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July ‘Dark Horse’ To The Fore Today?

Only three July entries run

The traditional Gauteng hosted last chance saloon for the Vodacom Durban July, the R250 000 Gr3 Jubilee Handicap, provides the winner with a ‘preferential consideration’ passport to the big race.

Only three of the twelve carded runners for today’s headline handicap on the eight-race programme on the Turffontein standside track are entered for the July.

Hero’s Honour and Barahin are at 14 and 15 position respectively on the big race standings published at 13h00 last Monday, while The Dazzler is lurking in the no-man’s land ‘dirty dozen’ fringe group.

So there is plenty to play for.

Hero’s Honour – has proven versatile (Pic – JC Photos)

Last season’s surprise SA Derby winner, the lightly raced Hero’s Honour has shown his versatility, winning 2 of his subsequent 5 starts at a mile. The son of Await The Dawn could play himself into contention for the July by reinforcing his log standing with a big effort.

The De Kock duo of The Dazzler and the 3yo Barahin are both capable of a big effort.

Lightly tried Barahin – could stake a July claim today (Pic – Gold Circle)

A top-class 2yo, Barahin – once mentioned as a De Kock July Dark Horse – has been well beaten – albeit placed – in the Gauteng Guineas and the SA Classic this year and gets the services of Anton Marcus. While he has some improvement to make against the older horses, he must have an outstanding chance if finding his feet under Anton Marcus.

Stablemate The Dazzler chased the improved Divine Odyssey home in the Drum Star and the Colorado King Stakes and the consistent son of Mogok needs a big win to endorse his July involvement.

Top man Sean Tarry – saddles a trio

One of three Tarry runners, Captain And Master tries further again after returning from a quiet KZN campaign – where his best was a second cheque behind Cup Trial runner and subsequent Byerley Turk winner, Tristful.

Declared without blinkers after winning his last two wearing them, Stuart Pettigrew’s Soldier On is a  useful son of Brave Tin Soldier, who boasts an impressive 6 victories from his 14 starts.

The Azzie’s Dynasty filly Flying Fable has been well beaten at feature level against her own sex at her last two stats and looks to have some ground to make up to be competitive here.

Her former stablemate Arctica is yet to click for his new yard and looks unlikely to trouble the top few on current form.

Recent shock Syringa Handicap winner Being Fabulous gets the blinkers removed after responding to a change of riding tactics from a wide draw when clinching her first stakes win. She carries a handy 52kgs galloping weight.

Being Fabulous wins the Syringa – she carries a handy galloping weight today (Pic – JC Photos)

All of Shenanigans, Infamous Fox (his favourite jockey MJ Byleveld travels up from the Cape to ride him again!) and the Tarry 3yo Royal Italian would have chances on their best form.

The staying sort Banner Hill has his second run after a long rest.

Hero’s Honour and Barahin look the likely duo to slug this out. Beyond them, The Dazzler and Soldier On are worthy of inclusion in exotics.

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4 comments on “July ‘Dark Horse’ To The Fore Today?


    The most refreshing aspect about today’s Jubillee was the solid pace from the start to the end.

    it was good to see Shenanigans is back on track. Well done to Barahin.

    Now, all of a sudden, Hollywoodbets shortens Barahin into 11/2 ? …oh please.


    Mr. Heffer, I’ll only be too happy to buy your staff about R 8 500 worth of Kentucky Fried Chicken if Barahin wins the July.

    In turn, you would need to undertake to donation about R1 044.17 to several of our local waste management executives, in Cape Town, who courier our rubbish to various destinations, this pledge if Barahin losses or doesn’t line up in this years July.

  3. Cecil Pienaar says:

    Hello William. Eish, Barahin was your early July horse, long before it was called MdK’s July horse

    Maybe you should cover your offer off 32 buckets with a bet, but wait, the 11/2 will drift…

    LoL, your KFC offer makes me think of that silly Robbie Wessels song, O die hoender Kentucky fry


    Hi, yes, late February when MDK racing kindly responded to my inquiry about Barahin’s future, I backed Him.

    The De Kock stable said he was been prepared for the Jo’burg triple crown races and then it would be wait and see.

    I thought he would be the Toast of the Town in the Triple Crown races but I was way off.

    What interests me now is that prior to Mr. de Kock thoughts on Monday nite, I’ve always viewed Barahin as a somewhat difficult ride. The Greyville race (on the bend), and the Joburg runs. He looks like he hasn’t his mind on the job, about 500 to 600m out.

    On the other hand, Mr.de Kock feels that Barahin is mentality more advanced than Hawwaam.

    We’ll that’s the intrigue about THE HORSE.

    Cecil I’m still luke warm about Barahin… like a Cape papsnoek

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