Royal Aussie (Picture: Wayne Marks).
Royal Aussie Represents Value In HWB Gold Challenge
The Justin Snaith-trained Royal Mo colt Royal Aussie is the highest earner in the land this season thanks to his win in the R7.5 million Gold Rush.
He avoided the big three-year-old races to run in that and so probably has a suppressed merit rating (112).
However, the formlines show he beat Dave The King over 1600m in the Gold Rush, a race in which he also in fact beat See It Again, although the latter ran well below his subsequent runs.
Dave The King has subsequently beaten Cousin Casey over 1600m in the WSB Guineas.
Therefore the sponsor appears to have erred in offering Royal Aussie at 40/1 odds for Saturday’s big weight for age mile and Cousin Casey at 12/1, even if the latter did need his WSB Guineas run.
Royal Aussie’s draw of seven out of ten makes it tougher.
However, he has always had an impressively uncomplicated action and relaxes well in the running too.
This allows him to use his good turn of foot to maximum effect.
If JP van der Merwe can place him well he could well run into the money.
The 40/1 odds of course just represent each/way value with the major portion put on the place, because Charles Dickens is going to be hard to beat.
The superstar colt will have come on from his last start when easily winning the WSB Guineas.
He has a good draw of four and can exact revenge on his L’Ormarins King’s Plate conqueror Al Muthana.
Ricky Maingard will leave no stone unturned in getting Al Muthana to his peak, so he is likely to run a cracker from draw five out of ten.
Trip To Fortune has landed a good draw of three and has been in fine form so should be in the shake up under the underrated jockey Gareth Wright.
Cousin Casey has a new jockey aboard, S’Manga Khumalo, as former incumbent Grant van Niekerk will be aboard Al Muthana. Cousin Casey has a tremendous turn of foot when at his best and from pole position has to be respected especially under the twice SA Champion jockey.
Rascallion has class and will have still needed it when beaten 3,50 lengths by Trip Of Fortune in the WSB Green Point Stakes over this trip last November, which was the last time he ran over a mile. That was his second run after a layoff of eleven months. He should have come on from his Champions Season pipe opener in the WSB 1900 and will be finishing strongly from draw two.
Zapatillas produced a good finish to win the WSB Guineas over course and distance last year, but he has a tough draw of ten out of ten.
Do It Again has won this race before but this is likely to be seen as a preparation run for the Hollywoodbets Durban July, where he will make history by being the first to run in the big race six times and he will also be out to be the first to win it three times.
Bingwa is capable of a top drawer performance over a mile, but does need things to go his way and he has a tricky draw of eight.
Safe Passage ran a shocker in the IOS Drill Hall Stakes here over 1400m but improved next time out. This race will show whether he is still as good as he was as a three-year-old when winning both the Gr 2 WSB Dingaans and Gr 2 WSB Gauteng Guineas, among other races.
It will be an intriguing race and perhaps the sponsor is justified in making Royal Aussie a 40/1 shot, but he does look to be the least exposed horse at this level in the race and it will represent something of an acid test for him.
Gimme A Prince has been raised to a merit rating of 130 after winning the Gr 1 Golden Horse Sprint at Hollywoodbets Scottsville on Saturday. (Picture: Chase Liebenberg).
Handicapping Ratings Update
- Golden Horse Sprint (Handicap) (Grade 1)
GIMME A PRINCE has had his merit rating raised from 125 to 130 after he captured the Grade 1 Golden Horse Sprint (handicap) over 1200m at Hollywoodbets Scottsville on Saturday 3 June. The Handicappers were of the unanimous view that 4th finisher BARTHOLDI made for the most suitable line horse here, which leaves him unchanged on a mark of 119.
There were also raised ratings for runner-up THUNDERSTRUCK, who was lifted from 115 to 117, and for 3rd finisher SURJAY, who is up from 117 to 119. The only other increase was for 5th placed PEARL OF ASIA, who was 8 pounds or 4 kgs under sufferance at the weights and who accordingly goes up from 105 to 112.
No fewer than six horses were given a rating’s drop. SEEKING THE STARS is down slightly from 124 to 123, UNDER YOUR SPELL is down from 114 to 113, FULL VELOCITY drops to 108 from 110, TAIKONAUT is down from 117 to 115, GOOD TRAVELLER drops to 110 from 113, and lastly AFTER THE RAIN was trimmed from 105 to 104.
- SA Fillies Sprint (Grade 1)
PRINCESS CALLA, who was highest rated on her 127 rating, remains unchanged on that mark following her success in the Grade 1 SA Fillies Sprint for fillies and mares over 1200m at Hollywoodbets Scottsville on Saturday. It was in fact PRINCESS CALLA herself who was deemed to make for the ideal line horse when assessing this event, which is the reason for her unaltered rating.
