Munger Hopes For Charity Mile Humdinger
The worry for trainer Gareth van Zyl is whether his five-time winner can overcome a wide draw
Allied Steelrode Charity Mile Day Preview By GTV
4Racing Stakes And Program Changes Ratified
After recent inputs from stakeholders 4Racing considered inputs that the stakes structure could be better balanced.
The proposed changes were then considered and ratified by the Programming Committee who were extremely complimentary about the changes. These changes result in a slight increase to the committed Stakes Allocation during this period but provides a far more balanced and structured outlook to the stakes of the various divisions. The committee also felt it provided a good foundation to work with in the future.
There was consensus that the difference in Stakes from a Maiden Plate to the next Division is out of kilter and closing the gap would be healthier for the game. By reducing the Maidens and Maiden Juvenile Plates across the board by 10% (100k to
90k),we are able to increase the majority of our handicap races along with some Plate races.
The only two maidens not affected by the change are the Maiden 1160m on Summer Cup Day and The Work Riders Vs Jockeys Maiden Plate on Champions Day. There has also been an increase to a number of Fillies and Mares handicaps with a slight decrease for some of the divided handicaps, Pinnacle Plates and Graduation Plates.
In turn there will be increases in the bands for Classified and Middle Stakes and Pinnacle races.
4Racing will also be adding a further 12 MR 66 races to the program through the period at a gross stake of R75 000 for each to accommodate the lower rated horses.
Royal Aussie And Piroshka Ready To Run Stakes Race Favourites
In a busy weekend, the Cape Racing Ready to Run Sales are being staged at Hollywoodbets Kenilworth on Saturday, followed by a well -supported nine race card on Sunday, headlined by the R600 000 Ready to Run Stakes over 1400m. Thirteen three year olds will load into the starting stalls at 16h50.
Commentator Smit’s selections for this weekend’s racing
Including the Algoa Cup (run today, Friday), the Allied Steelrode – Onamission Charity Mile (Saturday), and The Ready To Run Stakes at Hollywoodbets Kenilworth on Sunday.
Two Prominent Melbourne Cup Horses Scratched After Failing Pre-Race Checkup
Second and Third Favourites Both Scratched
Connections of Caulfield Cup winner Durston have been left devastated after the horse was ruled out of the Melbourne Cup on Thursday, leaving champion jockey Damien Oliver without a ride, wrote au.sports.yahoo.com.
Durston was deemed unfit to run in the great race next Tuesday after undergoing a mandatory pre-race scan.
The scan revealed the $13 equal-third favourite for the Melbourne Cup had a “grey area” in his left hind leg.
Despite officials being unsure whether the scan results were anything to worry about, it was ruled that the safest course of action would be to scratch Durston from the race.
“The specialists cannot determine whether it is old or new, or whether it is even something to be concerned about, but we must respect this,” trainer Chris Waller said.
The Durston shock was followed by news today that second favourite Loft will also be scratched.
Bookmakers reacted to the Loft news by making fellow international raider Deauville Legend an even more pronounced Melbourne Cup favourite, at $3.80.
David Payne’s Contender Is 6th On Melbourne Cup “Order Of Entry”
By Simon Brunsdon and Brett Graham (wwos.nine.com.au)
Calvin Habib extracted a storming late finish down the inside from the raider to win by 0,75 lengths from two Gavin Smith-trained local hopes, Jaeger Moon (Capetown Noir) And Never Ending Rain (Soft Falling Rain).
Hans Solo was the 4/1 favourite and the second and third finishers were 14/1 and 5/1 respectively.
Gavin Smith neverhless had an incredible day.
He won no fewer than seven of the nine races at the meeting.
Which top South African jockey shed 17kg in just six weeks to ride in a race in April 1995?
Turffontein Standside Fields
Hollywoodbets Kenilworth Fields
Today’s Question Answer
Dennis Bosch, a top heavyweight rider in his day, was determined to defend his title in The Veteran Jockeys Challenge of 1995.
This was an annual event featuring retired riders sponsored by Winning Form.
Bosch managed to get the weight off by investing in a sweat suit and cycling 12 to 15km everyday.
However, he failed to win the race for the third time in succession .
That year it was won by Kenny Michel, who was an assistant riding master at the SA Jockeys Academy at the time.