As promised, we bring you the views of the trainers of the Summerhill Stud-bred entries in the “Big One”.
The official July gallops due for Thursday last were cancelled on account of the weather, and this could easily have proven calamitous for those entries with a schedule which included a good gallop on the day. Pick Six was one of them, but he got his chance on Friday (before the cameras) and these will be shown on Tellytrack (Channel 34) on Tuesday evening at 18:30.
Charles Laird reports a sparkling gallop, and says despite the fact Three Year Olds have never been asked to shoulder as much as 54,5 kgs to victory in the race, he’s at the top of his game. Which says something for a horse that’s the top earning Three Year Old in South Africa this season. Drawn a bit wide at 13, Charles feels there are ten in the field that can win it. Pick Six is undoubtedly one of them.
P.S. He was drawn 13 in the R3 million Gomma Gomma Challenge (Gr.1), which he won like the star he undoubtedly is, so maybe this isn’t such a bad draw after all.
His trainer, Mike Azzie, always the optimist, believes he’s one of four that can win. The other three are Pocket Power, Successful Bidder and Jagged Ice, but Michael has gone to extraordinary lengths “just in case”. We love having runners with the “Azzman”, as he “wills” them home, and he’s quick to remind us that in spite of a badly interrupted preparation, Dynamite Mike followed up his Guineas victory over Jay Peg with a “fastest-last-400” conclusion in the Gold Challenge.
For what it’s worth to punters, Michael’s flown his late Dad’s big mate, Lionel Brown, down as his personal guest for the event, so that in case history’s in the offing, the 78 year old can be on hand to witness it.
This filly, drawn at 18, will need things her own way if she’s to feature at her best, but this is by no means the long shot the bookmakers have made her at 66/1. Glen Kotzen, her conditioner, claims she would be coming from off them no matter her draw, so that wont be the factor it would for those needing to be up there with the pace. What’s more, she likes the track, and showed that with a last-to-first effort in the Golden Slipper (Gr.1) as a juvenile. She proved her well being with a grandstand finish (conceding 4 kgs) in the Cup Trial (Gr.3) at her last start.
We’ve had a sneaky feeling about this girl for some time, and if there are any stamina doubts about many of the more fancied runners, she could make the money for old Summerhill supporter, Fred Crabbia. No-one deserves it more, and provided the pace is on from the jump, she might be “each way” value at her current price.