Kupholiwe pictured at Summerveld on Thursday morning (Candiese Lenferna Photography)
Michele Wing and the Gold Circle team compiled these trainer comments and the insightful video.
The country’s top 2-year-olds to showcase their class. Whilst support has come for the Mike de Kock-trained Gimmeanotherchance, race conditions make it competitive!
🎤Trainer / Jockey Comments
(Runners in market order)
🔹13. GIMMEANOTHERCHANCE: “He’s doing very well. He’s a nice horse with a draw to overcome. I think he’s a top class horse”, Mike de Kock.
🔹5. GUY GIBSON: “His last run at Scottsville was a very good run, running 3rd (Gold Medallion Gr1). He did get quite badly interfered with that day. On Saturday he has the services of Christophe Soumillon. He’s nicely drawn at 5. His prep has gone extremely well”, Roy Magner.
🔹7. SANDRINGHAM SUMMIT: “He’s a very promising 2-year-old colt. He’s a half-brother to Eden Roc. He’s in with a lively and competitive chance. I’m expecting a top run from him”, David Nieuwenhuizen.
🔹4. HAWKBILL: “He’s got the ability, that’s for sure. He’s very immature and he still doesn’t know how to race a hundred percent. I think he will travel here well and give a good account of himself”, Craig Zackey.
🔹6. GOLDEN TATJANA: “She’s beaten the colts twice. I dual nominated her and she drew better against the colts. If she brings her form when she beat the colts, she’ll be a runner”, Glen Kotzen.
🔹8. MAJESTIC TOUCH: “He’s a very smart horse, I just hope he doesn’t get caught out with the experience. He’s very lightly raced. In terms of ability, he’s got the class to run a very bold race”, Muzi Yeni. “We’re expecting a good run. His work has definitely improved (from winning his maiden)”, Roy Magner.
🔹14. FIRE ‘N FLAMES: “He’s in a very good space. His preparation went well. Drawn exceptionally bad. Hopefully de Kock’s horse, the 13-drawn horse can give us a good lead into the last 400. He is looking well and should contest the finish”, Kobus Roux.
🔹1.WINTER GAMES: “He come on a lot from that last run (2nd in The Sharks Gatecrasher Stakes). Perfect draw. Tristan knows him well and I see a huge run from him on Saturday”, Craig Eudey.
🔹9. KUPHOLIWE: “He did need his last run (4th in The Sharks Gatecrasher Stakes) as I eased off him after his maiden. But more particularly, in my opinion the race was run at a very pedestrian gallop early. He was drawn out deep and we elected to take a sit on him, which did really pan out in his favour. Saturday’s race will be a whole different complexion. We’ll be positive in case there’s not any genuine tempo early. If he reproduces his gallop and work in the lead-up, I think he’ll be right there”, Peter Muscutt.
🔹11.FIBONACCI: “He’s taking a huge step up and unfortunately with a ‘wide-ish’ draw. I think he’s up to it and I’m hoping he’ll run into the money. His work has been terribly good at home.
🔹12. ERMELO: “He ran an absolute cracker there (3rd in The Sharks Gatecrasher Stakes), he was absolutely flying on at the finish. He’s really improved a lot. He’s a classy individual. The draw, however, is a bit of a concern. I think he’ll be running a very good race there”, Rachel Venniker.
🔹10. CAPTAIN WARA: “He ran a very nice 2nd in the week, over 1200 (27 June 2023, Vaal, Race 2), so I think that would have been a very nice gallop for him. He’s a decent sort and I think the guys who play bigger quartets and more adventurous, add him in as he might just pop his nose in there and make it pay”, Corne Spies.
🔹2. TEEREX: “He had a run last Saturday and was a bit disappointing, but the ‘joc’ said he was hanging quite badly, so we’ve changed the bit on him. I think he’ll be looking for the step-up in trip. He could find himself in the back-end of quartets”, Kom Naidoo.
🔹3. ANDY COOGLE: “He had a gallop on Monday and took it well. He ran a decent race in his 2nd start. Kabelo Matsunyane knows him well and expecting him to run a forward race and run into the money”, Kom Naidoo.