Are We Ready

Game Performance

Arlington 23rd September: Favourite backers got off to a nice start in Port Elizabeth on Friday when CELTIC POWER did the business in the opening maiden event over 1200m. Soon up handy, Yvette Bremner’s charge raced prominent throughout. He was ridden to lead as they approached the 200m marker and kept on strongly in the closing stages of the race to beat the unfancied DELAWARE by two and a quarter.

DE LA DANZA had caught the eye running on strongly when making his debut in the Eastern Cape over a trip well short of his best last time out and so it was no surprise to see him find the winner’s enclosure in the MR71 affair over 1600m. On leaving the stalls it was C’MON INDY who elected to make the running whilst in a strung out field De La Danza raced some six lengths away in fifth. MIDNIGHT BET was the first to make a move in the straight and on striking the front 150m from home, he looked to have done everything right. De La Danza finished best of all at the business end of the race though and under a well judged ride from Alec Forbes he got up late to score by three quarters. Nine months ago De La Danza was rated 15 points higher in the handicap than he was today. He should still be very well handicapped next time out.

The non black type Walmer Handicap over 1800m topped the bill and here victory went to the Jallad mare FLIGHTY’S LAST. Initially priced up favourite at 18/10, Justin Snaith’s charge was allowed to ease a little on course (out to 22/10) as money came for the East Cape Oaks winner SAMMY JO (22/10 into 19/10). Taken straight to the front by Richard Fourie, Flighty’s Last led throughout. She kept on strongly in the short home straight and although the easy to back ROYAL WAGER did make some headway in the latter stages of the race, she went on to score comfortably without any anxious moments.

Race seven on the card was a MR90 Handicap over 1600m and here we saw another comfortable victory for the 6yo TIK TAK TOE. A fluent winner of his only previous start since relocating to the Eastern Cape, Barry Steenkamp’s charge raced prominent throughout. He was asked to take up the running going through the 300m and with the rest well beaten, he comfortably accounted for TATANKWA by a length and a quarter. Tik Tak Toe won well again and completion of the hat trick must be a strong possibility if kept in similar company next time.

Titbits

Newcomer COSY FAN TUTI was running on nicely at the finish when third in the maiden event won by Celtic Power.

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Unbeaten Records

Vaal 24th September: The first of the seven feature events to be run at the Vaal’s sand track on Saturday was the non-black type Sophomore Fillies 1000 and here victory went to the Count Dubois filly KINEMATIC COUNTESS (37). Not the quickest into stride, Roy Magner’s charge raced in the rear during the early part of the race. Undeterred though, Gavin Lerena steadily worked her into contention and under a well judged ride she got up late to deny the front running FLAME FIGHTER.

Victorious in the listed Hampton Handicap over 1000m was the Natal raider FURIOUS DANCER (82). A winner of his only previous start at this circuit, Kom Naidoo’s charge raced close up in second for most of the journey. He ran on strongly at the business end of the race and although the pacemaker RENEGADE kept on determinedly after being headed, he went on to score quite comfortably by a length.

Africa’s richest race on sand the Gr2 Emerald Cup over 1450m topped the bill and here we saw another smart performance from the recent Gr3 August Stakes winner THE MOUSEKETEER (82). Allowed to drift alarmingly at the track (33/10 fav out to 13/2), Sean Tarry’s charge broke well from his favourable draw and was soon up handy. He was ridden to lead shortly after passing the 300m marker and although the nibbled at EASTERN COBBLER (12/1 into 9/1) ran on stoutly in the closing stages of the race, he went on to win without any anxious moments. The Mouseketeer is now unbeaten in two starts at this circuit.

Another to win well after being successful in his only previous outing at this track last time out was FOLLOW THE PIPER (74) in the listed Emerald Fillies Handicap over 1450m. Usually one to race up with the speed, Sean Tarry’s charge hadn’t been allotted the best of the draw and as a result she raced in midfield early on. Once in the long home straight though, she ran on best of all and after striking the front 300m from home, she easily drew clear.

Titbits

Although never a threat to the first three, Top Weight SAYADAW was again making up ground quickly at the finish when fourth in the Emerald Cup.

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Sun Still Shining

Durbanville 24th September: A maiden event over 1000m got proceedings underway at the country course on Saturday and here victory went to the Mike Bass trained AFRICAN AIRWAYS. On leaving the stalls it was the well supported favourite SPRINGTIME FLAME (15/10 into 12/10) who somewhat predictably made the running whilst African Airways raced close up in second. She was ridden to lead as they approached the 200m marker and kept on strongly late to beat WINTER HEART by a length.

