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‘Expensive To Raid PE’ – Candice Bass-Robinson

Slight improvement in runners for Durbanville Saturday

Durbanville field numbers see a marginal improvement this coming Saturday with 77 runners carded for the eight races.

Michael Clower reports on www.goldcircle.co.za that the Fillies Maiden Juvenile had received  just six entries and the Fillies Maiden only nine.

The National Racing Bureau issued a warning that these races could be cancelled if the numbers declared fell below six and eight respectively.

Candice Bass-Robinson (Pic – Chase Liebenberg Photography)

This comes after Western Cape trainers hit back on Saturday at suggestions that they are swamping their Port Elizabeth counterparts with their better class horses and so providing unfair competition in that region.

Cape Town trainers have increased their raiding parties since the Met, largely because there is an average of only one meeting a week in the mother city during February and March, but last Friday’s Fairview fixture was the final straw for a Facebook writer, whose post led to the issue hitting the mainstream.

Justin Snaith and Candice Bass-Robinson each had two winners and Vaughan Marshall one. Alan Greeff (3) and Jacques Strydom were the only locals to get a look in.

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However Mrs Bass-Robinson hit back at the criticism, telling Michael Clower:

“In the UK and in Australia trainers travel their horses all over the place. Indeed they do this in countries round the world so why should we be confined to our own back yard? In any case a little bit of competition is healthy.

“Also it’s not just a matter of putting a horse on a float. It costs R6 000 just for the transport of the horse and then there is the flight for the assistant trainer.”

Justin Snaith fully agreed and pointed to the positive effect Cape Town runners have on Fairview Tote turnover.

Saturday’s Durbanville card is headlined by the R225 000 Klawervlei Farm Sale race brought to you by Betting World, managed only 11 runners.

That’s quite surprising given the fact that over 120 horses were sold on the sale.

Final Field- Klawervlei Farm Sale Stakes
1 7 Captain Yolo 60 0 A K de Melo Paul Reeves
2 11 Golden Tractor 60 0 A C Orffer Brett Crawford
3 3 Immeasurable 60 0 A G Cheyne Sean Tarry
4 5 Path Of Choice 60 0 BA M Byleveld Vaughan Marshall
5 10 Rock The Globe 60 0 A A Domeyer Sean Tarry
6 1 Seventh Express 60 0 A M Winnaar Glen Kotzen
7 9 All About Sophia 57.5 0 A R Khathi Brett Crawford
8 6 Don’t Be Blue 57.5 0 A R Fourie Justin Snaith
9 2 Jaco’s Bubbles 57.5 0 A D Ashby Paul Reeves
10 8 Princess Nicela 57.5 0 A L Mxothwa Piet Botha
11 4 Tahitian Star 57.5 0 A O Noach Harold Crawford
Same Trainer – Not Coupled on Tote
(1,9) (2,7) (3,5)

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10 comments on “‘Expensive To Raid PE’ – Candice Bass-Robinson

  1. Carlos gonsalves says:

    Competition is good. Just increase the stakes in PE

  2. Pops says:

    So the reason why there are only 6 to 8 runners carded for Cape races is because Cape trainers believe a little bit of competition is healthy.
    Well too much competition (14 to 16 runners) must be unhealthy

  3. Brian says:

    Hey Pops, glad you commented. I had far too many pure waters with barley and hops last night so I thought my thinking might be a bit off.

    Competition is healthy but at R 6000 plus an air flight it’s better for the first team to go and play against the under 13’s?

    i seem to remember the competitive spirit was lacking in this years Met as well

  4. Elle says:

    Based on numbers alone, one cannot compare the UK or Australian racing industries to SA. We just don’t have the depth within our industry compared to those racing nations.

    However, there should ideally be a balance between the two ‘issues’.

    Perhaps there should be limits put in place for Cape trainers raiding (I understand this was in place before?), and incentives put in place for PE trainers to boost their ranks/level.
    Likewise, as mentioned above Durbanville should also be utilized more.

  5. Rudi says:

    Stable fees in p.e. are between 7500 to 8000 rand a month. Trainers in the cape are nearly the same or little bit more. Doesnt matter where money stays money. And 70 persent of the horses in p.e. are owned by peole outside p.e. who is the owner of nastional park . P. E. Only own the tail.

  6. Michael Jacobs says:

    Our Cape trainers are probably following the old racing adage- keep yourself in the best company and your horses in the worst! Good for them !

  7. Steve Reid says:

    Good for them I agree. Not so good for their owners who pay 6k for the privilege to race for lesser stakes whilst local races are not supported. Its a bit like shopping at OK and charging Woolworths prices.

  8. Adrian Thurston says:

    To be honest, i think its fair that everyone should race everywhere they feel like, the PE trainers should see this as a way to match their horses with the best that way they can go and raid Cape Town, on both Met and Queens Plate day there were some worthy PE horses taking on and beating the bigger centre counterparts. That being said, it does not make sense to go to PE and leave your backyard with 6/7/8 horse fields, really doesnt make sense, If your back yard cards are choked then i would fully agree to move to different centres.

    JHB trainers are doing it here in KZN, no issue, but in Gauteng you get 13 horse fields on average, which is good for Gauteng and at the same time KZN

  9. Roderick Mattheyse says:

    iCan anybody please help me, is there a special on Haavianas flip flops – but they are not good for a kick up the bum

  10. Kenny M says:

    The reason cape horse raid and win races in PE is because of their superior quality therefore the handicapper should equalize the chances of all entrants in the race.

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