Tales Of Bravery
(Photo : Gold Circle / Summerhill Stud)
L’ORMARINS QUEEN’S PLATE (Grade 1)
Kenilworth, Turf, 1600m
8 January 2011
Gold CircleVaughan Marshall said yesterday that Tales Of Bravery’s preparation for the R1,000,000 L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate (Grade 1) to be run over 1600m at Kenilworth on Saturday had gone exceptionally well. Tales Of Bravery made a superb start to this season, fulfilling the promise he had always shown in no uncertain terms.
Then on October 30, he met Pocket Power, who was having his first start since the Vodacom Durban July, over the 1500m of the Kenilworth Old Course and beat him by 2,25 lengths despite only receiving 1kg. Furthermore, he beat another Queen’s Plate contender, Super Storm, by 5,5 lengths and will face that one on 1,5kg better terms on Saturday.
His next start was in the Grade 2 Green Point Stakes over the 1600m of the Kenilworth Old Course, where he started joint favourite with Pocket Power at level weights. Pocket Power reversed form, beating him into fourth place by 2,5 lengths. He was also beaten by Queen’s Plate contender Past Master, by 0,75 lengths.
However the disappointing effort was explained when he scoped dirty and was found to have been suffering from a lung infection.
“That’s all behind him now,” said Vaughan Marshall, whose best finish in the Queen’s Plate was in 1997 with La Fabulous, who finished fourth behind the great London News.
Asked on whether he felt Tales Of Bravery had the class to win the Queen’s Plate, he replied, “I most certainly do.”
If there is to be an upset he will be the one to provide it, but in the aftermath it might not actually be much of a surprise at all.
L’ORMARINS QUEEN’S PLATE
TALES OF BRAVERY
TIME AND LOVE
Courtesy of Betting World - Correct as at 6 January 2011 07:00