The only ratings increases were for 4th placed COLD FACT, who is up from 112 to 115, and for 6th placed IPHIKO, who goes up from 107 to 109 to at least make her one pound higher than the 108-rated 8th finisher WHOA WHOA WHOA.
There were ratings drops for three horses. AMEENA is down slightly from 112 to 111, STIPTELIK drops from 108 to 107, and lastly AUNTY LIZZY is down to 100 from 102.
The diminutive Beach Bomb is promising and can hopefully follow in the footsteps of her diminutive five-time Grade 1-winning mother Beach Beauty (Picture: Wayne Marks).
Beach Beauty’s Second Filly Is Not Only A Look-Alike
Beach Beauty’s Lancaster Bomber daughter Beach Bomb lived up to her name in testing going at Hollywoodbets Kenilworth on Sunday when powering clear to win by 5,25 lengths in her second career start under Aldo Domeyer.
Gimmethegreenlight’s Two Gr 1’s Take Him Further Clear
After yesterday’s racing Gimmethegreenlight (Aus) led the national sires championship on stakes earnings by his progeny this season of R18,927,338.
In second place was What A Winter on R14,289,263
In third place is Vercingetorix on R13,697,525
In fourth place is Master Of My Fate on R12,174,075
In fifth place is Querari (GER) on R10,894,919
Gimmethegreenlight, Vercingetorix and the late Dynasty are neck and neck in stakes race success for the season.
All three have had ten individual stakes winners and Gimmethegreenlight’s individuals have accumlated 14 stakes wins between them, Vercingetorix’s have accumulated 13 and Dynasty 12.
Gimmethegreenlight had his first ever Gr 1 winner at Hollywoodbets Scottsville on Saturday when Lucky Lad won the Gold medallion and he later made it a second Gr 1 win at the Pietermaritzburg track when Gimme A Prince won the Golden Horse Sprint.
Gimmethegreenlight has now had seven individual Gr 1 winners of 22 races.
He has had three individual Gr 1 winners this season of 4 races.
Gimme A Prince has won the wfa Pongracz Cape Flying Championship and Golden Horse Sprint.
Bless My Stars has won the Wilgerbosdrift SA Fillies Classic.
Lucky Lad has won the Gold Medallion.
The Apache Deserves Better Support
At the 2009 BSA Emperor’s Palace National 2 Year Old Sale he was knocked down for a mere R80,000 and at the end of his career 4 years later in 2013 had amassed R17million in 20 appearances across 4 countries.
In SA he raced 15 times for 6 wins including the G2 Dingaans, G1 Daily News 2000 and the G1 Champions Cup and 7 places including a very respectable run through the field to place 4th in the 2011 Durban July behind Igugu, Pierre Jourdan and English Garden.
He was trained by Gavin Van Zyl who recalls that “he was very sound, had a wonderful temperament and neatly put together…..nicely structured young horse…..but unimpressive in his work”. Van Zyl realised he had something on his hands after his 3rd run.
Such was the talent of this horse that he was shipped to Dubai, racing for the powerful De Kock Racing Stable, where he won the G2 Al Rashidiya and placed 2nd in both the G1 Dubai Duty Free and the G1 Jebel Hatta before a 4th place run. Thereafter he ran 2nd in the G2 York Stakes in the UK before going trans-lantic for his final appearance in the US Arlington Million where he crossed the line 1st only to be relegated into 2nd for interference in the latter stages. A remarkable record for any horse.
By Mogok out of Apache Rose (Dolpour), bred at Scott Brothers Highdown Stud in the Fort Nottingham District of Kwazulu Natal, there is much that confirms that THE APACHE was a top quality SA bred racehorse.
Foreign- Based Winston Chow who bought him at the 2009 Sale and now owns him outright says he has been extremely disappointed in the lack of support for THE APACHE however that he is looking forward to what he believes his mares may offer in breeding because of the valuable Coup De Folie in the pedigree. Mr Chow has a deep understanding of pedigree, arguably an expert level of understanding, which guides his thinking and refuses to accept that THE APACHE offers nothing to breeding saying that he has already identified some very nice nicks of substance for his mares.
Former Multiple Champion Jockey Anthony Delpech remembers the horse very well having ridden him in his first 4 starts as a 2 year old for a 4th, 2nd and two 1st’s. “I thought he was a very smart horse……he always showed the potential of being a good horse….and what he did in Dubai and the States proved he was a very smart horse”.
