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Milnerton Holds Edge Over Summerveld

Big plans for SA Champions Season

Milnerton-based Adam Marcus has a string at Summerveld for the SA Champions Season which is currently scheduled to get underway on 1 May at Hollywoodbets Greyville.

Marcus recently told Michael Clower that despite Summerveld’s variety of gallops and training tracks, he slightly prefers his Milnerton home base.

Des Gonsalves, Craig Zackey and Adam enjoy the Gr1 Cape Fillies Guineas moment with Missisippi Burning (Pic – Chase Liebenberg)

“Summerveld is more spacious and the stables are nice but I feel that at Milnerton you can maintain horses at their top level for longer. With the sea breeze and the Cape Town climate they seems to thrive. But if we win one of the big ones I am sure I will like Summerveld just as much!”

Marcus’ little bay Missisippi Burning, who has not raced since springing a 22-1 shock in the WSB Cape Fillies Guineas more than three months ago, pleased her trainer when partnered by Craig Zackey in a spin at Summerveld recently.

Marcus said: “She travelled to Durban exceptionally well. She is not a big filly so she doesn’t need that much work – it’s just a case of keeping her happy and so far all has gone according to plan.”

“One of her main aims is the WSB Fillies Guineas on May 1.”

With the current lockdown, a planned prep for the daughter of Captain Al in the Umzimkhulu Stakes on 5 April will not happen.

Vardy – we hope to see him debut for the season in the Drill Hall on 1 May (Pic – Chase Liebenberg)

Vardy, winner of the WSB Green Point and L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate but badly hampered when only sixth in the Sun Met, remains on course to start his Durban campaign in the Independent on Saturday Drill Hall on May 1.

However last year’s Vodacom Durban July third Twist Of Fate will now take a different road towards the big one.

Marcus explained: “He is a horse who gives his all and I feel that three hard runs prior to the July could set him back. I want to freshen him up, and have him happy and confident, so he will probably go on a route away from the weight-for-age races.”


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3 comments on “Milnerton Holds Edge Over Summerveld

  1. Lynton Ryan says:

    Missississipi Burning has proved to be controversial from day one. After an unbeaten run she spread eagled the Fillies Guineas field to many peoples surprise, though her pedigree and racing style indicated this could be her distance. There were claims about who and how her Dam was chosen and how the mating was arranged, a crowded bandwagon some would say.
    She heads to Summerveld for the season, according to the article in Sporting Post, became a chameleon and changed her colour from bay to grey. If that wasn’t enough she found a new father, Querari.
    Fact is she is by Captain Al, the legend, and well done to Mike McCardy at Rathmore who chose the Dam and arranged the mating.

    1. Editor says:

      Thanks Lynton
      You are 100% correct

  2. George Spelvin says:

    Lynton Ryan’s manner of telling the editor he got the breeding wrong in his article equates to the angst I feel listening to bloodstock and pedigree gurus. I am reminded of this passage from Mordaunt Milner’s Racing and Breeding.

    “Anyone who thinks that one can breed a champion by sitting down with a split pedigree book to find an ideal mating on inbreeding and crosses of this and that just isn’t in touch with reality. Every great horse is (by definition) a rarity whose superior genetic make up is the result of a statistically improbable accident. You may hope for and solicit such accidents, nothing more.”

    This insight from the very modest Phil Bull..

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