Fairview 2nd March: A maiden juvenile event over 1000m was first up in Port Elizabeth on Friday and here we saw a comfortable victory for the newcomer COTILLION (30). Nibbled at on course to go off third in the betting market at 4/1, Yvette Bremner’s charge was soon up handy. She was ridden to lead as they approached the 200m marker and comfortably accounted for the heavily supported favourite (also a newcomer) LE VAR by two and three quarters.
Another newcomer to win well on this card was LONDON PERFECT (29) when opening his account in the maiden 1200m. Freely available at 11/1 on the off, Des McLachlan’s charge was always handy. He quickened well at the business end of the race and with the rest well beaten he comfortably accounted for the friendless RADETZKY’S REBEL (6/1 out to 14/1) by a length and a half.
Looking to extend his winning sequence to six in the MR104 Handicap over 1400m was the 7yo TOMCAT (83). Allowed to ease out to 2/1 from 15/10 at the track as money came for CELTIC FIRE (5/2 into 15/10), Tomcat was soon in his favourite position at the head of affairs. As they approached the 300m marker the pack headed by TIK TAK TOE began to close in and when that one briefly got his head in front 100m later it looked as if Tomcat’s winning run would come to an end. Once headed though, the son of Mogok found another gear and after regaining the lead 150m out, he quickly went clear.
The listed Lady’s Pendant topped the bill and here victory went to the well supported Cape Town raider STATE BLUE (86). Confidently ridden by Bernard Fayd’Herbe, Justin Snaith’s charge sat in midfield for most of the journey. Once given rein though she quickened best of all and under a well judged ride she got up late to deny the previously unbeaten HOT GIRL.
After racing in the rear, MR VINDALOO won the MR73 Handicap over 1200m going away by a length and a quarter.
Turffontein 3rd March: They raced on the old stand side track on Saturday where victory in the opening maiden event over 1160m went to the 3yo MEMEZA (28). Usually one to run on from off the pace, Clinton Binda’s charge adopted a change of tactics here and was soon up with the speed. He quickened well 150m from home and easily accounted for ALWAYS FLIRTING by two and a half.
The first of the afternoon’s two listed feature events for juveniles was the Storm Bird Stakes contested by the boys and here we saw another smart performance from the unbeaten SOFT FALLING RAIN (49). Always deep in the red, Mike De Kock’s charge was soon prominent. He took up the running shortly after passing halfway and with the rest some six lengths adrift, he beat the only other unbeaten runner in the field WAR HORSE a little easier than the official winning margin of three quarters of a length would suggest.
The most impressive performance of the afternoon was undoubtedly that of the newcomer FRANNY (49) in the girls juvenile feature, the 1000m Ruffian Stakes. Backed throughout the morning into 8/10 from 2/1, Gavin Van Zyl’s charge was taken straight to the front by Anthony Delpech and led throughout. She was always in command and with some in hand won by five.
The non-black type Var Gold Rush Sprint over 1100m was next up and here we saw a smart performance from the Second Empire colt LEGAL ACTION (57). Freely available at 9/1 on the off, Chris Erasmus’ charge got away well when the gates opened and was soon up handy. He was ridden to lead going through the 200m and although the friendless MIDNIGHT SERENADE (9/2 out to 8/1) chased hard in the closing stages of the race, he went on to score comfortably by a length and a quarter.
Lightly raced PERIGRINE ran on steadily from the rear when third in the non-black type Egoli Mile.
Durbanville 3rd March: Favourite backers got off to a nice start at the country course on Saturday when THE WEST IS WIDE (18) did the business in the opening maiden juvenile event over 1000m. He raced prominent throughout and won very easily by four after taking up the running 200m out.
A maiden juvenile event over 1200m was next up and here the bookmakers again had to reach into their satchels when the best bet on the card for most SHE’S GOT IT (24) obliged. Always very deep in the red, Joey Ramsden’s charge was soon up handy. She moved through to take up the running early in the straight and although the friendless OUR DIZZY EMBLEM (16/1 out to 33/1) never gave up the fight once headed, she went on to score very comfortably by two.
