The Clinton Binda-trained two-year-old Qhawe Lami provided Calvin Habib with a winner in his first meeting back from Singapore (JC Photos)
Calvin Habib Makes A Winning Return
Todays’s fourth race at Turffontein Inside, a Maiden Plate over 1000m, was an intriguing affair in that it was fought out by two jockeys who had both departed South Africa for green pastures during this season, but had returned upon discovering the grass was not greener on the other side.
Gimme A Prince (far side) and Rio Querari might renew rivalry in the Grade 1 Golden Horse Sprint. They are pictured here finishing one-two in the Grade 1 Pongracz Cape Flying Championship. (Credit: Wayne Marks).
Big Entry For The Grade 1 Golden Horse Sprint
The Grade 1 Golden Horse Sprint trophy sadly can not be defended this year because the reigning champion, the Corrie Lensley-trained Vercingetorix colt Alesian Chief, was humanely euthanised at the beginning of this month after a track work incident and subsequent post operative complications.
Nevertheless, there was a big entry list of 31 horses for the June 3 event at Hollywoodbets Scottsville.
Seven of those are females. including the crack filly Desert Miracle. She will have to carry 59,5kg, no easy task against the boys, but if she takes her place in the Grade 1 SA Fillies Sprint she would have to take on the top class Princess Calla, so it will be interesting to see which way the 124 merit rated Mike de Kock-trained filly goes.
The highest rated sprinter in the country, Isivunguvungu, is not among the entries, not surprisingly, as he is better at 1000m and carrying topweight over this tough 1200m would not do him much good ahead of his chief target, the Gr 1 weight for age Mercury Sprint around the turn at the easier Hollywoodbets Greyville track.
The topweights are the 125 merit rated pair Gimme A Prince and William Robertson.
Gimme A Prince won by 3,10 lengths over this course and distance on debut before things went awry in the Grade 1 Gold Medallion, but he has certainly fulfilled his potential since then including a win in the Grade 1 Pongracz Cape Flying Championship. He proved last time, when a narrow second in the Grade 2 IOS Drill Hall Stakes over 1400m, that he gets further, so this tough 1200m will be ideal for him.
However, it will also be ideal for the classy William Robertson, who has won at Grade 2 level over 1450m.
Carrying half-a-kilogram less than them will be the former Equus Champion Sprinter Rio Querari. He has been back in form lately, recently recording his first win for exactly two years, so he could be well handicapped off a 124 merit rating, considering he has been as high as 130.
Last year’s runner up Bartholdi will run off a seven point higher mark of 119 this year.
There will be 16 runners and the bottom weight will be 54kg, a rule brought in last year probably to ensure the winner is deserving of Gr 1 victor status.
There will be pressure for places.
If all stood their ground the cut off merit rating would be around 112.
However, the final field panelists are not bound by merit rating order when making their final decision.
Under Your Spell is one of the more interesting female entries.
Trainer Sean Tarry, who is probably the most successful Hollywoodbets Scottsville Grade 1 trainer in history with 15 victories at the highest level, might feel Under Your Spell would play second fiddle to stablemate Princess Calla in the weight for age Grade 1 SA Fillies Sprint, so he might take his chances with her in the Golden Horse, where she would have to carry just 54,5kg off a 114 merit rating.
She won the Grade 1 Allan Robertson Championship over course and distance as a two-year-old by 3,80 lengths, a scintillating performance, so has the ability to do it.
Tarry has also entered Last year’s Grade 1 Gold Medallion winner Thunderstruck. He has been disappointing this season, but in retrospect his only run over a sprint trip this term, when a 6,20 length fourth to Princess Calla in the Grade 2 Senor Santa over 1160m, when receiving only 1,5kg, was not a bad effort. He will sneak into the handicap here carrying 54kg off a 115 merit rating.
The full field is shown below:
Race-8 (Turf / Stand) R850 000 1200m
GOLDEN HORSE SPRINT (Grade 1)
WFA: 2yrs-8.5kgs 3yrs-1kgs
|28||Gimme A Prince||(4G)||60||125||A||Dean Kannemeyer|
|18||William Robertson||(4G)||60||125||HA||Corne Spies|
|7||Desert Miracle||(4F)||59.5||124||A||Mike de Kock|
|22||Rio Querari||Accepted||(6G)||59.5||124||A||Justin Snaith|
|3||Seeking The Stars||(5H)||59.5||124||BA||Vaughan Marshall|
|1||Bartholdi||(5G)||57||119||BA||M G Azzie/A A Azzie|
|10||Supreme Warrior||(4C)||57||119||HA e||M G Azzie/A A Azzie|
|5||We’re Jamming||Accepted||(3G)||55||117||A||Justin Snaith|
|31||Under Your Spell||(4F)||54.5||114||AT||Sean Tarry|
|14||Cosmic Highway||(4G)||54||113||BA||Dean Kannemeyer|
|15||Good Traveller||(4G)||54||113||A||Michael Roberts|
|8||Bon Vivant||(4F)||54||112||BA||J A Janse van Vuuren|
|4||Maharanee||(3F)||54||112||PA e||J A Janse van Vuuren|
|2||Full Velocity||(5M)||54||110||BA||Sean Tarry|
|24||Smorgasbord||(4G)||54||109||A||J A Janse van Vuuren|
|12||Stiptelik (AUS)||(4F)||54||108||A||Brett Crawford|
|23||Whoa Whoa Whoa (AUS)||(4F)||54||108||A e||Brett Crawford|
|21||Tempting Fate||(5G)||54||107||A||Dean Kannemeyer|
|19||After The Rain||(5H)||54||105||A||Gareth van Zyl|
|26||Pearl Of Asia||(6G)||54||105||BA||Robbie Hill|
|30||Cartel Captain||(6G)||54||104||BAT||Stuart Ferrie|
|11||Cleaver Greene||(4G)||54||103||A||Mike de Kock|
|6||Tread Swiftly||(5G)||54||103||BA||Gareth van Zyl|
Lucky Lad could give Sean Tarry yet another Hollywoodbets Scottsville Grade 1 winner (JC Photos).
