Leg 5: 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7
Leg 6: 2, 3, 4, 6, 8
Leg 1: 1, 2, 5, 6, 9
Leg 2: 1, 4, 7
Leg 3: 1, 2, 4, 6, 9
Leg 4: 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7
Leg 1: 1, 4, 7
Leg 2: 1, 2, 4, 6, 9
Leg 3: 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7
Leg 4: 2, 3, 4, 6, 8
Even mother and baby often have perfectly synchronised strides when walking next to each other (Photo: John Lewis).
John Lewis Notices Stride Synchronicity In His Farm Photos
Top racing photographer of decades experience, John Lewis, posted a group of photographs taken in the Mauritzfontein Stud veld recently with the accompanying text: “In racing you will often hear a commentator saying that horses are fighting out a finish stride for stride, I often find that when photographing two horses that are moving close together, even foals with their mothers, their strides are totally synchronised.”
Desert Crown: on course to take on Paddington and Mostahdaf at York Credit: Alan Crowhurst (Getty Images)
Desert Crown On Track For Juddmonte Clash With Paddington And Mostahdaf
Last year’s Derby winner Desert Crown remains on course for a sizzling clash with Paddington and Mostahdaf in next week’s Juddmonte International having come through his latest gallop in good style.
The four-year-old was put through his paces by Ryan Moore, who will be on Aidan O’Brien’s Paddington on the Knavesmire, in a spin on Wednesday morning.
Desert Crown has only been seen once since his Epsom victory, when he lost his unbeaten record in finishing second to Hukum in the Brigadier Gerard Stakes in May.
He was then a late absentee from the King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes, with familiar adversary Hukum taking home the Ascot showpiece.
“Desert Crown worked this morning, he worked nicely and everybody was happy with him,” said Bruce Raymond, racing manager to owner Saeed Suhail.
“He’s not a great worker, as has been stated before, but everyone was very happy with him this morning and everything went as well as expected.”
William Buick had been announced as his jockey in the King George before he was ruled out, but he is expected to be aboard next week.
“William didn’t ride him. Ryan Moore rode him this morning. He’s ridden him a lot of times at home and Sir Michael just sometimes likes a different opinion,” Raymond went on.
“It’s really shaping up into a great race. One thing I can definitely tell you is this horse needed it badly at Sandown, it wasn’t said at the time but Michael was quite surprised how much he was blowing afterwards.
“He had worked on the grass but nowhere near as much as we would have liked as it kept on pouring down.
“Having spoken to Richard Hills (assistant racing manager for Shadwell, owners of Hukum), their horse had been working really, really well for a long time, so we met a very fit horse that day and he’s gone on to prove again he is a very good horse as he’s one of the favourites for the Arc.
“We’re looking forward to next week. Where else could you take a horse like that? He’s got to go somewhere and when you are in his class, there are only certain races you can run in.”
Muzi Yeni completes a four-timer on the Nathan Kotzen-trained Anotherdayinafrica (Pomodoro) (Photo: Candiese Lenferna)
Yeni Opens Up Lead With Four-Timer, Robinson Double
Muzi Yeni rode a four-timer on the Hollywoodbets Greyville poly today to open up a four win led in the national jockeys championship.
The favourite for the title, Richard Fourie, had a day in which his mounts were interfered with on at least a couple of occasions by what looked to be wayward riding, otherwise he might have registered more than just win.
Frank Robinson scored a double.
Yeni is on 12 wins and has done it at a strike rate of 25%.
Robinson has taken the early lead in the KZN Trainers Championship with five wins in just nine runs, meaning he has a strike rate of 55.56%.
Above is a painting of the race in question by John Frederick Herring Sr
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