Kabelo Matsunyane’s smile says it all (Picture: Chase Liebenberg).
Kabelo Praises Horse And Mentor
Mainstream sports journalist Mark Etheridge interviewed Hollywoodbets Durban July-winning jockey Kabelo Matsunyane and wrote the interesting article below:
Mark Etheridge (Business Day)
“Kabelo’s work ethic is top drawer — he’s always listening and learning. As I said, being a natural lightweight is a massive asset. If he works as hard as he’s currently doing he can certainly become one of SA’s greatest jockeys.”
Silver Sanctuary wins on debut at the Vaal yesterday (JC Photos)
Safe Passage’s Full Sister Wins Well On Debut
The mare My Sanctuary has carved two places in history for herself and could soon be in the news again as her latest runner, the Mike de Kock-trained Silver Sanctuary, looked good in the preliminaries at the Vaal yesterday and duly won a good race.
The Drakenstein homebred Silvano filly is a full-sister to Gr 1 Daily News 2000-winning stablemate Safe Passage and ran on fluently under JP van der Merwe in the 1400m event down the straight to win by a cosy 1,75 lengths.
Safe Passage is finding even a mile too short these days, so Silver Sanctuary will improve over further and being by Silvano should progress continually.
She already has value as a broodmare and will one day be another fine addition to the leading stakes race-producing farm in the country.
Safe Passage was fancied for the Hollywoodbets Durban July on Saturday, but it did not pan out well for him under Christophe Soumillon. He was far back in the running and then when trying to go for his run was carried all the way to the outside rail and actually squeezed up against it.
Soumillon rides in the ultra strictly policed jurisdiction of France.
He would have been unimpressed that in South Africa jockeys appear to have plenty of leeway on the lines they take coming off the false rail, even if the horses behind them are in close proximity.
Safe Passage finished well but had no chance after the aforementioned incident.
My Sanctuary’s first entry into SA racing history books was as the cause of a protest at the old Clairwood racecourse that caused the meeting to be abandoned. In a small field race she was the hot favourite and her gate did not open. However, My Sanctuary, who was said to be temperamental, burst through the gates, using her strength. She had lost a good five to ten lengths, but her class saw her running on strongly to finish third. Under the rules a horse who finishes in the first four cannot be declared a non-runner. The angry crowd demanded she be declared a non-runner and prevented the jockeys from going out for the next race. However, the stipendiary stewards hands were tied by the rules and the meeting had to be abandoned.
My Sanctuary’s second claim to fame was as a Gr 1-producing mare.
Silver Sanctuary will hopefully add to her story.
Three Anchor Bay pictured before last year’s BSA August Two-year-old Sale (BSA).
Winchester Mansion’s Twice Over Half-brother A Cheap Buy?
It is interesting to note that the half-brother to Hollywoodbets Durban July winner Winchester Mansion went for just R75,000 at the last BSA August Two-year-old sale, despite being by July-producing sire Twice Over.
It is little surprise to learn that this colt, who was knocked down to John Freeman, is trained by Justin Snaith and owned by Nick Jonsson.
Jonsson has had incredible success with Twice Over.
The British-bred sire by Observatory has brought him three Gr 1 winners, the Snaith-trained legend Do It Again, the Snaith-trained Cape Guineas winner Double Superlative and the Michael Roberts-trained dual Gr 1 winner See It Again.
Jonsson and partners Bernard Kantor and the late Jack Mitchell had to splash out R1.1 million to secure Do It Again.
Therefore, Three Anchor Bay has the potential to be a bargain buy.
However, Jonsson is steeped in racing and commenting on the purchase price said, “Well let’s hope he can run! If not then it’s expensive!!”
Jonathan Snaith said about Three Anchor Bay, who has already been gelded, “He is quite backward and is taking time. He is a big colt and just needs a lot of patience.”
Strangely enough, considering Twice Over is viewed as a stamina influential sire, Three Anchor Bay is a full-brother to the Gr 1-winning sprinter Sand And Sea, who won the Gold Medallion.
Justin Snaith’s second of five July winners, Legislate, was probably the bargain of the century and John Freeman was also involved in that purchase.
Justin recalled recently, “We and John Freeman liked Legislate at the National Yearling Sales but thought he would go for too much. John and I were sitting around when he was in the ring and nobody was interested. So we put up our hand at R90,000 and got him.”
The official purchase price of R100,000 was just to make up the reserve.
Snaith continued, “We went straight to Vaughan Koster after the bidding and asked him if there was something wrong with him that we had missed. He replied ‘no he is a cracker’. He could not believe the price either.”
The Dynasty colt reeled off victories in 2014 in the Gr 1 Cape Derby, the Gr 2 KRA Guineas, the Gr 1 Daily News 2000 and the Gr 1 Durban July which saw him being named Equus Horse Of The Year.
He has unfortunately had fertility issues considering from 37 foal and 33 runners he has produced no fewer than 8 stakes winners, which is a phenomenal 24% stakes winners to runners.
The rider of the circled horse Hillsin appeared to make no effort to improve his position after jumping the last hurdle. (Credit: Sky Sports Racing).
BHA Suspend Horse After Controversial Ride
by Paulick Report Staff
“I don’t want to be dropping the jockey in trouble … but I told him not to let go of his head and he’s gone to an extreme,” Honour added. “In my mind, if he was to look back this morning I’m sure he would be disappointed with the ride he has given it.”
The situation has escalated according to a report in the Racing Post which said:
The trainer has described the fallout from the event as “horrible”, with the criticism aimed in his direction going as far as death threats. As a consequence, he requested owner Alan Clegg remove both Hillsin and stablemate Colonel Lesley from his yard. Both horses were transferred to Brian Barr’s stable in Dorset on Thursday.
“We wanted them off the yard,” said Honour. “I don’t want to go racing with them because it’s going to keep bringing back bad publicity. I’d rather be away from it and don’t want to be part of it. I’ve never spoken to so many reporters as today and I don’t want the media circus around this.
“I’m not part of this, I’ve done my job and that horse was fit and ready to roll. End of. It’s better to just walk from it and they’ve gone to Brian Barr’s.”
Michael Harris Captures Another Extraordinary Photograph
A photographer being in the right place at the right time might be viewed as luck by some, but British photographer Michael Harris has a knack of doing it often.
He took the above picture of two legendary Nicky Henderson-trained jumps racehorses Sprinter Sacre and Altior.
They used to be stablemates and although Sprinter Sacre is four years older than Altior they both won Group 1s at the 2016 Cheltenham Festival, although for both that was just one of many Group 1 victories.
They clearly recognised each other when being reunited at the Lambourn Open Day on April 7 this year and were happy to see each other again.
The below picture is of them meeting up again before spending some close moments together as depicted in the top picture.
Turffontein Standside Saturday Formguides And Selections
1 12:00 PM – 4Racing Welcomes You Maiden Plate
Watch out for: TRUMP MY QUEEN (3)
Emily Upjohn has been tipped by the Racing Post to win the Eclipse Stakes tomorrow (Saturday) at Sandown (Picture: Bloodhorse).
Coral Eclipse Preview
2023 Coral-Eclipse: assessing the top contenders for the big Group 1 at Sandown on Saturday
Paddington receives 10lb in for weight-for-age allowances (7lb from Emily Upjohn) and will be a big player if he stays, which his pedigree suggests he might.
The colours of the first Grand National winner (wikipedia).
What was the fitting name of the first ever Grand National winner?
Question answer at the bottom of the newsletter
Lottery, the first winner of the Grand National