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Champion Trainer Slams July Panel

Bad for racing says multiple July winning conditioner

Sean Tarry - another good feature win

Sean Tarry – hometown decision

SA Champion trainer, Sean Tarry, lambasted the Durban July panel for making “hometown decisions” after his filly, Trophy Wife, failed to make the final field for the big race on July 2, writes Dave Mollett.

“They should rename Gold Circle, Gold Circus – their decison to omit a horse with her group form is bad for racing,” said Tarry.

Trophy Wife has been named as first reserve which is little consolation for Tarry who is chasing his third Vodacom Durban July success.

He still has two live candidates in French Navy and Samurai Blade.

Tarry said the case to include Trophy Wife was substantial.

“Not only was she beaten only two lengths by Met winner Smart Call at Turffontein in November, she was third behind the same horse in last season’s Woolavington and, more recently, won the Gr 2 Gerald Rosenberg Stakes – tell me how they can leave her out?”

Geoff Woodruff - pleasing feature winner

Geoff Woodruff – tough call for Deo Juvente

Another Gauteng trainer bemoaning the verdict of the July panel was Geoff Woodruff who will be furious that Summer Cup runner-up, Deo Juvente, failed to receive an invite.

This despite Woodruff following Gold Circle’s instructions and giving the horse a public gallop after racing at Turffontein last Saturday. The four year-old worked well and finished perfectly sound.

One racing fan, expressing himself on the Sporting Post website prior to yesterday’s decision, commented: “Deo Juvente should get a run on form as he has to be one of the better older horses apart from French Navy. I think he will be a huge runner in the race and our best horses should be in our best horses.”

Master Sabina

Master Sabina is in – stablemate Deo Juvente didn’t make the cut

The consolation for Woodruff is that his other top horse, Master Sabina, has drawn favourably at barrier eight.

Justin Snaith - nice feature double on home turf

Justin Snaith – four runners

Trainer Justin Snaith, who will saddle four runners, had mixed fortune in the draw.

Black Arthur, the mount of Dougie Whyte, drew wide at barrier 17 but stablemate, Bela-Bela, drew favourably at gate three.

This news will delight jockey Anthony Delpech who is chasing his fifth July success. He has opted to partner Bela-Bela instead of KZN Guineas winner, Black Arthur.

Another jockey bidding for a fifth July triumph is Anton Marcus who was not declared for a mount yesterday.

He could end up on St Tropez or Rabada – the latter  is set to run in the KZN Million at Greyville on Sunday.

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26 comments on “Champion Trainer Slams July Panel

  1. tyrone says:

    I have to say that once again this July the best horses are not running. End of the day, Trophy Wife as well as Deo should have been included as they have stronger graded and joburg form ahead of some of our kzn horses included. Remember, Deo defeated all of French Navy, Mac De Lago and St Tropez last Summer Cup.

    1. master says:

      You are right Mr Tarry. “Gold Circus” with all the Clowns…….
      “Graeme Hawkins and Gang”……

  2. Ian Jayes says:

    It was a handicap for decades. If it was still a handicap there would be no argument about the make-up of the field. Once you make conditions and fiddle around with handicapping, you get officials using discretion and that is fraught with problems. As the song goes: After you get what you want, you don’t want what you wanted at all..

  3. Deva Govender says:

    Saratoga ahead of Trophy wife is sick!!!

  4. MOT says:

    Mr Tarry, you reap what you sow! If you wanted the “best” horses in the race you would not have manipulated the rules to suit yourself & scratched the highest rated runner Legal Eagle AFTER the weights announcement.

  5. pmb says:

    Bit harsh comments both ways. Cases can be made for all of the horses running but agree that the selections can be disputed with some of those mentioned.
    Overall my first impression of the field was a bit…meh!

    Turning into a bland race without the very best horses on a s…t track.
    Only the 3yo’s keeping my interest

  6. Blue Peter says:

    Not sure about 132 LBS for French Navy. Too many potatoes. Rabada versus the Cape Horses. I love Horse Racing In South Africa. Would be great if Telly Track do a few Zimbabwe interviews on telly to promote the sport in that region. Love racing in Zim.

  7. Sammy says:

    Why on earth is Rabada running in the Million Mile on Sunday? Three days after the July gallops and six days before the July. Has Azzie lost his marbles?

    1. Editor says:

      The late Buddy Maroun, Corne Spies – two examples of top trainers who not scared to run them

      1. Sammy says:

        But that is not the Azzman’s style, is it? He was quoted on another website as saying Sunday’s race may count against Rabada in the July, which makes this all the more strange. Owners rule, I guess.

        1. Editor says:

          You right, Sammy it not his usual style – and July is a tough race

  8. Andre says:

    The Azman knows what he is doing leave him be. Lets see the horse run his races, then you can crit him, not before. Holding thumbs for best 3 yr old Azman …. Abashiri, show them who is the BOSS

  9. Wayne says:

    Let’s be Honest, Both Howells July horses are questionable at best. I cannot understand how Judicial didn’t get in. Really bad. Deo Juvente is another one. In fact he has Conglomerate and St tropez beaten on the summer cup run. This happens every year. I remember a few years ago when Gothic got in of a terrible mark and ran to form. It’s sad to say the least.

