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JR Grabs The Million

Great ride by Marco van Rensburg

While the Vodacom Durban July draw may not have gone according to plan, top trainer Joey Ramsden enjoyed a welcome change of fortune with his well-travelled Morning Catch showing superior fitness under an inspired Marco van Rensburg to win the KZN Breeders Million Mile at Hollywoodbets Greyville on Saturday.

Ramsden has reinvented his operational policies in recent years and Morning Catch (20-1) came into this race out of his successful Gauteng satellite yard and following an eight week break.

The non black-type feature is restricted to KwaZulu-Natal bred 3-year-olds and older, registered as KwaZulu-Natal bred in terms of the Gold Circle Racing and Gaming Group Thoroughbred Breeder, Stallion and Owner Premium scheme.

The Sultans Bazaar (Keagan De Melo) and Morning Catch (Marco van Rensburg) go head to head (Pic – Candiese Marnewick)

The race was framed at weight-for-age plus penalties, with the 89-rated Morning Catch lumbering 58kgs – and thus having it all to do on paper against some of his more illustrious opponents.

But Marco van Rensburg rode a confident race, taking Morning Catch up to lead early at a modest gallop from recent Gr1 placer Unagi, with Forthelastime loping along in third.

Turning for home, Anton Marcus powered Unagi up and the Gauteng-based 5yo went past Morning Catch, as Keagan de Melo set the Dean Kannemeyer-trained 3yo The Sultans Bazaar alight from near the rear.

With Morning Catch coming right back to head the fading Unagi, The Sultans Bazaar came with a sustained effort.

At the line, a photo was needed to split the duo, with Morning Catch gaining the verdict by a nose in a time of 97,74 secs.

Recent Post Merchants runner-up Wynkelder came out of the pack late to grab third a further 0,90 lengths back.

Sean Tarry’s topweighted Africa Rising ran fourth.

Joey Ramsden – would have enjoyed the victory today

After a typically slow start, his more fancied stablemate Matador Man had nothing to come in the straight and ran eighth and 4,20 lengths back. He was reported to have pulled up lame.

Bred by Vanashree and Anant Singh, Morning Catch was a first ever winner for his ill-fated Summerhill sire, Await The Dawn, when he won on debut as a 2yo. He was originally part owned by Mayfair Speculators.

The winner is out of the one-time winner Catch The Wind (Jet Master) – a three parts sister to Gr1 Mercury Sprint winner, Fly By Night, from the family of top sprinter, The Eliminator.

Morning Catch sold for R200 000 off the 2016 CTS Emperors Palace Select Yearling Sale and took his earnings to R905 650 with his fourth win and eight places from sixteen starts.

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7 comments on “JR Grabs The Million

  1. Speedyvar says:

    If the two historic KZN racecourses are now named the Hollywoodbets Greyville Racecourse and Hollywoodbets Scottsville Racecourse why does Gold Circle still refer to the racecourse in central Durban as Greyville?
    Where on their publications does Gold Circle,, owner of these racecourses refer to Hollywoodbets Greyville?Not on their online betting site Tabgold,,Tabform not even their official Race Card.

  2. Pops says:

    Why does Gold Circle still refer to the racecourse in central Durban as Greyville? One word .Phumelela.

  3. Steve says:

    Why is this industry so filled with negative conspiracy theorists? Pops and Speedyvar, perhaps try actually having a look at the Gold Circle website before making these comments? The courses are referred to as Hollywoodbets Greyville and Hollywoodbets Scottsville on their website. The official Vodacom Durban July racecard refers to the venue as Hollywoodbets Greyville. This sponsorship was announced on Thursday and it may take time for every reference to these courses to be converted, however I can assure you that your conspiracy theories are misplaced in this instance. Take this for what it is. A massive injection and commitment by Hollywoodbets into the Horseracing Industry in KZN. It is positive for KZN Racing and hopefully for the whole Horseracing Industry in SA.

  4. Pops says:

    OK Steve lets look at this conspiracy theorists thingy.Will only look at Gold Circles online race card for July day 2019 after Greyville racecourse was rebranded Hollywoodbets Greyville.
    Check the name of the first race,
    Second Race name
    Ninth Race name
    Race 11 name
    Race 12 Name
    Steve,Hollywoodsbets GREYVILLE BRIGHT FUTURE? One has to ask why was Hollywoodsbets not printed in all capitals like GATEWAY THEATRE OF SHOPPING that came on board about the same time as Hollywoodbets
    Printing errors or Phumelela?

  5. Pops says:

    Steve, just to push this thingy,you will notice the third race name is printed BETTING WORLD 2200 and not Betting World 2200 like Hollywoodbets
    Could it be because all these publications carry this small notice which reads COPYRIGHT: Phumelela Gold Enterprises
    Off to my FLAT EARTH MEMBERS meeting.

  6. Cecil Pienaar says:

    My understanding is Hollywoodbets have the naming rights for the actual race courses. I suppose and the Odd race sponsored (as well) into the future

    It’ll take a few days to complete the re-branding as deal very recent. The race card purchased on course with the announcement has got the new colorful shades on it.

    I look fwd to the Hollywoodbets Scottsville tunnel, their colors are bright and catchy

    As for the Capital spelling, that is their Logo. I worked most my working life for a Big Company starting with a U, and the rest small letters. Supplied clothing with Logo were strictly controlled

    Anyways, my humble opinion – This is GOOD for KZN racing.

    PS – I note DSTV is sponsoring Race 4
    Q – I wonder if Steve Hofmeyer would be allowed to bet on this race?

    William, maybe that’s why he hasn’t joined our P6 yet



    Oh Goodness Cecil !

    No, he has joined….and his banker is nogal in Race 4 – Ballad of The Sea

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