Let’s Go Now, a full-sister to Gr 1-winning HDJ third-placed Bless My Stars booked a berth in the Gr 1 Douglas Whyte Thekwini Stakes when making it two wins in three starts at Hollywoodbets Scottsville today (Wednesday) (Candiese Lenferna Photography).
Let’s Go Now Books Thekwini Berth
Kestorm Investments, whose nominee is Kenneth Pillay, splashed out R540,000 to purchase the Gimmethegreenlight filly Let’s Go Now at the BSA August Sale last year, but that is now looking to be a shrewd investment.
Beechamwood Boy’s seventh career win today was his sixth win of the season (Candiese Lenferna Photography).
Beechamwood Boy Most Improved Horse In KZN
The Wendy Whitehead-trained Bruce le Roux-bred Eightfold Path gelding Beechamwood Boy was as low as a 70 merit rating when having his second run of the season on November 7.
That was his first run as a gelding and it heralded the beginning of a remarkable run.
Today he registered his sixth win of the season, all six of them over 1200m, when scoring under Calvin Habib carrying 57kg in a MR 99 Handicap.
He has won seven times overall in a 24 race career.
However, this season he has had 13 starts for six wins, three seconds and two thirds.
The Hong Kong Jockey Club actually have a most improved horse of the year award and if there was one in KZN Beechamwood Boy would likely win it.
He gives the impression he has more to come as he returns to the ring without blowing much and he also always seems to find more when challenged at the end of his races.
He should provide owners Ian Gibson, Peter Gibson, Matt Sharkey and MDH Sinnema with more fun.
Peter Gibson was at one stage the racing manager for Mr Guo from China, whose ownership and breeding operation in South Africa was called Hartley SA.
Saturday’s Dundee July winner Alpha and Omega (Scrolla.Africa).
Upset In The 2023 Dundee July
By Celani Sikhakhane (scrolla.africa)
A Mpumalanga sprinter threw the Dundee July Horse Race into an uproar by snatching victory from the jaws of the favourite, Nxakanxaka, on Saturday.
In a stunning turn of events, Alfa and Omega emerged as the triumphant victor of this year’s 18th annual race, leaving spectators in disbelief.
Held at the eNdumeni race-track in Dundee, northern KwaZulu-Natal, this thrilling showdown took everyone by surprise. Alfa and Omega not only claimed the glory but also bagged a whopping R300,000, an increase from last year’s prize of R250,000.
Moses Dube, who owns Alfa and Omega, said he was shocked and surprised because he didn’t expect the result. “My horse trained very hard.”
Dube hopes that Alfa and Omega’s unexpected win can bring the racing community together. “I am excited and wish that this can bring peace to all race-loving people as a sign of unity.”
He said the last competition they won was the Nquthu June Race held in the Mkhonjane area last month. The horse that was expected to win was Nxakanxaka, from Utrecht in the Amajuba District.
In 2019, a horse from Port Shepstone that won the race was stripped of its prize after it was discovered that it was imported and far quicker compared with the horses it was competing against.
It was discovered that the woman who owned it had brought it in from Australia. It was then disqualified and the prize was handed to Nxakanxaka.
Saturday’s race was themed African Royalty, which turned the event into a traditional African fashion spectacle.
Fashion gurus went all out to showcase their taste in designs, from Masai traditional attire mixed with the touch of an Amandebele necklace and Zulu headgear, to Xhosa and Sotho creations.
The event has grown into a source of economic development for Dundee, a small town famous for its coal mines in Ndumeni Municipality.
Mthandazo Dladla from Glencoe said they benefited a lot because their houses were leased out for the Dundee July race accommodation.
The event offered lots of entertainment, as there were many tents where various bands and artists gave musical performances until midnight.
Neighbouring towns such as Newcastle, Ladysmith and Nquthu also celebrated with their own after-party events.
Pictured above: Alfa and Omega was crowned the 2023 Dundee July Horse Racing winner at eNdumeni race track on Saturday
King George Possible Desert Crown pleases in Wednesday workout
‘There’s a good chance he will go to Ascot’
Desert Crown remains in contention for the King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes after producing a “pleasing” piece of work under Ryan Moore at Newmarket on Wednesday morning.
