Arumugam (Duke of Marmalade) is owned and bred by Durbanite Steven Chetty and is trained by the master of producing staying race winners, Weiho Marwing (Picture: Candiese Lenferna).
Michele Wing and the Gold Circle team interviewed trainers with runners in the Gr 3 World Pool Gold Cup to be run at Hollywoodbets Greyville on Sunday. Read the comments below and watch the video.
1. RAISEAHALLELUJAH: “He’s doing really nicely in Durban. He stayed down there. This has always been a target race for us, so hoping it’s been worth the wait”, Candice Dawson.
5. FIGHT SONG: “He is a horse that is very hard to get consecutive, honest runs out of. If he does settle, because he needs to settle, he’s got the ability to turn it on, which is a great asset in a race like the Gold Cup when most horses will be stopping”, Gareth van Zyl.
2. SENSO UNICO: “He’s a decent stayer. Even though he finished a couple of lengths off them on July day, he ran a very good race in the 3000m race, he came from last to run 4th. Since then he’s progressed”, Vaughan Marshall.
12. SEA MASTER: “The draw is not preferable for him. He just needs to settle, which will be possible as long as he’s not cramped up behind them. A horse who is definitely in a happy and good space. Anthandiwe Mgudlwa knows him very well”, Gareth van Zyl.
15. SALVATOR MUNDI: “Great jockey in Gavin Lerena. He’s won on him before in a big race. He doesn’t do well in Natal, he certainly does a lot better in the Cape season. Shocking draw. Going to need a bit of luck”, Justin Snaith.
8. ROCKIE REEF (SCRATCHED): “Obviously she’s taking a big step-up in class. She’s from an outstanding female line. If you look through her 3rd dam, just champion stayers of Europe. She does stay very well. She’s very fit. I have no doubt in my mind that she’ll be one of the ones ‘towering’ down the straight”, Peter Muscutt.
9. FLYING FIRST CLASS: “She’s a proven stayer. She’s up against the boys. Out at the weights. But if you go back to her ‘Vase’ run she ran a credible race and am expecting her to be right there. If we can have her handy, she’ll give a good account of herself”, David Nieuwenhuizen.