Raymond Danielson piloted him in his last 11 races in SA and had this to say “The Dingaans stood out for me because that’s where I learned how to ride him. He always liked to be towards the back of the field and then had a very good turn of foot but I had to wait till late to send him. In the Dingaan’s I rode him exactly like that and he ran through the field with ease and won a very easy race. That’s when we knew he was special.” He ran a credible 4th under Danielson in the 2013 Durban July who reckons “if he had stayed here another season he would have won the July the next year”. He added that he showed nothing during work but was very different on the track.
Tyrone Zackey currently trains 4 of the progeny and says they are very nice distance horses with good temperaments but can take a while to come on.
It is puzzling to understand just why the market has not been kinder to THE APACHE and its equally difficult to understand what more could be expected from a Sire. Sire’s do not choose their covers and so it would not be grossly incorrect to dismiss any Sire especially one that carries both the racing and the bloodline credentials THE APACHE does. This athletic individual has a proven race record of high quality and as the only son of Mogok in SA with the heralded Coup De Folie in his pedigree there remains much untapped and untested potential in his blood.
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A workrider puts a Ready To Run lot through his paces (Picture: Cape Racing Sales).
RTR Sales Race And Sale Brought Forward To 21/2 October
Cape Racing Sales (CRS) have advised a change of dates for the Cape Racing Ready to Run & 2yo Unbroken Sales Race and the 2023 sale itself. The race has been brought forward from 4 November and will now be staged at Hollywoodbets Kenilworth on Saturday, 21 October. The Sale will take place at the same venue on Sunday, 22 October 2023.
Buyers are reminded that horses bought at the Bloodstock SA Sales and then resold at the RTR Sale in October will be eligible for two bonuses, the BSA R100,000 Bonus and the CRS R100,000 – therefore qualifying for R200,000 when they win their first Juvenile Races.
“We’ve decided to bring the sale forward as part of our Juvenile Programme, and so our first Juvenile race over 800m will be brought forward from the end of November to 18 November, two weeks sooner. With the sale also being held earlier, this give graduates enough time to qualify and get ready for the first juvenile race,” said Justin Vermaak, Racing Operations and Bloodstock Executive for Cape Racing.
Nothing Fishy About Fourie’s Fantastic Five
Ace jockey crowns red-hot form at Scottsville speed fest
Announcements about what these stars will ride in the Hollywoodbets Durban July is eagerly awaited.
Auguste Rodin and Ryan Moore on top in the 244th Epsom Derby on June 3. (courtesy britishchampions.com)
Derby Caters For FA Cup Clash, World Pools Plunge
Takings plunge 36% due to the earlier start time at Epsom to avoid a clash with the FA Cup final
Raven Black (Master Of My Fate) returns from a ten month layoff to win at the Vaal today and give Kabelo Matsunyane and Brett Crawford the first leg of a double (JC Photos).
Matsunyane/Crawford Double, Lerena Double, Nieuwenhuizen Double
Kabelo Matsunyane and Brett Crawford scored a double together at the Vaal today and both Gavin Lerena and David Nieuwenhuizen also scored respective doubles.
Matsunyane goes to 94 wins for the season at a strike rate of 9.39%.
Crawford is on 92 wins at 13.59%.
Lerena goes to 78 wins at 15.32%.
Nieuwenhuizen is on 8 wins at 6.40%.
A Durban July of many years ago.
The Durban July winner of 75 years ago was sired by a stallion who was the last to be champion stallion in South Africa without being resident here. Who was that July winner and who was the sire?
MONTROSE (1930: Coronach – Accalmie by Pilliewinkie) won 13 (16 places) of 40 starts in England. He was the third, but most successful, non-resident sire to top the South African Sires List which he did in 1950/51. He was in the top 3 over four consecutive seasons from 1947/48. He sired the winner of four “July’s” and six Durban Gold Cups. Thirty nine of his sons were imported into South Africa with thirty seven winning 163 races (southafricanracehorse.wordpress.com)
Ted Shaw was a renowned Cape trainer and this was his third July winner, following Petersfield II in 1936 and Silver Phantom in 1942.
Monasterevan was sired by Montrose, who was the July-winning sire for three successive years, because he was also sire of the dual July winner Milesia’s Pride who won in 1949 and 1950.
Montrose also sired the 1944 July winner Monteith.
Montrose was one of four sires who won the SA Championship without being resident in SA.
He won the title in the 1950/51 season.
The others to win it while not resident in SA were Matchmaker (1905/06), Greenlawn (1906/07) and Cameronian (1939/40)