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Soma Cautions On Summer Cup

Thumbs up for transparency from the veteran!

Veteran trainer Joey Soma has admirably cautioned the betting public that his multiple Equus Champion Got The Greenlight is a doubtful runner in the Gr1 Summer Cup to be run at Turffontein on 28 November.

The multiple Gr1 winning horseman enjoyed a vintage last season with the horse considered by many unlucky not to have not been crowned SA Horse Of The Year.

Deez Dayanand and Joey lead Got The Greenlight (Bernard Fayd’herbe) in after the Daily News (Pic – Candiese Lenferna)

A gallant runner-up behind Belgarion in the Vodacom Durban July in his final run as a 3yo, the son of Gimmethegreenlight is in the 49 strong Summer Cup entry list received on Wednesday 23 September.

At the projected ante-post weights, Got The Greenlight would have to concede 3,5kgs to SA Triple Tiara star and SA Horse Of The Year, Summer Pudding.

In a typically transparent show of good faith, Joey Soma told the Sporting Post on Friday that it was ‘virtually 90%’ that his charge would miss the big Gauteng handicap and be aimed rather at weight-for-age races.

“We entered him for the Summer Cup as we need to keep our options open. But it’s a handicap, and we have little to gain by racing him under unfavourable conditions. There are weight-for-age races that present far better opportunities going ahead. We have programmed his races with due care as he is a very valuable and special horse,” he added, saying that, while nothing was cast in stone, he would prefer the punting public be cautioned and understand that the position was very fluid.

He told the Sporting Post recently that depending on progress on the export protocol front, he has his sights set on a possible tilt at the HK$ 25 Million FWD Queen Elizabeth II Cup at Sha Tin on 25 April 2021. Alternatively, the L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate and the Met may be targets.

The first Summer Cup log was due out today – 25 September – but has not been seen by us.

Our handicappers have projected the weights on the schedule below  – the Hollywoodbets ante-post betting is shown in the final column. It is subject to change.

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GAUTENG SUMMER CUP (Grade 1)
Got The Greenlight (4C) 0.5 60 124 AT Joe Soma 28/10
Tierra Del Fuego (5H) 60 123 A Sean Tarry 14/1
Queen Supreme (IRE) (5M) 59.5 122 A Mike de Kock 25/2
Zillzaal (5G) 58.5 120 AT Sean Tarry 14/1
Divine Odyssey (6G) 57 117 A J A Janse van Vuuren 25/1
Ronnie’s Candy (5M) 57 117 BAT St John Gray 40/1
Summer Pudding (4F) 0.5 56.5 117 A Paul Peter 5/2
Green Haze (5G) 56.5 116 BA Alec Laird 40/1
Atyaab (AUS) (5G) 56 115 BA Zietsman Oosthuizen 66/1
Running Brave (5M) 55.5 114 A Paul Matchett 25/1
Youcanthurrylove (4G) 0.5 55 114 A Fabian Habib 16/1
Hero’s Honour (6G) 54.5 112 A Gary Alexander 33/1
Tristful (5G) 54.5 112 A Tony Rivalland 33/1
Like A Panther (6G) 53.5 110 BA Mike de Kock 33/1
Chitengo (5M) 53.5 110 BA Alec Laird 40/1
Dawn Assault (7H) 53.5 110 BAT St John Gray 50/1
Crown Towers (AUS) (5G) 53 109 A Justin Snaith 20/1
Victoria Paige (4F) 0.5 53 110 A M Sean Tarry 20/1
Pack Leader (6G) 53 109 A Alec Laird 40/1
Charles (5G) 52.5 108 A Mike de Kock 25/2
Ballet Shoes (4F) 0.5 52.5 109 A Candice Dawson 40/1
Tilbury Fort (7G) 52 107 BAT Sean Tarry 50/1
Factor Fifty (5M) 52 107 BA David Nieuwenhuizen 66/1
Imperial Ruby (4G) 0.5 51.5 107 A Corne Spies 66/1
D’ Arrivee (6G) 50.5 104 A Candice Dawson 66/1
Keep Smiling (4F) 0.5 50.5 105 AT Sean Tarry 66/1
Orpheus (6G) 50.5 104 AT M G Azzie/A A Azzie 66/1
Dark Moon Rising (7G) 50 103 AT Paul Lafferty 66/1
Cash Time (6G) 50 103 A Ashley Fortune 100/1
Snow Palace (4F) 0.5 50 104 A Corne Spies 100/1
Sunshine Silk (6M) 50 103 A David Nieuwenhuizen 100/1
Full Mast (6G) 49.5 102 BA M G Azzie/A A Azzie 80/1
Cornish Pomodoro (4G) 0.5 49 102 AT Sean Tarry 66/1
ExpressFromTheUS (4G) 0.5 48.5 101 A Stuart Pettigrew 40/1
Western Fort (4G) 0.5 48.5 101 CA Paul Peter 66/1
Alibi Guy (4G) 0.5 47 98 A Mike de Kock 66/1
Tree Tumbo (4G) 0.5 46.5 97 A Sean Tarry 100/1
Seven Patriots (4G) 0.5 46 96 A M G Azzie/A A Azzie 66/1
Shenanigans (7G) 46 95 BAT Sean Tarry 80/1
Christopher Robin (4C) 0.5 46 96 AT St John Gray 100/1
Master Supreme (4G) 0.5 45.5 95 CA Candice Dawson 100/1
Dance Class (4F) 0.5 44 92 A St John Gray 20/1
Akwaan (AUS) (4G) 0.5 44 92 BA Mike de Kock 40/1
Sworder Street (4G) 0.5 44 92 A Paul Peter 150/1
Category Four (5G) 41.5 86 BA Grant Maroun 150/1
Hellofaride (4G) 0.5 40.5 85 A Mike de Kock 150/1
Nebraas (4C) 0.5 40 84 A Sean Tarry 150/1
African Adventure (5G) 39 81 BAT Joe Soma 150/1
Our Coys (AUS) (6G) 38 79 BA Joe Soma 150/1
  • Second entries close at 11h00 on Monday 2 November.
  • Weights will be published on the same day.
  • Final Entries close at11h00 on Monday 16 November.
  • Declarations are due by 11h00 on Tuesday 17 November 2020

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7 comments on “Soma Cautions On Summer Cup

  1. PL.NEL says:

    Even with 3,5kg advantage GTG would smash SP. Their times on Daily News day proofs this. Can’t wait for a match race between these 2,,, but I smell feathers, lol

  2. Tony Mincione says:

    All fans of ante-post betting (which is half the fun of big Thoroughbred defining races) should be grateful there are still some thoughtful players in the game.

    Good on Joey Soma, never one to be shy of the big gestures! These are the things that go a long, long way.

  3. Frankie says:

    Frankie Zackey…Talk about transparency,, well done Joe Soma….it’s absolute disgrace that we the punters are left in the dark far too often…where’s the transparency about draws taking place for this year’s Summer Cup,,the build up to this year’s cup sucks so far,, punters look so forward to draws taking place along public gallops…shame on you talk about improving racing,,wake up school kids

  4. Graham HJ says:

    The rush for export begins……..it was all about that, always. It took longer than the thought but they will now rake in the rewards now that the punter has kept them going……

  5. Frankie says:

    Frankie Zackey….
    Jonnie Clifford you were obviously asked to post something crazy about this article,,

  6. Frankie says:

    Frankie Zackey…so it’s a bit of both Clifford?

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