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July Crowd Pleaser!

Normandy bred Captain Al colt shows the way

2017 Vodacom Durban July

A cracking start-to-finish effort from Cup Trial runner-up Crowd Pleaser opened the July day feature programme at Greyville on Saturday  when the smart Captain Al 3yo Crowd Pleaser won the R500 000 Gr2 Betting World 2200 in style.

The traditional July Consolation attracted a smaller field than usual, but the contest was wide open.

Keagan De Melo steers Crowd Pleaser to an easy win

Crowd Pleaser was one of two 3yo’s in the ten horse line up and he showed his progressive ability with a smooth win from gun to tap under Keagan De Melo. He was the second winner in three races on the afternoon for trainer Johan Janse van Vuuren and the Wernars family.

Turning for home, De Melo let the colt stride off his easy lead and he was never under pressure, drawing away to beat the fast-finishing Royal Badge by 2 lengths in a time of 132,65 secs. The run confirmed his excellent Cup Trial second when he finished in front of July fancy Black Arthur as no fluke!

The gallant mare Trophy Wife came on late after a slow start to get third.

Trainer Johan Janse van Vuuren said that Crowd Pleaser’s racing style was admirably suited to the Greyville track. He would possibly be gelded and rested and then taken to Cape Town for the summer.

A R400 000 Cape Premier Yearling Sale graduate, Crowd Pleaser was bred by Normandy Stud and is a son of Captain Al(Al Mufti) out of the USA-bred one-time winner Happy Jean (Charismatic).

He has won 4 races with 5 places from 14 starts and took his earnings to R638 250.


Gr3 Betting World 2200  (SAf-Gr3)

Greyville, South Africa, July 1, R500k, 2200m, turf, good, 2.12.65

1 – CROWD PLEASER (SAF), 54.0, b c 3, Captain Al (SAF) – Happy Jean  by Charismatic (USA). Owner Messrs J F & L M F Wernars & Mrs T J Wernars; Breeder Normandy Stud; trainer JJ v Vuuren; jockey K De Melo
2 – Royal Badge (SAF), 56.0, b g 4, Go Deputy (USA) – So Royal (SAF) by Kahir Almaydan (IRE)
3 – Trophy Wife (SAF), 58.0, b m 5, Tiger Ridge (USA) – My Squeeza (SAF) by Goldmark (SAF)
Margins: 2.00, 1.00, 0.25

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9 comments on “July Crowd Pleaser!

  1. Dave says:

    The operation of Tabonline is certainly not a crowd pleaser

    1. Graham Hurlstone-Jones says:

      Weeks of studying wasted. The biggest day of the year and not one bet laid online until race 9 if you were lucky. This happened the morning of the Sunmet as well. How wrong can you get it. The commentators were quite happy to tell punters that there are long queues and lots of congestion like it was a good thing…….No it wasn’t. It was another sorry saga to add to all the others over the last few months and on VDJ day. Once again I mention the restaurant with bad service, one day it will be empty. Fantastic wins for Marinesco and Bela Bela well done to the older guns !!

  2. Pmb says:

    Very impressive display and considering he loafed the last 100 his time was not and at all compared to the July finish where they were ( in one case overly) hard ridden. Definitely up there with the best 3 yo performances this season although not the toughest field .

  3. Ryan reddy says:

    Plz guys..forget abt darryl maree and v moodleys tips…they said silver class..crowd pleaser and Al Mariachi couldnt win..do they work for bookmakers..as for Andrew fortune who told the public at greyville on thursday that he couldnt lose in turf race 2..most useless jockey ever..very disappointed..will never listen to them again

    1. Editor says:

      Surely their selections given in good faith, Ryan?

    2. Vj says:

      Yu right it’s all about them to get the punter to make the pools bigger @they Get more commission

  4. gavin says:

    vee moodley put the punters off theese horses… he should never be invited backm to club tab

  5. Mahen says:

    my opinion is that racing personalities should share mainly what the trainers say about their horses by doing their homework in contacting them on these panel discussions and give suggestions on what to they would be taking and we as punters should sift information from this for our bets. The Centenary was a good bet and it wasn’t Mike’s fault that it ran so handy and faded. It would have won had it been held up for its run.
    None of the panelist said that Al Mariachi would not win. the draw was a concern and they gave alternatives.

  6. Gary says:

    Crowd pleaser to beat the triple crown victor …. Summer cup 2017… De Kock third…

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