Tarry Can Add To Phenomenal Hollywoodbets Scottsville record.
The Grade 1 SA Fillies Sprint, the Grade 1 Gold Medallion and the Grade 1 Allan Robertson Championship, to all be run over 1200m at Hollywoodbets Scottsville on June 3, have all attracted good fields.
The 127-rated Princess Calla is trained by peerless Hollywoodbets Scottsville maestro Sean Tarry, who has had no fewer than 15 Grade 1 wins at the Pietermaritzburg track, and she heads the field in the SA Fillies Sprint.
However, she won’t have it all her own way.
The 124 rated Desert Miracle has plenty of speed too, although she is also entered in the Grade 1 Golden Horse Sprint.
The other Grade 1 winner in the field is the Tarry-trained Under Your Spell, who won the Allan Robertson as a two-year-old. She is also entered in the Golden Horse.
An interesting runner is Golden Hostess. She was 2kg better off then weight for age when beaten 2,30 lengths by Princess Calla over this trip at Hollywoodbets Kenilworth in the Grade 2 Cartier Scepptre Stakes, but she won well the next time she tried that course and distance and she should relish the tough 1200m of Hollywoodbets Scottsville.
Cold Fact looks to be an proving sort who could earn.
In the Gold Medallion, Tarry will also likely have the favourite i.e. the impressive Grade 2 SA Nursery winner Lucky Lad.
The highly regarded Outlaw King could be a threat.
The filly Golden Tatjana is also an interesting Cape entry, having defeated Outlaw King last time.
SOUTH AFRICAN FILLIES SPRINT (Grade 1)
For Fillies and Mares at Weight-For-Age
WFA: 2yrs-8.5kgs 3yrs-1kgs
|0||$Iphiko||(4F)||0||107||BA||Mike de Kock|
|0||$Bold Act||(4F)||0||99||BA||Mike de Kock|
|1||Princess Calla||(5M)||60||127||A||Sean Tarry|
|17||Desert Miracle||(4F)||60||124||A||Mike de Kock|
|4||Sheela||(4F)||60||117||A||M G Azzie/A A Azzie|
|12||Under Your Spell||(4F)||60||114||AT||Sean Tarry|
|5||Cold Fact||(4F)||60||112||PA||Tony Peter|
|7||Full Velocity||(5M)||60||110||BA||Sean Tarry|
|6||Stiptelik (AUS)||(4F)||60||108||A||Brett Crawford|
|8||Whoa Whoa Whoa (AUS)||(4F)||60||108||A e||Brett Crawford|
|3||Aunty Lizzy||(4F)||60||102||A||Lorenzo Karriem|
|9||Homely Girl||(4F)||60||99||A||J A Janse van Vuuren|
|2||Amarandi||(4F)||60||91||CA||WDF Badenhorst/BC Kennedy|
|15||Golden Hostess||(3F)||59||119||BAT||Candice Bass-Robinson|
|14||Gimme A Shot||(3F)||59||113||A||M G Azzie/A A Azzie|
|13||Maharanee||(3F)||59||112||PA e||J A Janse van Vuuren|
Race-6 (Turf / Stand) R700 000 1200m
GOLD MEDALLION (Grade 1)
For 2 yo R100 000 Win BSA Bonus Series
|6||Captain Wara||(2G)||60||0||HA e||Corne Spies|
|12||#Cliff Hanger||Accepted||(2C)||60||0||A||J A Janse van Vuuren|
|3||#Guy Gibson||(2C)||60||0||A||Roy Magner|
|1||Icy Blast||(2G)||60||0||BA||Vaughan Marshall|
|16||Jerusalema Rain||(2G)||60||0||A||Ashley Fortune|
|15||Lucky Lad||(2C)||60||0||A||Sean Tarry|
|5||Outlaw King||(2C)||60||0||A||Dean Kannemeyer|
|4||#Red Bomber||Accepted||(2C)||60||0||A||J A Janse van Vuuren|
|10||#Sandringham Summit||(2C)||60||0||AT||David Nieuwenhuizen|
|13||The Abdicator (IRE)||(2C)||60||0||A e||Brett Crawford|
|7||The Africa House||(2G)||60||0||A||Sean Tarry|
|9||#Warrior Of Royalty||(2C)||60||0||A||Nathan Kotzen|
|8||Captain’s Christy||(2F)||57.5||0||A||Mark Dixon|
|11||#Egyptian Mau||(2F)||57.5||0||A||Lucky Houdalakis|
|14||Golden Tatjana||(2F)||57.5||0||A||Glen Kotzen|
Race-5 (Turf / Stand) R700 000 1200m
ALLAN ROBERTSON CHAMPIONSHIP (Grade 1)
For 2 yof R100 000 Win BSA Bonus Series
|2||#Ambrym||(2F)||60||0||A||J A Janse van Vuuren|