The most impressive performance in the maiden ranks on this card was undoubtedly that of JACKSON who came home smoking in the 1600m event. Well supported (22/10 into 15/10), as indeed he was when a little disappointing in his only previous start, Jackson was soon up handy. He was asked to take up the running shortly after passing the 300m marker and with a ton in hand he easily accounted for SHISHANGENI by four and a quarter.

The afternoon’s feature event was the listed Settler’s Trophy run over 2400m and here it was nice to see the veteran SUN CITY gain a seventh career victory. Usually one to run on stoutly from off the pace, Sun City was once again in the rear as the fourteen runners turned for home. Once in the straight though he quickened well and under a well judged ride from M J Byleveld, he got up late to beat the running on IN WRITING by a length.

A novice event over 1400m was next up and here we saw another smart performance from the highly regarded LIANCOURT ROCK. Always in the red, Dean Kannemeyer’s charge raced fourth for most of the journey. He didn’t get the clearest of runs against the inside running rail and only really began to find his stride after striking the front close home. He’s now won both of his starts to date in good fashion and is clearly one to keep tabs on.

Titbits

Beaten less than half a length in the maiden event over 1400m, lightly raced LOFTY LARNA had to switch twice before getting up late to take third.

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Top speedratings for this weekend include:-

Flamingo Park
Race 1: No Qualifiers
Race 2: (7) Jupiter Symphony 32
Race 3: No Qualifiers
Race 4: (10) Fortification 10
Race 5: No Qualifiers
Race 6: (10) Magic Mirror24
Race 7: (10 Cool Your Jets 32
Race 8: (2) Sir Newton 16 (NAP*)
Race 9: (5) Starshadow 40
Vaal (Tues)
Race 1: (1) Saint John Bosco 16 (NAP*)
Race 2: (1) Fun City 24
Race 3: (6) Express View 12
Race 4: (6) Festival Spirit 57
Race 5: (3) Enchanted Kingdom 72
Race 6: (8) Prime Mover 80
Race 7: (3) Restraint 34
Race 8: (8) Comission Due 55
Greyville
Race 1: (13) Pirate Queen 21
Race 2: No qualifiers
Race 3: (1) Mr Gigilo 26
Race 4: (1) Miesque’s Star 19
Race 5: (1) Roman Wall 73
Race 6: (13) Modern Royal 46
Race 7: (1) Stellar Season 61
Race 8: (3) Buragh 73
Race 9: (2) Ampere 49
Durbanville
Race 1: (2) Kabool’s Angel 8
Race 2: (1) Falling Blossom 10
Race 3: (2) Dupont Circle 16
Race 4: (8) Bois De Var 74
Race 5: (2) Howdoulikemenow 66
Race 6: (5) Right And Ready 71 (NAP*)
Race 7: (4) Another Giant 53
Race 8: (15) Hawaiian Jet 49
Race 9: (3) Mozart Memorial 8
Vaal (Thur)
Race 1: (12) Call The Challenge 18 (NAP*)
Race 2: No Qualifiers
Race 3: (4) Bermuda Winter 55
Race 4: (2) Checklist 59
Race 5: (6) Hot Tip 38
Race 6: (3) Delightful Diva 64
Race 7: (6) As Time Goes On 42
Race 8: (7) Sword Of Truth 11

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Top rated winners last week included

Meriden won 9/2
Audit Report won 4/1
Bandol won 4/1
Cabo Wabo won 33/10
Rosehip won 33/10
Sovereign Empire won 3/1
Ruby Cartel won 16/10
Daintree Dancer won 13/20

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Notebook:-

De La Danza (A Greeff, E-Cape)
Jackson (B Crawford, W-Cape)
Liancourt Rock (D Kannemeyer, W-Cape)

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FASTEST TIMES

(Shown in brackets is the number of races run in each category)
Arlington 23rd September
Fastest Sprint 1000-1300 (2)   Rosette
Fastest Middle 1400-1800 (6)  Tik Tak Toe    
Fastest Long 1900-3600 (0)     No Qualifiers   

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Vaal 24th September
Fastest Sprint 1000-1300 (4)   Flowers Of Spring
Fastest Middle 1400-1800 (6)  The Mouseketeer
Fastest Long 1900-3600 (0)     No Qualifiers   

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Durbanville 24th September
Fastest Sprint 1000-1300 (4)   Comtesse Dubois        
Fastest Middle 1400-1800 (4)  Liancourt Rock            
Fastest Long 1900-3600 (1)     Sun City

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