Surjay has the ability to upset in the Golden Horse as he proved when downing Kommetdieding and Trip Of Fortune over 1200m back in November. (Picture: Wayne Marks).
Surjay Could Cause A Big Upset In Golden Horse
The Brett Crawford-trained Vercingetorix gelding Surjay could be the horse to side with in the Gr 1 Golden Horse Sprint over 1200m at Hollywoodbets Scottsville on Saturday, although his 20/1 odds are probably a true reflection of his last three runs.
Crawford has won this race before and did it with a three-year-old, Bold Respect, who carried 55,5kg. Surjay is four and carries 56kg. Vercingetorix’s progeny have won three Gr 1’s over this course and distance already. Surjay’s best run this season was when beating Kommetdieding and Trip Of Fortune over this distance in the Non-Black Type Bantry Bay Stakes on the tough Kenilworth course. He showed good cruising speed and an exceptional turn of foot that day. That is exactly what is required to win at HWB Scottsville. It was also his second run after a layoff. It is his second run after a layoff here. He made his KZN pipe opener in the IOS Drill Hall over 1400m, running a 4,20 length seventh. Surjay has faced Gimme A Prince three times this season. He finished on top of him over 1100m in October receiving just 2kg. In their next clash he jumped from draw 20 of 20 in the Merchants and tired after facing the breeze the whole way. However, in the Gr 1 Pongracz Cape Flying he hit the front close to home, but was run out of it. He will now be 4kg better off for a 2,70 length beating from that race. Hopefully he recaptures his earlier form because he will need to improve on his last three runs if he is to win. What makes this a real possibility is this is his second run after gelding.
Ryan Moore Previews His Day One Rides At Derby Festival
His rides include the hot favourite for the Oaks
Betfair ambassador Ryan Moore has five rides on the first day of the meeting in Surrey
The Oaks is the big race of the day – and Moore believes he has a “top class” ride in the race
Moore was speaking exclusively to Betfair.
2.00 (15H00 SA Time) – The Camden Colt
He ran a nice race for me when third on his debut over 5f at Chester last month and he clearly benefited from that experience when stepping up to 6f and making all at Haydock last time.
He is one of many in here with a winning chance, I suppose, and his midfield draw in seven could have been better and could have been worse.
2.35 (15H35 SA Time) – Revich
I haven’t ridden him before but he has excellent course form – he has won around here and he was second in this race last season – and he comes here in good nick after winning easily at Chester.
He went up 6lb for that win, so this will be much tougher – he is back to his career-high mark – but he is ground-versatile and he clearly has a good chance.
3.10 (16H10 SA Time) – Point Lonsdale
Westover ran a great race for me when second to Equinox in the Sheema Classic in March and last year’s Derby third is probably just about the one to beat in here, for all Emily Upjohn has to be respected and Hurricane Lane bounced back to form last time.
All of those three have proven course form, too. The German horse Tunnes is certainly not a no-hoper, even if his Group 1-winning form has come in much deeper ground.
However, Point Lonsdale is really getting his act together after an interrupted 3yo campaign and I loved his attitude when winning for me in testing ground at Chester. He dug it out very well there.
This is clearly a much tougher assignment but this will tell us where we are at with him in Group 1 terms. The better surface here will be no issue for him, though the company might.
3.45 (16H45 SA Time) – Savvy Victory
I rode him when he was fifth in the Cambridgeshire and he probably ran as well as he has ever done when second for me at Chester last time, only giving best to a tenacious winner close home.
The handicapper thought so anyway, as he upped him 2lb to a career-high mark of 106, so this will be tough. But of course he has his chance, and good ground will be fine for him.
4.30 (17H30 SA Time) – Savethelastdance
Being honest, I think it will take a very good filly to beat her, but there could be two such horses here in Soul Sister and Running Lion.
I thought both were very impressive in winning the Musidora and Pretty Polly respectively and if they fully see out this 1m4f trip, which they are possibly not guaranteed to do on pedigree – Soul Sister’s speed in a slowly-run Musidora was the feature of that win – then they are obviously very serious rivals.
Stamina is not a question mark hanging over my filly as the manner in which she kept on picking up and powered through line at Chester was pretty rare. You could feel her quickening all the time, even in that ground, and it was a very taking performance. Of course, that came on heavy but there is no reason why this quicker surface should be any issue at all. The dam loved fast ground.
She struck me as top class at Chester and let’s hope she can prove that here under different conditions. Her draw in four is fine.
We also run Be Happy and Red Riding Hood and, while they clearly have a fair bit to find form-wise, the trip will suit them both.
