Smanjemanje and Pierre Jourdan
(Photo : JC Photographics)
GAUTENG GUINEAS (GR2)
Charl Pretorius www.racingweb.co.zaPlease find following pen pictures and opening betting for the R1million Gauteng Guineas (Grade 2) to be run at Turffontein this Saturday, 27 February. The Gauteng Guineas is the first leg of the SASCOC Triple Crown and is one of four major feature races on the day.
R60,000 Buy from the Summerhill draft at the 2008 Emperors Palace Ready To Run Sale, strong and smart with a fine turn of foot. Has won four of five starts including the 2009 Emperors Palace Ready To Run Cup and more recently a 1400m contest at this track where he beat Galileo’s Galaxy (2kg worse off) by a neck with Echohawk close behind in third. First time this distance but he should enjoy the 1600m. Big chance from an inside draw, to make it two from the last three runnings of this race for Summerhill following Imbongi’s big victory in 2007.
Career record: 4 Wins, 1 Place, 5 Runs. Earnings: R999,425.
Talented galloper with good looks to match. He has proved he is not too far off the best of his generation and stayed on resolutely when third behind Pierre Jourdan over 1400m here last time. Better this trip, which brings him right into the reckoning, especially as he is handily drawn and Gavin Lerena rides again.
Career record: 3 Wins, 2 Places, 7 Runs. Earnings: R177,425.
Impressive son of Galileo. Has performed consistently well at the highest level and can be considered unlucky not to have won a feature to date. Runner-up last three starts including going down to Noordhoek Flyer in the Cape Guineas. Something to find with Pierre Jourdan on his last effort, but utmost respect.
Career record: 2 Wins, 3 Places, 5 Runs. Earnings: R442,500.
Trainer Gavin van Zyl says Bulsara is an “awesome thoroughbred” and one can ignore his only failure, when downfield in the Dingaans after being forced to check and thereafter taking no interest. His best runs include a 3.25-length drubbing of Grade 1 winner Exhilaration. One for the shortlist.
Career record: 2 Wins, 3 Places, 7 Runs. Earnings: R291,380.
Nyakatho’s form looked ordinary until he came within half a length of beating Dingaans hero Curved Ball in the Secretariat Stakes over 1800m. That seemed to show, however, that his strength lies in races beyond 1600m and he can be given only an outside place chance in this contest.
Career record: 1 Win, 4 Places, 8 Runs. Earnings: R133,250.
One of several sons of former Durban July winner Dynasty to come to the fore this season. Showed a depth of ability when beating a few decent older horses in the 1800m Michael Roberts Handicap last month. Dellotto looks better over a bit more ground, but that doesn’t mean he can’t flash up late and snatch a place.
Career record: 3 Wins, 4 Places, 9 Runs. Earnings: R187,000.
This son of Kahal has flattered only to deceive, but is the only runner to have lowered the colours of Pierre Jourdan (now 2.5kg better off for a nose beating). The stable feels he needs to be gelded after disappointing last time out, but Piere Strydom gets a rare ride for Mike de Kock so don’t leave him out of Quartets.
Career record: 3 Wins, 2 Places, 7 Runs. Earnings: R363,800.
The second of two runners from the stable of Dominic Zaki, who will also saddle Echohawk. A capable and stoutly bred individual with good future prospects. Fourth in the 1600m Dingaans back in November, but held by runner-up Galileo’s Galaxy on that form and faced with a wide draw. Small place chance.
Career record: 1 Win, 5 Places, 6 Runs. Earnings: R117,200.
Another well-bred and talented individual from Charles Laird’s stable, he has worked his way through minor ranks and now faces his sternest test. His stable companion Galileo’s Galaxy is preferred, but this one looks a top sort in the making. Don’t be surprised if he lays down a serious challenge.
Career record: 3 Wins, 3 Places, 6 Runs. Earnings: R165,025.
Smanjemanje has turned in a number of good runs, including a fourth to Exhilaration in the Grade 1 Premier’s Stakes and a narrow defeat by Pierre Jourdan in a 1450m Progress Plate at level weights here last October. Doesn’t always run to that level of form though and has a tough task here from a wide draw.
Career record: 2 Wins, 6 Places, 11 Runs. Earnings: R179,000.
Has taken a bit of time to come to hand and has been racing against much weaker opposition than he encounters in this event. But there was much to like about his victory over 1450m on the inside track recently and he is obviously still improving. Should also be suited to this longer distance. Outside place chance.
Career record: 2 Wins, 6 Places, 11 Runs. Earnings: R211,225.
12 DRAW BRIDGE
Beat feature-placed Nyakatho in a Maiden Plate in only his second outing and that suggests he is well above average. But he has done nothing in his three subsequent runs to indicate he is up to the task of shaping in this class and has had only one run since a rest after missing a preparatory run because of rain.
Career record: 1 Win, 1 Place, 5 Runs. Career earnings: R58,650.
This son of leading stallion Silvano has shown marked improvement since being rested and gelded, posting two nice wins in succession this year. He quickened away from his rivals in a minor handicap over 1450m in his last start. But this is a big step up in class and he looks to have a mountain to climb.
Career record: 2 Wins, 4 Places, 7 Runs. Earnings: R118,375.
14 SERVICE ACE
Troublesome at the start of his races, Service Ace recently spent a week in the care of this country’s own “Horse Whisperer” Malan du Toit. Trainer Mike Azzie believes this has done the trick for his beautifully bred charge, who he rates as a serious classic contender this season. Azzie’s opinion must be respected.
Career record: 1 Win, 2 Places, 5 Runs. Earnings: R71,275.
Trainer Mike de Kock has a tremendous string of three-year-old fillies this season and he’s pitched Gluwein in against the males instead of aiming her at the Gauteng Fillies Guineas. She produced a terrific late burst to deadheat with Love Is In the Air in the 1600m Majorca Stakes on J&B Met Day and has to be considered.
Career record: 3 Wins, 3 Places, 6 Runs. Earnings: R323,225.
Gavin van Zyl
Mike de Kock
FLYING TRISTRAM (Aus)
Mike de Kock
2-1 Pierre Jourdan, 5-2 Galileo’s Galaxy, 7-1 Echohawk, Havasha, Gluwein, 10-1 Flying Tristram, 12-1 Bulsara, 20-1 Fort Petersburg, 35-1 Dellotto, 33-1 Nyakatho, 50-1 the rest of the field.