GEOFF Woodruff has saddled six Gr1 Summer Cup winners and in current 14-1 shot Secret Potion he has a filly who can become only the fourth female in the last 20 years to pick off Johannesburg’s most coveted racing prize.
The lightly-raced four-year-old by Elusive Fort has an outstanding race record of 11 runs for five wins, including a narrow victory over current Cup favourite Cascapedia in what was a prep run for both in a Pinnacle Stakes over 1600mn at Turffontein last week.
In theory, with not much in it at the weights, there shouldn’t be more than a length or two between Cascapedia and Secret Potion when they cross swords again in the Cup. It could go either way and Woodruff said of owner Sherwin Jerrier’s filly: “That Cascapedia is favourite at 11-2 means that Secret Potion is a value bet at 14-1. Cascapedia will improve, but our filly will also improve a few lengths going into the big race. She has already shown improvement.”
Woodruff noted: “The day she went over the line in the SA Oaks back in May it crossed my mind that Secret Potion could develop be a Summer Cup contender and she has. She is a lean and athletic filly, buy she has matured and best of all she has learnt to settle in a race.”
Woodruff, who won multiple Gr1 races with Secret Potion’s sire, Elusive Fort, added: “This is my first Elusive Fort runner in the Cup. He was a bit feminine too, but with plenty of heart and his fillies seem to be a bit better than his colts, that may come from his damline.”
Secret Potion pulled up sound and well from last week’s run and Woodruff said: “She went straight to her manger, she enjoyed the run. We had her fairly fit the other night, as one would have her for a two-race burst. She’s coming along, she’ll be tuned on Cup day and I do think she has the quality to surprise them.”
Photo: Secret Potion beats Cascapedia (JC Photos).