Need For Speed

Magnificent Seven


Fairview 12th May: First up on Sunday was a maiden juvenile plate over 1000m and here we saw a much improved performance from the Justin Snaith trained VOICE OF KINGS. The first of seven winners on the ten race program for trainer Justin Snaith, the 25/1 shot raced in midfield during the early part of the race. He quickened up nicely going through halfway and won well and after striking the front 100m from home.

Four of the afternoons’ events were run over 1400m and the fastest of these was the MR74 Handicap won by RIVERET. Freely available at 28/1 on the off, the daughter of Surging River also came from midfield. She ran on stoutly at the business end of the race and got up very late to deny the well supported favourite SUNSET GIRL.

The easiest victory on the card was registered by the Western Cape raider M’LORDS THROAT in the MR102 Handicap over 1800m. Backed throughout the afternoon into 9/10 from 2/1, Justin Snaith’s charge was guarding the rear as the nine runners turned for home. Once in the long Fairview straight though the son of Silvano soon began to make headway.  He struck the front going through the 300m and with a ton in hand he went on to score by a length and three quarters.

The Gr3 East Cape Derby topped the bill and here victory went to the Jet Master colt TRUE MASTER. Sent off a well supported favourite at 16/10, True Master also came from the rear. He finished best of all and comfortably accounted for NEARCTIC DANCER by a length and a quarter.


Positioned in the rear turning for home, HEAVENLY FLIGHT didn’t find the clearest of passages in the straight and was flying at the finish when third to Bonnard (who also finished well) in the MR70 Handicap over 1600m.

DORIS DUKE also found traffic problems before running on stoutly to take second position, beaten just a neck, in the MR71 Handicap over 1400m.



Smart Turn Of Foot


Kenilworth 14th May: Favourite backers got off to a nice start in Cape Town on Tuesday when DARLING MOON did the business in the opening maiden juvenile event over 1200m. Backed into 12/10 from 18/10 at the track, the daughter of Indigo Magic was soon up handy. She was ridden to lead as they approached the 200m pole and comfortably accounted for WET AUTUMN MIST by two.

Another to win well in the maiden ranks was MARIA’S DAUGHTER when getting off the mark in the 1000m event. Positioned in midfield early on, Riaan Van Reenen’s charge ran on best of all and won going away by three and three quarters.

The not so lucky last was a MR69 Handicap over 1600m and here we saw another smart performance from the lightly raced son of Jallad JOHNNY ROCKETS. Allowed to ease right out to 10/1 from 5’s at the track, Justin Snaith’s charge was at the back when the thirteen runners turned for home. Once given rein though he quickened nicely and won well from the heavily supported favourite BIG CAT (6/1 into 28/10) by a length and a half.


FAIRYINTHEWOODS showed a very nice turn of foot when getting up late to deny the unfancied Queens Music in the MR86 Handicap over 1200m.



On Course


Clairwood 15th May: The first three races at the garden course on Wednesday were all run over 1000m and the fastest of these was the MR74 Handicap for apprentices won by KING’S JET. He got away well when the gates opened and after being taken straight to the front by Bryan Claassen led throughout. He was two and a half lengths clear for most of the journey and although MAJESTIC EMBLEM did make some headway late, he still had three quarters of a length to spare at the wire.

The best bet on the card for most was EARTH’S ORBIT in the graduation plate over 1200m and the 3yo daughter of Captain Al didn’t let down her supporters. Yet another winner for the in form stable of Justin Snaith, Earth’s Orbit lost a length at the start, but despite that was always in touch with the leaders. She moved through to take up the running as they approached the 200m marker and went on to score very comfortably from YELLOW CARD. Unfortunately for her connections Yellow Card broke a blood vessel for the second time in this race and will now be suspended for six months.

Another to find plenty of support at the track was WESTERN JET in the MR78 Handicap over 1450m. Sent off a strong favourite at 14/10 (op 22/10), Dean Kannemeyer’s charge raced in midfield for most of the journey. He quickened nicely at the top of the straight and won well after striking the front 200m from home.

A MR86 Handicap over 1800m topped the bill and in what proved to be a real thriller victory here went to the lightly raced son of Strike Smartly ONE COOL DUDE. Skilfully guided over from a wide draw by Alec Forbes, Duncan Howells’ charge was soon up handy. It looked as if he might go on to score comfortably when taking up the running 400m out, but the lightly weighted AIR PATROL ran on strongly in the closing stages of the race and One Cool Dude was all out at the finish in order to score by three quarters.


IRON LADY ran on strongly from midfield when winning the maiden event over 1600m with authority.