|5||Captain’s Christy||(2F)||60||0||A||Mark Dixon|
|10||#Cullinan Blue||(2F)||60||0||A||Brett Crawford|
|11||#Egyptian Mau||(2F)||60||0||A||Lucky Houdalakis|
|9||#Elegant Ice||(2F)||60||0||A||Lucky Houdalakis|
|6||Global Thunder||(2F)||60||0||A||Corrie Lensley|
|3||Golden Tatjana||(2F)||60||0||A||Glen Kotzen|
|14||Hot Pearl||(2F)||60||0||A||Wendy Whitehead|
|1||#Moving In||Accepted||(2F)||60||0||A||J A Janse van Vuuren|
|15||Mrs Geriatrix||(2F)||60||0||A||Sean Tarry|
|8||Red Hot Rose||(2F)||60||0||BA||Mike de Kock|
|13||Ripple Effect||(2F)||60||0||A||Ashley Fortune|
|7||Troppo Veloce||(2F)||60||0||A||Ashley Fortune|
|12||Winter Cloud||(2F)||60||0||A||Candice Bass-Robinson|
Danon Platina grey filly White Pearl digs down deep today at Turffontein Inside (JC Photos)
Danon Platina Reaches Double Figures
Chester Vase winner Arrest looks likely to be Frank Dettori’s mount in the legendary jockey’s last ride in the Epsom Derby (Racing TV)
Dettori Likely To Be Aboard Arrest In His Final Derby
Frankie Dettori won the Premio Parioli, the Italian 2,000 Guineas, for the first time in his career at the beginning of May, but the horse who clinched this milestone moment for him, Vero Atleta (Gleneagles), could only manage fourth place in Sunday’s Italian Derby.
“It is always a worry because he’s a big horse to get round that bend but we went round there fine – no problem. He’s growing up, getting stronger and Chester did him the world of good.”
The Last Of ‘Sabina’ at Cape Winter Sale
The last two foals of quality broodmare Sabina Park (Sportsworld) will come under the hammer at the 2023 Cape Racing Winter Mixed Sale to be staged at Hollywoodbets Kenilworth on Friday, 16 June.
Varsfontein Stud, as agent on behalf of Michael De Broglio, will present Sabina Park’s yearling colt by the Jet Master stallion Master Of My Fate (Lot 49) during the first section of the sale and her weanling colt by Gimmethegreenlight (Lot 168), near the end.
It is interesting to note that Sabina Park’s first covering way back in 2008 produced G1 Summer Cup winner Master Sabina, sired by Jet Master himself and a pointer to this cross.
Carl de Vos of Varsfontein commented: “Sabina Park has been retired, she was a wonderful broodmare and these are her last progeny. The Master Of My Fate yearling is a classic looker, a beautiful horse who will take some time, but will reward his owners. The ‘Gimme’ weanling, on the other hand, looks like a speedball and he is likely to be precocious.”
The sale will start at 11:00 am and is comprised of 175 lots to be sold in the following order:
yearlings, followed by mares, and then weanlings.
For sale related queries, please contact:
Justin Vermaak (email@example.com)
or Robyn Collyer (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Muzi Yeni completes his four-timer on the Robbie Sage-trained Ideal World filly Cape Lights (Picture: JC Photos)
Yeni Four-timer, Lerena, Sage and Magner Doubles
Muzi Yeni rode a four-timer at Turffontein Inside today (Tuesday), two of tgem for Robbie Sage and two of them for Roy Magner.
Gavin Lerena rode a double.
Yeni goes to 116 wins for the season at a strike rate of 11.50%
Lerena goes to 74 wins at 15.16%.
Sage is on 12 wins at 14.12%.
Magner is on 29 wins at 10%.
The question subject is pictured above (thoroughbredracing.com)
Which British apprentice has already had 51 wins since making his debut last October and has already ridden in an English Classic?
Answer at bottom of the newsletter
Apprentice Billy Loughnane (Getty Images)