The Saeed Suhail-owned 2022 Derby winner was beaten narrowly by Hukum in the Brigadier Gerard at Sandown on his return to action in May following a year on the sidelines with an ankle injury.
Another minor setback prevented him from running in the Prince of Wales’s Stakes at Royal Ascot and while subsequent scans proved negative, trainer Sir Michael Stoute suggested last week that he may not have enough time to line up in the all-aged showpiece at Ascot on Saturday week.
However, confidence in the camp is growing that the son of Nathaniel will take on this season’s English and Irish Derby winner Auguste Rodin, Epsom runner-up King Of Steel, last year’s King George winner Pyledriver and his Sandown conqueror Hukum in the Qipco-sponsored 12-furlong highlight after all.
The owner’s racing manager, Bruce Raymond, said: “He worked this morning and Ryan rode him.
“Michael was very pleased with him and I think there is a good chance he will go to Ascot.
“He worked nicely. It was a pleasing gallop. I can’t say he is certain for the race, but everyone was very happy with him. There’s a good chance he will go to Ascot.”
Desert Crown is currently a 10-1 chance with Coral for the King George, with Auguste Rodin their 9-4 favourite.
Derryl Daniels on Buster Barnes
Deryl Daniels’ First Comeback Winner Happens In Zimbabwe
South African horseracing’s ultimate comeback kid, jockey Deryl Daniels had to travel North of the Limpopo to Borrowdale Park on Saturday for his first winner since returning to the saddle recently after a five year absence.
Riding first-timer Buster Barnes for trainer Debbie Swanson, Deryl guided the Millstream Stud-bred son of Erupt to a convincing ten-length victory for the Centuar Syndicate in the opener at Borrowdale Park on Saturday.
Deryl told the Sporting Post that he was thrilled to have broken the ice and very happy to get the feel of being in the number 1 box again.
The former SA Champion Apprentice returned to race-riding in May this year after being out of action for some years due to substance abuse issues.
Deryl wrote on social media over the weekend:
So I had to go cross border to catch my first winner back. No matter , the journey here has been so so damn sweet. Hard most of the time , but also so satisfying . God is always good . Thank you to boss Pete ( Muscutt racing) for almost 3 years of friendship , encouragement – my journey started with you. Mike and Laura de Haast, my adopted family, your input in my journey continues and is valued. Mark Human doctor extraordinaire and his team at Olivedale , you gave from your hearts and it humbles me . Also on the way friendships build , Mark ( DONT SAY ME NO ) Naidoo shot boi . Mtash mtintini . Tracy Woolard , Phillip (loadmaster) Fourie. Robbie Dawson. Special thanks Mike Shaw for getting my recovery journey going through Project Exodus.Wise counsel, Louise Els,Nick Eaves, Bernice Marjorie Nicholson , and every person in our recovery community. IT IS HARD BUT IT CAN BE DONE AND WORTH IT. To Kamal (mayor of Newcastle) Prithwirage, Vina and all my Newcastle family, much love . My parents and sisters, Don Dillon and family. Hey wena Krispen Godden. If I’ve left anyone out forgive me but you know I love and appreciate you. Visions and goals have been set and mercifully achieved – the journey continues and looking forward to what’s ahead.
Still no cigar in jockey Muzi Yeni’s rollercoaster career
Despite various dramas, the 36-year-old has kept his position in the premier league
9th race: (8) Run For Isla (2) Fully Loaded (3) Brosnan (1) Fort Lauderdale
S’Manga Khumalo just gets up on the Peter Muscutt-trained Formagear to clinch his double (Candiese Lenferna Photography).
Khumalo Double, Puller Moves Three Wins Ahead
S’Manga Khumalo was the only double scorer at Hollywoodbets Scottsville today,
Garth Puller had a winner to move three wins ahead of Gareth van Zyl in the intriguing races for the KZN Trainers Championship.
Puller is on 59 wins in KZN for the season, achieved at a strike rate of 9.97%.
Van Zyl’s 56 wins in KZN have come at 16.87%.
Khumalo goes to 173 wins in SA for the season at 16.09%.
Some Of Man o’ War’s sons, including By Hisself (Truman State University).
How did the Man o’ War colt By Hisself get his name?
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