Quest For Success


Vaal 16th May: They raced on the inside track on Thursday where we saw a very easy victory in the opening maiden juvenile plate over 1200m for WINTER STAR. Backed all the way in to 22/10 from 7/1 during the morning, the daughter of Solskjaer led from pillar to post. She won with authority by two and a quarter and it could have been considerably more had she not been eased down late.

Not surprisingly run in a faster time than that of Winter Star then was the boys’ division of the maiden juvenile 1200m in which BAH opened his account. After being a little troublesome at the start the son of Daylami sat in midfield during the early part of the race. He quickened well when the race began in earnest 400m out and won going away by three and a half.

Despite racing in open company the 2yo TIGER QUEST was the best bet on the card for most and she did oblige. Deep in the red at 9/20 on the off, Dominic Zaki’s charge made all. She kept up a healthy gallop throughout and only having to be pushed out in the closing stages of the race she comfortably accounted for her only serious rival in the betting market WHITE WHISPER by two and a quarter.

The afternoon’s feature event was a MR90 Handicap over 1800m and in what proved to be a real thriller victory here went to the 3yo PIERNEEF. Content to idle along in the rear for most of the journey the most lightly raced runner in the field quickened well down the long Vaal straight and just had enough in hand to hold off the running on SERISSA after striking the front 270m from home.


After switching out for a run GEM OF DUBAI ran on well from midfield when fourth in the MR76 Handicap over 1000m.

The 3yo VIRGINIA SOUND looked to have some in hand when comfortably accounting for TAWAKUL in the MR76 Handicap over 1800m.



Top speedratings for this weekend include:-


Race 1: (11) Reigning Wind 25
Race 2: (16) Daresay 28
Race 3: (18) Bursary 21
Race 4: (2) Aspen Angle 39
Race 5: (12) Wild Count 54 (EW)
Race 6: (9) Hidden Reserve 53
Race 7: (8) Solo Flight 90
Race 8: (6) Diva Taahirah 54
Race 9: (8) Cash Counter 51
Race 1: (3) Enchanted Silk 10
Race 2: (8) Principled Man 28
Race 3: (1) Let’s Play 21
Race 4: (1) Size Does Count 28
Race 5: (8) Irish Gift 55
Race 6: (14) Goose Valley 79
Race 7: (16) Rodeo Sioux 46
Race 8: (5) Snowdon 98
Race 9: (5) D G’s Boy 70
Race 10: (1) Viva La Vie 21
Race 1: (1) Burrwood 18
Race 2: (12) Balladry 62
Race 3: (5) Excuse My French 66
Race 4: (5) Guantanamera 77
Race 5: (6) My Sanctuary 43
Race 6: (13) Willow Magic 74
Race 7: (2) Welwitschia 99 (EW)
Race 8: (5) Snowdon 98
Race 9: (1) Piano Man 63
Race 1: (1) Slavetotherhythm 12
Race 2: (2) I’m A Rock Star 23
Race 3: (1) Atrums 27
Race 4: (1) Delta Dancer 28 (NAP*)
Race 5: (1) Woosh 14
Race 6: (6) Open My Eyes 56
Race 7: (7) Azaniah 62 (EW)
Race 8: (11) Ashton Park 82 (EW)
Race 9: (6) Captive Action 54


Top rated winners last week included

Adobe Pink won 11/1
Inventive Girl won 7/1
Maria’s Daughter won 5/1
Fairyinthewoods won 26/10
Darling Moon won 12/10
Agatha Panther won 8/10
Tiger Quest won 11/20
Earth’s Orbit won 7/20



Fairyinthewoods (D Hodgson, W-Cape)
Johnny Rockets (J Snaith, W-Cape)



The number of races run over each distance is shown in brackets
*Denotes – Times taken by Clockwatcher


Fairview 12th May
Penetrometer 26 – Going G/Soft
1000m (1) Voices Of Kings                59,93
1400m (4) Riveret                               85,27
1600m (1)  Bonnard                            99,69
1800m (1) M’Lords Throat                 111,32
2000m (2) Showdown             124,15
2400m (1) True Master                       157,76                  


Kenilworth (new) 14th May
Penetrometer 22 – Going Good
1000m (3) Dressed In Cotton              59,34  
1200m (2) Fairyinthewoods                71,70              
1600m (2) Night Trip                          98,43
2500m (1) Legal Trip                          166,57


Clairwood 15th May
Penetrometer 22 – Going Good
1000m (3) King’s Jet                          57,68  
1200m (1) Earth’s Orbit                      70,52  
1450m (1) Western Jet                        87,67
1600m (1) Iron Lady                           99,36  
1800m (2) One Cool Dude                  110,22


Vaal (inside) 16th May
Penetrometer 19 – Going Good
1000m (2) Dazzling Moon                  57,10  
1200m (2) Bah                                    70,40  
1400m (1) Orlando Magic                  83,50
1800m (4) Pierneef                             107,80


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