On Principle

Big Prices


Fairview 12th April: Six of the nine winners in Port Elizabeth on Friday were priced up in double figures, amongst them the opening maiden juvenile plate over 1400m in which the newcomer ITS FREEZING opened her account. Freely available at 20/1 on the off, the daughter of Judpot raced in midfield during the early part of the race. She quickened well down the long Fairview straight and with the benefit of first run she went on to beat the faster finishing BOLOGNESE DANCER (55/1) by three quarters.

The only favourite to oblige was LONDON PERFECT in the MR90 Handicap over 1000m. Soon at the head of affairs, Des Mclachlan’s charge held a healthy lead throughout. She was always in command and although the talented top weight RUSSIAN MIG ran on stoutly from off the pace, he went on to score comfortably by a length and a quarter.

The not so lucky last was a MR66 Handicap over 1200m and here victory went to the 33/1 shot QUEST OF SPEED. She got away well when the gates opened and soon up handy raced prominent throughout. She was ridden to lead shortly after passing the 200m marker and comfortably accounted for the 40/1 shot RESERVED EMBLEM by a length and a quarter.


Having her first outing in the province since relocating from KZN, COPY CAT ran on well from the backend of midfield when only beaten a neck in the maiden 1200m.

Running on strongly from midfield, THE SHARK was only beaten 0,6 lengths when third in the MR104 Handicap over 1400m.



Journeyman Off To Flying Start


Turffontein 12th April: They raced on the old stand side track on Friday evening where we saw an impressive performance in the faster of the two juvenile plates over 1160m from the newcomer JOURNEYMAN. Freely available at 5/1 on the off (op 7/2), Mike De Kock’s charge was soon up handy. He was ridden to lead as they approached the 200m marker and won going away by three and three quarters from the well supported favourite BUFFALO BILL.

The Gr1 Laurie Jaffee Empress Club Stakes over 1600m topped the bill and here we saw a gutsy performance from the Cape Town raider THUNDER DANCE. A former winner of the prestigious Gr1 Paddock Stakes at Kenilworth, the Jet Master Filly raced prominent throughout. She was asked to take up the running going through the 400m and kept on strongly in the latter stages of the race to fend off challenges from all of FESTIVAL OF FIRE, HAPPY ARCHER and AMUR AFFAIR.

The faster of the two 1000m events on the card was not surprisingly the pinnacle stakes in which SHARP DESIGN registered his sixth win from just nine starts. Taken straight to the front by Nooresh Juglall, the son of National Emblem led throughout. He ran on stoutly at the business end of the race and despite shifting considerably close home he comfortably accounted for the running on favourite WELWITSCHIA by two.


The 3yo STYLISH BAY won the girls’ maiden event over 2000m very easily by six and a quarter.



Very Highly Regarded


Kenilworth 13th April: The faster of the two listed juvenile features in Cape Town on Saturday was the Somerset 1200m in which the highly regarded RED RAY kept his unbeaten record in tact. Sent off at the prohibitive odds of 1/6, Joey Ramsden’s charge was always positioned close to the speed. It looked as if the friendless SILK ROAD would give Red Ray a run for his money as he moved through to take up the running 200m out, but then hanging badly when the heat was turned on, he couldn’t match strides. Red Ray drew clear easily in the closing stages of the race and has now won all three of his outings in very good style.  

Another hotpot favourite to do the business on this card was BLUERIDGE MOUNTAIN in the progress plate over 1200m. Clearly best in at the weights, the 1/3 favourite sat third early on and was always poised to strike. She did so passing the 300m pole and only having to be ridden with hands and heels by Anton Marcus she won by two and a quarter with plenty in hand.

Race three on the card was a progress plate over 1400m and as with the 1200m event victory here went to the best weighted runner. Usually seen out over further PUNTA ARENAS was positioned at the back of the seven turning for home. Once in the straight though, he ran on best of all and in what proved to be a real thriller he got up late to deny the consistent TERMINATOR.


Beaten just 2,8 lengths in the Gr1 Cape Derby last time out, PATERFAMILIAS ran on strongly late when third in the MR95 Handicap over 1800m.



