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It’s Mr Kannemeyer, To You!

Mr Winsome books July berth

Dean Kannemeyer maintained his great record in the Gr3 Track & Ball Derby with his third win in four runnings of the ‘open’ classic.

Dean Kannemeyer – pleasing win for Mr Winsome

The Milnerton/ Summerveld trainer’s Vodacom Durban July supplementary entry Mr Winsome stayed on best at Scottsville on Sunday to beat a mixed bunch and seal his place in the final line-up for Africa’s greatest horseracing event on 1 July.

Mr Winsome’s 2017 July adventure only started a matter of a week earlier when he was supplemented after turning a few heads in the Betting World 1900.

Backed to the exclusion of his seven opponents, the 4yo Silvano gelding confirmed the form of his thundering dead-heat third in the Gr2 Betting World 1900 and will strip a fit horse on the big day.

Anthony Delpech had Mr Winsome relaxed  some five lengths off the gallop set by Helderberg Blue for much of the race, and when asked for his effort 350m out, he responded like the good sort that he is.

Despite Sun On Africa hanging out and making his life difficult in the final stages, Mr Winsome came home the stronger to win without any pressure by a half length in a time of 149,59 secs.

Mr Winsome cruises home under Anthony Delpech to beat Sun On Africa

Sun On Africa ran a game race to hold on for second, 4 lengths ahead of Let It Rain. Recent Gr3 Lonsdale Stirrup Cup winner Captain Splendid was a length back in fourth.

The pacesetter Helderberg Blue faded and was beaten 5,75 lengths, in a strung out field.

A R400 000 Cape Premier Yearling Sale graduate, Mr Winsome has banked R699 450 in his 6 wins and 7 places from his 18 starts. The winner of the Listed 2017 Michael Roberts Handicap was registering his biggest success to date.

Bred by Riverworld Stud, Mr Winsome is by Silvano (Lomitas) out of the versatile Al Sharma (Al Mufti) – who won four races from 1200m to 1900m.

The winner races in the interests of Roy and Gladys Meaker, George Nichas, Bryn Ressell, Barry Zeidel and Victoria Dickerson.

There won’t be a fitter horse lining up on July day. One of two supplementary entries, he may have beaten little of consequence, but the July panel look to have little choice now but to include Mr Winsome.

Don’t miss the big race gallops on Thursday at 07h00. Mr Winsome is likely to make just a cameo appearance after his exertions this afternoon.


Gr3 Track And Ball Derby (SAf-Gr3)

Scottsville, South Africa, June 18, R300k, 2400m, turf, good, 2.29.59

1 – MR WINSOME (SAF), 58.0, b g 4, Silvano (GER) – Al Shama (SAF) by Al Mufti (USA). Owner Messrs R Meaker (Snr), G Nichas, Bryn Ressell & Barry Zeidel & Mesdames G E Meaker & V J Dickerson; Breeder Riverworld Stud; trainer D Kannemeyer; jockey A Delpech
2 – Sun On Africa (SAF), 58.0, b g 5, Seul Amour (NZ) – Sounds Of Africa (SAF) by Rambo Dancer (USA)
3 – Let It Rain (SAF), 58.0, b g 4, Dynasty (SAF) – Gardener’s Delight (USA) by Giant’s Causeway (USA)
Margins: 0.50, 4.00, 0.50

2017 Vodacom Durban July

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  1. Highland Stud has a brilliant advert which says: “Our Best Adverts Aren’t written. They Are Running.” Mr Winsome is a horse that does his talking on the racetrack and not on social media.

    Mr Winsome’s win in the Track and Ball Derby justifies champion trainer Dean Kannermeyer supplementing him for the July and he must now be a shoe-in to be selected. Prior to winning the Derby Mr Winsome dead-heated with It’s My Turn for 3rd position in the Greyville 1900 grade 2. This was despite experiencing traffic problems and running over a distance short of his best. He was giving Elusive Silver 2kgs in the Greyville 1900 and finished 1,25 lengths AHEAD of him. In the Durban July Mr Winsome will be conceding only half a kg to Elusive Silva. That makes him 1,5kg BETTER off with Elusive Silva despite beating him by 1,25 lengths!

    Prior to the Greyville 1900 Mr Winsome beat Serissa in the Pinnacle Stakes over 2400m by 5 lengths, ridden hands and heals by Anthony Delpech. His last 7 runs read: 1st then 2nd then 1st then 2nd then 1st then 3rd then 1st. Compare that to Black Arthur who has had only 5 runs since May 2016 and his record is: 7th then 5th then 7th then 10th then 3rd in the grade 3 Cup Trial. There is simply no comparison between Mr Winsome and Black Arthur.

    The Conglomerate finished 4th last year in the Greyville 1900 and went on to win the July. The year before Power King finished 2nd in the Greyville 1900 and went on to win the big one. So perhaps the Greyville 1900 last month is one that should be noted and studied!!

    In the Greyville 1900 It’s My Turn finished 1,25 ahead of Elusive Silva and in the July will now be 1,5kg BETTER off! It’s My Turn was having his 1st run after a 4 month layoff and is bound to improve. He rates a HUGE runner in the July.

    Ten Gun Salute won the Greyville 1900 finishing 2 lengths ahead of It’s My Turn but now meets It’s My Turn on 2kg worse terms. In terms of the rules of the Greyville 1900 only the winner’s MR can be increased, which might explain why it’s the placed horses in the last 2 years that have gone on to win the July.

    Tilbury Fort finished 2nd, only a half-length ahead of It’s My Turn but will be 3,5kgs worse off in the July. He also appeared to be stopping near the end whilst It’s My Turn was running on.

    Mr Winsome dead-heated with It’s My Turn for 3rd position in the Greyville 1900.
    Whilst Ten Gun Salute ran a perfect race, Mr Winsome had plenty of excuses: He lost 2 lengths at the start, was baulked for a run and had to weave his way through traffic, but he was the fastest finisher in that race. The distance was clearly too short for Mr Winsome and he will definitely prefer the extra 300m in the July. He will now meet It’s My Turn on identical terms and will be 2kgs better off with Ten Gun Salute and 3,5kgs better off with Tilbury Fort. He will be 1,5kg BETTER off with Elusive Silva despite beating him by 1,25 lengths.

    If the trend continues whereby the placed horses in the grade 2 Greyville 1900 go on to win the Durban July, then logic points to this year’s 3rd place finisher winning the big one…..whichever horse that may be.

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