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Bortz On Increasing The Cape’s Horse Population And The Kenilworth Facelift
Greg Bortz has explained that the programming of racing in the Western Cape to cater for lower rated horses and thus stop the “bleed” of horses away from the jurisdiction was a “chicken and egg” situation so would not be easy to implement.
Molly’s Suggestions For Tomorrow’s Hollywoodbets Kenilworth Meeting
Charles Dickens can follow the script in Cape Classic
Candice Bass-Robinson’s unbeaten runner is the favourite for the grade 3 race at Kenilworth
David Mollet (Business Day)
It’s a simple fact: most top horses in the sport have strong names. One who falls into that category is Charles Dickens named after the famous British writer (1812-1870).
Coolmore always name their horses well. Four who spring to mind are Dylan Thomas, Rip Van Winkle, Order Of St George and Rock Of Gibraltar.
An inmate of the Candice Bass-Robinson stable — which has 21 runners at Kenilworth on Saturday — Charles Dickens is unbeaten and hot favourite at 11-20 for the grade 3 Cape Classic.
The three-year-old is a son of Trippi owned and bred by Drakenstein Stud. They will be hoping he can scale the same heights as another of this sire’s progeny, Jet Dark.
The defeats of Baaeed and Nature Strip last weekend reminded fans there is no such thing as a racing certainty. Bookies will be looking to We’re Jamming, Port Louis and At My Command to upset the favourite.
We’re Jamming was bought out of the Piet Steyn yard by Greg Bortz and Gina Goldsmith after winning the Grade 3 Cape Racing Cape Of Good Hope Nursery. The Ridgemont Highlands-bred initially cost just R15,000. In six starts, the son of Duke Of Marmalade has earned close to R500,000.
Louis Mxothwa will be happy with his favourable draw on Port Louis while Keagan De Melo — right now the William Buick of SA racing — is drawn wide on the Kyaya Stables owned son of Querari.
The joker in the pack could be Glen Kotzen’s runner, Imposing, who disappointed on Durban July day but has since won two races with Calvin Habib in the saddle.
In the supporting feature — the Southeaster Sprint — Vaughan Marshall’s four-year-old, Safe Return, can give punters a good run for their money. The gelding was friendless in the market on his recent comeback run (4-1 to 10-1) and was beaten by his stablemate, Ambiorix.
While Ambiorix is another good mount for Habib, the main threat to Safe Return is likely to be Dean Kannemeyer’s three-time winner, Gimme A Prince. The four-year-old has fewer miles on the clock than any of his rivals.
Future Prince — looking a good buy at R150,000 — and Surjay are two Crawford runners with each-way chances with all of Barzalona, Bereave and Fifty Fiver very much in the mix.
Judged on his second behind Charles Dickens, Hithemhardsunshine — the slogan of ace tipster Shaheen Shaw — could be a Pick Six banker in the sixth race. The three-year-old is out of the five-time winning Trippi mare, Agra.
Tough Terrain is a strong contender from the Snaith yard and should go well reverting to the minimum trip.
KENILWORTH PICK 6 SELECTIONS
4th Race: (9) Allende (8) Jazzbella (1) Typeface (3) Sunlit From Heaven
5th Race: (6) Hold My Hand (2) Inara’s Dynasty (8) Golden Hostess (7) Who Do You Love
6th Race: (7) Hithemhardsunshine (5) Tough Terrain (8) Red Impact (3) Trompie
7th Race: (4) Safe Return (12) Gimme A Prince (5) Future Prince (2) Ambiorix
8th Race: (5) Charles Dickens (8) We’re Jamming (2) Port Louis (10) At My Command
9th Race: (2) The Second Wave (5) Transact (8) Ragnar Lothbrok (1) Dragonfly
Cape Guru Mark Van Deventer Analyses The Cape Classic
Mark van Deventer
Khaya Stables Extends Invaluable Partnership With Cape Racing For 2023 Season
Jan’s Millstream Offers Three Peaches
Jan Mantel’s Millstream Farm is producing, quality drafts year after year. Millstream is sending three lots to the 2022 Cape Racing Ready To Run and Unbroken 2-y-o sale on 29 October, all having been prepared by trainer Piet Botha, and looking the part.
Botha furnished comments on the trio and expressed his satisfaction with their preparation.
Lot 43 (pictured above headline) is a filly by Potala Palace out of New Money, an unraced mare by ace broodmare sire Captain Al from the close family of Cinnamon Sugar and Greenacre. Botha reported: “She is very forward, has a lot of pace and moves well. I am excited about her, I think she will gallop well and is the type of filly that will win early.”
Lot 57 – Queen Lagertha, a filly by Royal Mo out of Sukiwarrior, by Power. “She is a nice, low-actioned filly, covers decent ground. She is sweet and sensible and does everything right, but still a baby and will need a few more months. She is a stunning filly, nice and strong and moves well.”
Lot 71 is Big Fella, a colt by William Longsword out of the G3 Nursery winner Hot Affair by Jay Peg. “He is quite forward and ready to do a lot. He has a very nice action, a good mover that covers ground and has pace, he is sensible and is another that should come early, doing well,” Botha said.
Millstream’s Lot 70 has been withdrawn from the sale.
Glen Kotzen’s Soldier Cat Daddy Makes A Bit Of History
The Glen Kotzen-trained seven-year-old Ideal World gelding Cat Daddy, bred by the Gary Player Stud, became an eight-time winner today when producing a storming run from off the pace to win the Non-Black Type Nelson Mandela Bay Racing Poly Challenge over 1600m under Luyolo Mxothwa.
His stablemate My Bestie (Querari), also bred by the Gary Player Stud, finished a half-a-length second.
Included in Cat Daddy’s wins are a Listed win on the Fairview turf over 2000m, a Listed win on the Hollywoodbets Greyville poly over 1600m and a Listed win on the Hollywoodbets Greyville turf over 1600m.
Today he surely became the first horse in history to have won feature races on both surfaces at Hollywoodbets Greyville and both surfaces at Hollywoodbets Fairview.
He still has plenty of zip and does not show signs of slowing down with age.
He has been a fine horse to own for The Great 8 Stables and LLC Syndicate (Nom :Mr D H Barton).
Which great rider made the following statement: “When you’re riding, only the race in which you’re riding is important.”
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Today’s Question Answer
The quote is from American jockey Bill Shoemaker, who for 29 years held the world record for total professional jockey victories – 8,833 (which included four Kentucky Derbys, two Preakness wins and five Belmont Stakes wins among other major race victories).