Capetown’s Ready


Scottsville 13th April: Three of the nine races in Pietermaritzburg on Saturday were run over 1400m and the fastest of these was the bill topping Gr3 Byerley Turk Stakes in which the dual Gr1 winner CAPETOWN NOIR was seeking a hat-trick. Well in at the weights, Dean Kannemeyer’s charge was not surprisingly deep in the red. He was always doing it easily and only having to be pushed out with hands and heels in the closing stages of the race, he easily accounted for the friendless LIVING WITH HEART (5/1 out to 13/1) by a length and three quarters.

Another to win well in Gr3 company on this card was JET SUPREME in the Umzimkhulu Stakes. Positioned in third alongside the heavily supported favourite IZORA (14/10 into 11/20) turning for home, Justin Snaith’s charge quickened well at the top of the straight and after quickly skating clear, she went on to score in good style by three and a quarter.

The easiest victory in the maiden ranks was that of the lightly raced ONE COOL DUDE in winning the 1600m event. Knocked off the top of the boards by the well supported FATHER TED (3/1 into 16/10), One Cool Dude was always handy. He was ridden to lead going through the 400m and drew clear easily in the closing stages of the race to win by four and a quarter.


Up with the speed throughout, the newcomer GARIBONDY won the girl’s maiden event over 1000m very easily by three.



Top speedratings for this weekend include:-


Flamingo Park
Race 1: (5) La Flamme 12
Race 2: (13) Spanish Victory 20
Race 3: (2) Richard’s Grace 25 (NAP*)
Race 4: (3) Soul Singer 30
Race 5: (8) Run Rorkus Run 76
Race 6: (2) Sky Marshal 65
Race 7: (8) Fiery Fellow 55
Race 8: (6) Pocket Venus 44
Race 9: (1) Leprecorns Gift 33
Vaal (tues)
Race 1: (11) Chazak 27
Race 2: (1) Tacit Tiger 25
Race 3: (4) Right Beauty 75
Race 4: (1) Mexican Glory 50
Race 5: (8) Magica Roma 56
Race 6: (8) City Of Bells 87
Race 7: (1) Follow The Piper 74
Race 8: (13) Spectroscope 57
Race 1: (1) Letas Bonnet 32
Race 2: (1) Silk Road 38
Race 3: (2) I’m A Rock Star 23
Race 4: (1) La Patineuse 65
Race 5: (8) Azaniah 52
Race 6: (7) Dark Journey 71
Race 7: (16) Whale Cove 58
Race 8: (5) Told You So 8
Vaal (thur)
Race 1: No Qualifiers
Race 2: No Qualifiers
Race 3: (7) Principled Man 24 (NAP*)
Race 4: (5) Emblazoned Star 13
Race 5: (11) Secret Magok 21
Race 6: (11) Chapel Of Love 24
Race 7: (10) Vulcan 67 (EW)
Race 8: (1) Yukon Gold 60
Race 9: (14) Sing The Blues 55 (EW)


Top rated winners last week included

Sweet Lily won 8/1
Texas Flood won 6/1
Jazelle won 6/1
Virgo’s Babe won 4/1
Tiger Island won 13/10
Tsotsoma won 8/10
Finnigan won 11/20
Royal Cookie won 4/10



Blueridge Mountain (J Ramsden, W-Cape)
Capetown Noir (D Kannemeyer, W-Cape)
Journeyman (M De Kock, Gauteng)
Red Ray (J Ramsden, W-Cape)


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


Fairview 12th April
Penetrometer 26 – Going G/Soft
1000m (2) London Perfect                  56,45
1200m (3) Kiss And Tell                    69,66              
1400m (2) The Plunderer                    83,86
1600m (1) Leeway                              98,87
2400m (1) Cape Town                        154,49


Turffontein (old) 12th April
Races 1 & 2 – Going Good
Races 3 to 8 – Going Soft
1000m (2) Sharp Design                     57,22  
1160m (2) Journeyman                        68,13              
1400m (1) Neo Jet                              87,80
1600m (1) Thunder Dance                  99.10
2000m (2) Eternity                              127,26


Kenilworth (new) 13th April
Penetrometer 22 – Good
1000m (1) Tributary                            60,25  
1200m (3) Blueridge Mountain           71,44  
1400m (2) Punta Arenas                      85,27  
1800m (2) True Master                       111,75


Scottsville (old) 13th April
Penetrometer 22 – Going Good
1000m (2) Garibondy                          58,41  
1200m (2) Sue For Peace                    68,96  
1400m (3) Capetown Noir                  85,15
1600m (2) Territorial Waters             98,05  


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