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Event: Stud Farm Tour
When: Tuesday, 28 Feb 2017
Time: 6:30am – 5.30pm
(031 314 1994/
Next Tour: End of April
On Tuesday morning [Feb 28] the tour group will rendezvous at Greyville racecourse (Gate 8) at 6:30am.
At 6:45am there will be a light breakfast served, tea/ coffee and muffins will be available at the members office before departure to the Summerveld Training Centre Clubhouse.
At 7:40am once arrived at the clubhouse breakfast will be served whilst watching the work riders and horses train during the beautiful sunrise
At 8:30am we then depart to the SA Jockey Academy and visit with training master Laurence O’Donoghue who will take you on an educational tour on the process to becoming a jockey. You will also learn how the Academy is run.
At 9:30am we depart to Summerveld Training Centre for an intimate tour of the facility. You will visit the stables and interact with the horses in the stables and the stable staff members.
At 11:00am we leave to Summerhill Stud, arriving at 12:30 pm you will be taken on a tour by the stud’s Ammorette Kramer and learn more about breeding racehorses and horse care. You will also be taken through the history on the School of Excellence. And interact with Champion Stallions like Cape Town Noir, Act Of War, AP Arrow and Willow Magic.
At 14:15pm we visit the prestigious Hartford House 5 Star Restaurant for a hearty lunch prepared by Chef Constantijn Hahndiek.
At 15:15pm we depart for Durban with an expected arrival time at Greyville of approximately 17:00pm
Following a jockey protest and track inspection after Race 5, a decision was taken to abandon Races 6 to 9 at Turffontein yesterday [Thursday, Feb 23]
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Dean Kannemeyer’s Cape Town string may be on light duty following a virus scare but his KZN yard has not been affected and his runners have chances throughout the card at Greyville tonight. Trainers with satellite yards in KZN have the best of both worlds as they can shuttle horses back and forth from their home base and horses that are battling on the turf can be shipped to the Greyville poly without having to ‘raid’ or apply for boxes.
Kannemeyer, Sean Tarry and Andre Nel are three that have exploited this opportunity to their advantage with great success. A prime example is the Kannemeyer-trained Chrome Blue who lines up in the Build It Handicap.
The five-year-old appeared to have found his mark in Cape Town where he was struggling to add a fourth success after 28 runs but shipped to Durban and the Greyville poly, the transformation was instant as Chrome Blue turned in his best effort for some time, finishing with a rattle to get within a length of winner Icy Avalanche.
He does not face the strongest of fields tonight and is likely to start a warm favourite although he shouldn’t have things all his own way.
The lightly raced Warfarer has only ever raced on the poly and has put in two useful efforts over the course and distance since shedding his maiden for Lezeanne Forbes. Serino Moodley has lost his 4kg claim after his three winners over the weekend but is still good value for his 2.5kg claim and Warfarer looks a likely threat to the chances of Chrome Blue. The Nel-trained Arctic Teon is another that falls into the ‘shuttle’ category although in his case his Cape form was good albeit in the maidens. He made a winning debut on the poly track and has since followed up on the turf. He has little mileage on the clock and is capable of going in again.
Because of the numbers that stood their ground at final acceptances the MR70 Handicap was split into two races and Kannemeyer could benefit again as he saddles Night Circus in the Hibiscus Coast Security Handicap. He was the odds-on favourite and obviously the stable elect in the race won by Icy Avalanche with stable companion Chrome Blue edging him out of second spot.
Both his wins have come on the poly and from a pole position draw he can pay back his supporters.
Likely to start at attractive odds is the Paul Gadsby-trained Techno Captain. Although only recently shedding his maiden, the gelding has plenty of ability but is not the easiest of rides. However, he appears to have settled and got his mind on the job which could make things difficult for Night Circus.
The Kannemeyer-trained Irish Dynasty is another Cape Town battler making his KZN debut on the poly and off bottom weight could upstage stable companion and top weight Night Circus.
First Apostle and Live On The Moon are others to consider.
Kept Secret is back against her own sex in the Fastprint Handicap and Belinda Impey’s mare is long overdue her fourth visit to the winner’s enclosure. She has been close-up in her last three against males, last time out shouldering top weight, and although she faces some younger rivals that are still improving she should be right there.
