betting world 1900
betting world 1900

R350,000 BETTING WORLD 1900 (Grade 2)

Greyville, Turf, 1900m

21 May 2010

david thiselton
david thiselton

David ThiseltonThe Grade 2 Betting World 1900 to be run at Greyville tonight (Friday May 21) is a traditional Vodacom Durban July pointer, although it has latterly been a race used either for borderline horses to try and qualify or as a preparation run for those who are just behind the big guns. The only winners in the last ten runnings of the race to have gone on to place in the July have been River Jetez in 2008 and Tytola in 2001.

River Jetez is probably the classiest runner to have lined up for this race in the last few years and following her example the winner could be Fort Vogue, who finished just a length back in the J&B Met and is also trained by Mike Bass. Bass said, “Fort Vogue galloped very well two weeks back with Pocket Power. He has not raced since the Met, and it has been difficult for me to pick and find the right races for him. He is working very well but I suspect he may just need this race a little bit, however on his current work I expect him to run very well.” The Bass horses have been in magnificent form in Durban so far this Champions Season.

The Sean Tarry-trained Silvano gelding, Aslan, has only had one run since since his Summer Cup win and finished a 3,25 length fourth to subsequent Champions Challenge winner, Regal Ransom, and in front of subsequent SA Derby winner Irish Flame. He is a courageous sort who fights on resolutely in the straight and will be improving as a four-year-old. He is drawn well and his Summer Cup rider, Felix Coetzee, is aboard. Tarry said, “He won’t be fully fit but a lot of the runners will be in the same boat.”

Speed For Gold from the flying Dennis Drier yard is over the niggles that kept him off the course for over a year and is working like a bomb at home, although he is quite widely drawn. He was a fast finishing 0,75 length second in the Listed Sledgehammer last time from a wide draw and is now 1kg better off with Robinson Crusoe. Drier said, “If it wasn’t for his draw I would make him a huge runner, but I still make him a big runner.”

The Paul Lafferty-trained Goat is a small filly with a big heart and has become a KZN favourite. She has a good turn of foot and stays further than this and Lafferty was hoping that his front-running reserve runner Sports Factor would get in. “We don’t want to be caught in behind them going at a canter,” he said.

Stuart Randolph followed Glen Kotzen’s instructions perfectly on Robinson Crusoe in the Sledgehammer by rousting him early to get into a position as he likes to drop himself out from where he can lose interest. So the key to his best form has been found and he should be a big runner from a nice draw.

Caymen Island surprised the Yogas Govender yard in the Sledgehammer when needing the run from a wide draw and finishing third. Byron Forster said, “That is encouraging unless he is a sort who prefers running fresh. He’s doing well but this is his biggest test to date.”

Mike de Kock said that Bold Silvano had been “showing him nothing at home. Apparently he’s always been a bad workhorse, but I don’t know what to expect although he is looking good,” said De Kock.

The Gavin van Zyl-trained Bouquet-Garni ran a fine race in his penultimate start when beating Aslan over 1600m. Van Zyl said, “He’s a funny horse whose been in and out, but the key is to get him relaxed in behind horses.”

Thandolwami was cut into in the Sledgehammer and didn’t find his normal acceleration. Craig Eudey said he’d been freshened up for this race and was expecting a good run.

Frank Robinson said that Strategic News is not at his peak and would come on from the run. The selection is Fort Vogue to win it from Aslan, Speed For Gold, Goat and Robinson Crusoe.

FINAL FIELD

#

Horse

Kg

MR

Dr

Jockey

Trainer

1

IVORY TRAIL

60.0

112

8

A Fortune

Joey Ramsden

3

FORT VOGUE

58.5

109

4

B Fayd’Herbe

Mike Bass

4

OMAHA BEACH

58.0

108

6

B Lerena

Joey Ramsden

5

STRATEGIC NEWS (AUS)

57.0

106

1

*J Jordaan

Herman Brown

6

ASLAN

56.0

104

2

F Coetzee

Sean Tarry

7

THANDOLWAMI

56.0

104

13

R Danielson

Craig Eudey

9

GOAT

54.5

101

11

A Marcus

Paul Lafferty

10

NOBLEWOOD

54.0

100

14

G Schlechter

Stephen Page

11

SPEED FOR GOLD

54.0

100

12

A Forbes

Dennis Drier

12

BOLD SILVANO

53.5

104

9

A Delpech

Mike de Kock

13

BOUQUET-GARNI

53.5

99

17

G Lerena

Gavin van Zyl

14

CAYMEN ISLAND

53.5

99

15

D David

Yogas Govender

15

ROBINSON CRUSOE

53.5

99

7

S Randolph

Glen Kotzen

16

DANISH SILVER

52.0

94

16

D Daniels

Yogas Govender

17

GRISHAM

52.0

90

10

M Yeni

Mike Bass

18

SPORTS FACTOR

52.0

89

18

*A Domeyer

Paul Lafferty

Late Scratchings

2

MOKARO

60.0

112

5

*A Domeyer

Stephen Page

8

HAVASHA

54.5

106

3

K Shea

Mike de Kock