Ice Axe and Castlethorpe
Ice Axe and Castlethorpe

Ice Axe and Castlethorpe - MR 96 Divided Handicap

(Photo : Gold Corcle)

KWA-ZULU NATAL BREEDERS’ 1600

Clairwood, Turf, 1600m

19 June 2011

It was the Irish poet, William Butler Yeats, that once proclaimed “I have spread my dreams under your feet; tread softly because you tread on my dreams.”

The Irish have always had a sense of the romantic, and their premier racing outfit, Coolmore, have never been short of imagination when it comes to the naming of their best racehorses. They regularly “reserve” great names, and when a youngster tells them on the gallops, that he may be worthy, he is assigned an appropriate title.

So it was with the two brothers, Yeats and Solskjaer, the one named for their poet laureate, the other for their best footballer at their club, Manchester United, in a European Championship year.

In a weekend when both might be remembered, it’s appropriate that a statue was unveiled at the Royal Ascot meeting, commemorating the greatest stayer of all time, Yeats, for his four consecutive Gold Cup victories.

On Sunday, Solskjaer gets his turn, with his son the short priced favourite for the R250,000 KwaZulu-Natal Breeders’ 1600 at Clairwood. Now 4 wins from 5 starts (including a disqualification when defeating major Vodacom Durban July hopeful, Castlethorpe,) Ice Axe is a late December foal from his Sire’s first crop.

Dangers? There are a few, none more so than a fellow Summerhill-bred dual Group winner of 2011 and a Guineas heroine of last season, Fisani.

We’ll know more on Sunday afternoon.

KwaZulu-Natal Breeders’ 1600

Final Field

#

Horse

Kg

MR

Dr

Jockey

Trainer

1

FISANI

60.0

104

11

G Lerena

Mike de Kock

2

SEAL

58.0

107

7

M Odendaal

Gavin van Zyl

3

SMANJEMANJE

58.0

97

2

S Brown

Tyrone Zackey

4

DANCE WITH MIKEY

58.0

87

10

M Yeni

Colin Scott

5

ICE AXE

56.0

98

5

A Marcus

Charles Laird

6

THE MOUSEKETEER

56.0

87

6

A Delpech

Sean Tarry

7

SHIELD THE SHEIK

56.0

72

4

S Randolph

Des Egdes

8

ABINGTON

54.0

94

9

G Hatt

Greg Ennion

9

KINGS CALL

54.0

83

3

R Danieslon

Paul Lafferty

10

FOURTH ESTATE

54.0

82

1

C Orffer

Colin Scott

11

LAS RAMBLAS

51.5

95

8

*A Mgudlwa

James Goodman

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