Royal Rose and Wild Irish are two of the younger brigade and Royal Rose in particular looks a threat. Frank Robinson tried her in blinkers last time out and she only ran out of steam late in a tougher field than she meets here. The drop in class and trip should work in her favour.
By Andrew Harrison
Just Sensual can become the first three-year-old to win the Vasco Taverna Prix Du Cap since Mother Russia eight years ago at Kenilworth’s Prawn Festival meeting tomorrow.
Joey Ramsden, who also trained Mother Russia and has won four of the last 12 runnings of this Grade 3, expressed no surprise – indeed quite the opposite – when Anton Marcus’s mount won the Cape Fillies Guineas and her running in the CTS Mile last time was far better than her eventual 11th place would suggest.
Frankie Dettori – having to contend with a wide draw – soon had her in front and, although headed by William Longsword two furlongs out, she was still right with the winner at the distance of this race.
Silver Mountain also has a 3kg Grade 1 penalty to contend with but she ran a fine race in the Klawervlei Majorca despite being drawn in the bush and only tired in the closing stages. She rates the biggest danger.
Goodtime Gal looked the winner of the Majorca when in front with a furlong to run and Mike Robinson’s experiments at home have convinced him that first-time blinkers will make the filly that much sharper. “The 13 draw is the problem, particularly over 1 400m,” he points out. “But Richard Fourie has told me not to worry about that. He says he will get across.”
Interestingly the sahorseracing computer has her shooting out of the pens straight into the lead and narrowly holding on from Just Sensual and Silver Mountain.
This is a poor race for favourites – Marcus’s mount Cuvee Brut 12 months ago was the first to win since Mother Russia – so don’t let anyone deter you if you fancy one of the longer priced horses.
Captain’s Flame has run a little below her best in recent starts but there are reasons for believing that she could go close. “She wasn’t comfortable with her bit in her last few races but we have fixed this and she is very fit,” says Andre Nel. “However she seems to have lost a bit of confidence and that is a concern.”
The handicap ratings, as adjusted for penalties, put A Time To Dream second only to Just Sensual but her 102 mark owes much to a win in Port Elizabeth and her poor draw is worrying Justin Snaith – “Andrew Fortune rode a good race from behind in the Majorca but I don’t know what to do here.”
Alexis, who made the running in the Majorca before weakening two furlongs home, could be better over this distance and stable companion Beach Goddess certainly will be. Ridden to get the trip, she could be the best of the outsiders.
By Michael Clower
Fairview Friday 24 February Tips and Suggested Bets by INForm
Race 1. (3) SACRED ORATION (2) GONE NOT FORGOTTEN (6) DESERT CHIEF
Race 2. (7) DIXIE EXPRESS (2) NORMANZ (3) DARING DAVE
Race 3. (11) MAMBO TANGO (3) LATENITEFEVER (2) BRITISH FAIRY
Race 4. (1) CRYSTAL RIVER (3) OPIUM (2) LAIKIPIA
Race 5. (8) FEAR NOT (4) KANARA (1) CAT AND THE MOON
Race 6. (3) JEREMY (2) ONE AWAY (6) STREAK
Race 7. (8) PEONIE ROCK (9) SILVAN JAZZ (13) ANNELINE
Race 8. (9) FLY LIKE THE WIND (12) CAPTAINS SLIPPER (13) ETERNAL JET
Race 9. (5) NEWCREST (9) JUST TOO EARLY (7) RUSH IN
Place Accumulator: (R216)
Leg 1: 11,3
Leg 2: 1,3
Leg 3: 8,4
Leg 4: 3,2,6
Leg 5: 8,9,13
Leg 6: 9,12,13
Leg 7: 5
Pick 6: (R4536)
Leg 1: 1,3,2
Leg 2: 8,4,1
Leg 3: 3,2,6,10,11,12
Leg 4: 8,9,13,4,5,10,12
Leg 5: 9,12,13,1,4,6
Leg 6: 5,9
Leg 1: 8,4,1
Leg 2: 3,2,6,10,11,12
Leg 3: 8,9,13,4,5,10,12
Leg 4: 9,12,13,1,4,6
Race 9: 5
Race 3: 7
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