R350,000 BETTING WORLD 1900 (Grade 2)
Greyville, Turf, 1900m
21 May 2010
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.”
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.”
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