Race seven on the card was a MR79 Handicap over 1600m and here it was nice to see the once highly regarded BRILLIANT CUT (66) find the winner’s enclosure for the first time since winning the prestigious Langerman way back in Jun ’10. Nibbled at on course into 33/10 second favourite from 4/1, Vaughan Marshall’s charge was content to sit sixth of the nine for most of the journey. Once in the straight though, he quickened best of all and comfortably accounted for SPY GLASS by two and a quarter after striking the front close home.
The lucky last was a MR90 Handicap over 1600m and here the locals were sent home happy when the favourite MASTER PLAN (67) did the business. An impressive winner in similar company last time out, Greg Ennion’s charge was always in touch with the leaders. He quickened well 400m out and under a well judged ride from Karis Teetan he got up late to beat KHYBER CROSSING by a half.
Running on from off the pace, the 7/20 favourite KISS AND TELL was gaining quickly at the finish when only beaten a neck in the 1000m maiden event.
KAMBROOK battled to find a clear passage before running on strongly late to take third place in the MR90 Handicap won by Master Plan.
Top speedratings for this weekend include:-
Arlington Race 1: (10) Legend Of Zelda 39 Race 2: (6) Tisimself 5 Race 3: (4) Perfect Diamond 35 (EW) Race 4: (2) The Major 43 Race 5: (8) Split The Profit 45 (NAP*) Race 6: (12) Trevor 63 Race 7: (11) Marionette 73 Race 8: (3) Polar Jet 4 Clairwood Race 1: (14) Skweleti 18 Race 2: (2) Istiqraar 18 Race 3: (9) Maak ‘n Plan 23 Race 4: (10) Gold Flight 25 Race 5: (6) Green Day 88 Race 6: (12) Mr Gigilo 53 (EW) Race 7: (1) Mike’s Choice 78 Race 8: (5) Warwickadale 60 Turffontein Race 1: (7) In Eighty Days 5 Race 2: (1) Ilsanpietro 91 (NAP*) Race 3: (11) Straight Set 19 Race 4: (1) Acapella 2 Race 5: (10) Run For It 110 Race 6: (9) Sacred Temple 68 Race 7: (7) Lady Beatrix 70 Race 8: (1) City Of Angels 18 Greyville Race 1: (2) Contador 3 Race 2: (1) Besma 20 Race 3: (5) Cucumba Alley 10 Race 4: (9) Head Of The House 59 Race 5: (1) Krackerjack Ace 57 (NAP*) Race 6: (11) Day Of The Duke 54 Race 7: (13) Meriden 54 Race 8: (2) Alberts Daughter 19 Vaal Race 1: No Qualifiers Race 2: (1) Nut Flush 23 Race 3: (12) Empire Ruler 51 Race 4: (4) Lady Ameera 37 Race 5: (6) Formation 70 Race 6: (8) Perrier-Jouet 40 Race 7: (8) Royal Express 36 Race 8: (4) Magic Potion 48 Race 9: (16) Pirate King 5
Top rated winners last week includedGolden Veil won 25/1 Golden Handshake won 7/2 Memeza won 3/1 Live Controversy won 3/1 She’s A Dime won 28/10 Celtic King won 2/1 Manx Magic won 1/1 Soft Falling Rain won 1/5
Notebook:-Franny (G Van Zyl, Gauteng) Perigrine (S Tarry, Gauteng) Tomcat (S Van Rensburg, E-Cape)
FASTEST TIMES(Shown in brackets is the number of races run in each category)
Fairview 2nd March Fastest Sprint 1000-1300 (6) Villandry Fastest Middle 1400-1800 (2) Tomcat Fastest Long 1900-3600 (0) No Qualifiers
.Turffontein 3rd March Fastest Sprint 1000-1300 (4) Soft Falling Rain Fastest Middle 1400-1800 (4) Royal Ridge Fastest Long 1900-3600 (1) Golden Handshake
.Durbanville 3rd March Fastest Sprint 1000-1300 (3) Magnolia Park Fastest Middle 1400-1800 (5) Brilliant Cut Fastest Long 1900-3600 (0) No Qualifiers