(Photo : Gold Circle)
Tonight’s Grade 2 Betting World 1900 at Greyville sees a highly competitive field lining up for this traditional pointer to the Grade 1 Vodacom Durban July.
Jack Milner writes for Tab Online that the on-fire Thandolwami must be every owner’s dream. Purchased for just R80,000, Thandolwami (Woodborough x My Sweet Love) has amassed R820,150 in stake-money and can become another “Equine Millionaire” if victorious in tonight’s R350,000 feature.
Summerveld-based trainer, Craig Eudey, has done a great job with this talented four-year-old, who seems to be getting better with every run. A useful three-year-old, he has now come of age and following some high-class recent efforts, is overdue to record a big win.
Thandolwami’s recent form is most consistent. He finished second to Likeithot in the Charity Mile November Handicap, fifth behind Rudra in the Steinhoff Summer Cup, a fast finishing second to Pirate’s Gold in the King’s Cup and a one-length third behind Smart Banker in last month’s Champions Challenge at Turffontein.
He has saved some of his best performances for Greyville racecourse though, having won three of his six starts at the track and placing on three other occasions. A strange phenomenon if one considers how he loves to challenge from well off the pace.
Thandolwami will once again be partnered by jockey Raymond Danielson, who has established a fine understanding with the gelding. He has piloted Thandolwami in his last seven starts for two wins, three places and two close-up fifths.
Catmandu (Makaarem x Gypsey Spirit) is in superb form and is another fighter who loves the Greyville track. In last year’s running of this very race he was denied by a nostril at the hands of Jet Master’s full sister, River Jetez. After a couple of mediocre performances, Gauteng trainer Andre Kirsten’s charge seems to have regained his touch and last time out in the Grade 1 Champions Challenge, Catmandu ran just 0.75 lengths adrift of Thandolwami, despite having to switch for a clear run.
The big race kicks off at 20:40.
R350,000 Betting World 1900 Grade 2
|1||Singing Sword||60.0||104||7||D Masour||Tyrone Zackey|
|2||Thundering Jet||59.5||103||17||B Fayd’Herbe||Mike Bass|
|3||Catmandu||59.0||102||9||G Wrogemann||Andre Kirsten|
|4||Thandolwami||59.0||102||10||R Danielson||Craig Eudey|
|5||Vision Of Grandeur (Ire)||58||100||2||F Coetzee||Justin Snaith|
|6||Tropical Empire (Aus)||57.5||99||11||B Lerena||Duncan Howells|
|7||Wonder Lawn||57.5||99||8||S Randolph||Dean Kannemeyer|
|8||Air Combat||56.5||97||1||G Lerena||Mike Bass|
|9||Crown Of Power||56.5||97||6||A Marcus||Charles Laird|
|10||Pirate’s Gold||56||96||18||S Cormack||Glen Kotzen|
|11||Cape Town||55||94||14||K Shea||Gavin van Zyl|
|12||Dynamite Mike||55||94||5||K Jupp||Kumaran Naidoo|
|13||Full Power (Arg)||54.5||93||13||D L Habib||Geoff Woodruff|
|14||Judged Excellent||54.5||93||12||A Delpech||Mike Bass|
|15||Al Pasha||53.5||91||16||M Byleveld||Dean Kannemeyer|
|16||Kiribati||52||92||15||D Daniels||Sean Tarry|
|17||Mr. Esplendid (Arg) (Reserve)||52||88||4||Reserve 2||Joey Ramsden|
|18||Let’s Get Started (Reserve)||52||81||3||Reserve 1||Alyson Wright|