Chansonette winning the Gr 1 WSB Cape Fillies Guineas (Picture: Wayne Marks)
Cape Fillies Guineas Winner Chansonette Retired
The announcement of the Sabine Plattner-owned filly’s retirement was made last week.
Aidan O’Brien Blown Away By Oaks Favourite Savethelastdance
‘It was so unusual, almost like an optical illusion’ – Aidan O’Brien blown away by Oaks favourite Savethelastdance
bet365: 11-10 Savethelastdance, 9-4 Soul Sister, 6 Running Lion, 10 Eternal Hope, 20 Heartache Tonight, 33 Be Happy, Caernarfon, Red Riding Hood, 40 Sea Of Roses, 50 Maman Joon, 66 Bright Diamond
Owner Rose Waterman-Wentzel describes Noble City’s unusually shaped blaze as resembling “a Victorian woman wearing a bustle.” (Picture supplied).
Noble City, Unusually Marked Horse With A Lot Of Talent
Peter Muscutt reached the 50 mark for the season on Saturday and it was fittingly with one of his most promising horses, the three-year-old Noble Tune gelding Noble City.
Seven Figure Kieswetter-bred Colt Fourth On Debut For Godolphin
The Charlie Appleby-trained Godolphin-owned Dubawi colt Inner City made his debut over seven furlongs at Yarmouth today and after taking a keen hold stayed on for a close up fourth.
He should have benefited from the experience and is one to be with next time out.
He is entered in a six-and-a-half furlong race at Newbury next Wednesday.
Klondike after winning on debut over a mile and three furlongs at Newbury.
Jonsson’s Klondike Holds Royal Ascot Entry After Listed Second
Prolific South African owner Nick Jonsson had his first winner in the U.K. recently with the William Haggas-trained Klondike and this Galileo colt followed up that debut victory with a second place finish in a Listed race at Goodwood over a mile and three furlongs last Friday.
The John and Thady Gosden-trained Gregory, who is by Golden Horn out of a Galileo mare, started odds-on for the Goodwood event and won it by three lengths.
Klondike runs in Jonsson’s colours despite having esteemed joint owners John Magnier, Michael Tabor and Luca and Sara Cumani’s Fittocks Stud.
The horse holds an entry for the 1m4f (1m3f211y) Group 2 King Edward VII Stakes for 3yo colts and geldings at the Royal Ascot meeting.
However, Jonsson was not convinced he would be taking his place as there were some possibly better options.
Ripple Effect won the first race today easily and it was Ashley Fortune’s 50th win of the season and the first leg of a quick double together with Raymond Danielson (JC Photos).
Danielson Rides Double For 50-Up Fortune, Azzies Score Double
Raymond Danielson rode a double for Ashley Fortune today.
The first of them clinched Fortune her 50th win of the season.
Mike and Adam Azzie also scored a double.
Danielson goes to 30 wins for the season at 11.54%.
Fortune is on 51 wins at 10.97%.
The Azzies are on 34 wins at 19.54%.
The subject of the question is pictured above
Who was the first South African rider to win a British classic race and which race did he win?
John Gorton ecstatic after winning the Epsom Oaks on Sleeping Partner.
Gorton produced a magnificent ride in the July of 1967 aboard the Fred Rickaby-trained lightweight Jollify to dead-heat with the immortal Sea Cottage.
Wikipedia describes Sleeping Partner’s three-year-old career below:
Sleeping Partner made her first appearance as a three-year-old in the Oaks Trial at Lingfield Park Racecourse on 17 May and won at odds of 14/1. In the 191st running of the Oaks Stakes over one and a half miles at Epsom Racecourse on 7 June the filly was partnered by the South African-born jockey John Gorton and started at odds of 17/1 in a fifteen-runner field. The leading contenders appeared to be Full Dress and Wenduyne, the winners of the 1000 Guineas and the Irish 1000 Guineas respectively. After being restrained towards the rear in the early stages she produced a sustained run on the outside in the last quarter-mile, overtook the front-running Frontier Goddess inside the final 100 yards and won by three-quarters of a length with Myastrid four lengths back in third place. At Royal Ascot later that month, with Gorton again in the saddle, she was made the 7/4 favourite for the Ribblesdale Stakes and came home five lengths clear of her opponents.
Shortly after her win at Ascot Sleeping Partner contracted a respiratory infection which interrupted her season. She ran twomore races that year without recapturing her best form, finishing third behind Frontier Goddess and Wenduyne in the Yorkshire Oaks in August and fourth to Aggravate in the Park Hill Stakes in September.
She only ran once the next season and was retired after finishing unplaced.
However, she proved to be barren at stud.