  10. RVN says:

    Amazing how outspoken these trainers are against Gold Circle, never hear them say anything about Phum, wonder why that is ?

  11. Russell Parkinson says:

    Michael Azzie has absolutely no say about where the horses he trains run and when. He is already on record as saying that if Abishiri belonged to him the horse wouldn’t be running in the VDJ. I agree with him as the horse has got no chance giving 4kg’s or so to his three year-old contempories. As for Rabada, Derek Brugman calls the shots as to where the Jooste horses run and in my opinion the punters that have backed Rabada to win the July have ‘done their money’ already as running the horse in a tough 1600m race just six days before the big race can hardly be considered as ideal preparation. These actions suggest to me that deep down the connections don’t think that Rabada can win the July and really they should have pulled him out and let another candidate take their chance – at the very least, punters could have been warned that there was a probability that the horse was going to be running 6 days before the Vodacom.

  12. Seafarer says:

    I cant understand on Current form how The Conglomerate got in .

    He has run 4 times this year with the best being two fourths.
    Sorry Sean for Trophy Wife not getting in , but She does not carry the Emerald green, yellow stars, black sleeves and cap colours and Mr Derek Brugman does not manage Mr Van’s horses . Shame – It is not how good your horse is it is who you know.

  13. Adrian says:

    The narrow track is hard enough and putting substandard horses in South Africa’s biggest horse race has just made it an obstacle race.
    That is doing the owners of this game and punters a huge injustice.

  14. Kevin says:

    As part owner of Judicial people might feel I am biased but on pure factual achievement and consistency Judicial had every right to make this July’s final field.Every year there is a different criteria on how you need to qualify,but each year it changes .No matter what criteria they approached he was eligible to run .Judicial has a merit rating of 105 and ran 4th from draw 20 in the summer cup beaten 1 length and beating Mac de lago ,st tropez and dynamic who ran 18th 17 lengths behind him .In the presidents challenge grade 1 Judicial ran 5th to legal eagle and French navy ,not forgetting that he beat home French navy in a recent pinnacle stake .After a recent great win he then placed again in a graded race .He is a 6 time winner and has competed with the best and consistently stood his ground always under sufferance at the weights .Judicial would have finally been well weighted for a change .

  15. Adrian says:

    Spot on. The Summer Cup form clearly shows that St tropez and dynamic where soundly beaten by the top four finishers even though they where receiving weight.The only reason these horses where given a run in the July was that the Cup Trial and Betting World 1900 fields were sub standard.It is also a reason why trainers need to place their horses strategically in order to secure their spots.If Trophy Wife,Deo Juvente,Judicial where run in the Cup Trial or 1900 I think we would have definitely seen them in the July field.

  16. Ernest says:

    Not to worry Mr Tarry, Azman will scratch Rabada and Shimanga has chosen to ride Trophy Wife

    All The Plans are coming together.

  17. Blue Peter says:

    July field. Defending champ, you in. Queens plate, Great Cape Met, Cape of good hope Derby, You in. Summer Cup, SA classic and Derby, You in. Woolavington, SA Oaks, you in. Champions cup, you in. The remaining spots are up for grabs.To maintain Group 1 status a rethink in required in the qualification process. No trainer may have more than three runners unless pre-qualification races have been won. What an exciting days racing lies ahead. Study the form and all will be revealed. The 1st Saturday in July. Issh

  18. Garrick Bergh says:

    At least they are consistent – they have a long and proud record of not inviting horses that deserved to be included. William Penn (who ran the subsequent winner In Full Flight to a neck at his next outing) & Castle Walk (who won the Natal Derby before the July and then the Gold Cup at his next outing) spring to mind as well as James Goodman’s horse (whose name escapes me) a couple of years ago.

    I guess they are desperate to accomodate local trainers. You need to go back to Spanish Galliard in the early 90’s to find the last ‘local’ winner of the July.

    1. Editor says:

      Gold Tax?

    2. greg ennion says:

      Master Plan was another example of their poor selection strategies!! As a 3yr old, he ran 2nd to champion Beach Beauty in the 1900, having his first run of the KZN season (as a July prep). It was also his first run at Greyville, his first time under the lights and was badly drawn at 16. In spite of running a brilliant race with all these negative factors, the “Panel’ felt he wasn’t good enough for the July and so excluded him from the final field. Interestingly, a few other July hopefuls who ran in the 1900, finished behind him, yet they got in. Master plan then went on to win the KZN Derby (Gr2) in a canter and then the Champions Cup (Gr1), both wins coming after the final field was announced.

      Make sense??

  19. Garrick Bergh says:

    Thanks, Ed!

  20. shivi maharajh says:

    Deo juvente should never have been excluded from the July field. certainly the best horses are not running.samurai blade vs deo juvente. Probabily 1 to 10 on dj….

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