GOLDEN HORSE SPRINT RACE DAY
24 May 2014
Sprinters take centre stage at tomorrow’s prestigious Scottsville meeting, where no less than four Grade 1 six furlong events highlight the day’s programme.
Sadly, the Allan Robertson Fillies Championship for juvenile fillies lost some of its lustre when Mike de Kock’s superstar Majmu (Redoute’s Choice) was withdrawn on Wednesday due to a virus, which essentially has thrown the race wide open. Wilgerbosdrift homebred Rosier, fresh off her victory in the Grade 2 Debutante over the course and distance, will attempt to emulate her sire Kildonan, whose record over the 1200m strip stands to this day. Balkan (Horse Chestnut), triumphant in her two most recent starts by a combined margin of 11 lengths, also looks up to the challenge, as does the Summerhill Ready To Run graduate Rich Girl (Rock Of Gibraltar), who taught her rivals a galloping lesson in the Grade 3 Strelitzia Stakes early April.
Captain Al filly Carry On Katie, who lowered the colours of Banaadeer (More Than Ready) in the Grade 1 SA Nursery at Turffontein, is the rose amongst the thorns in the Tsogo Sun Medallion. In addition to Banaadeer, she will also face a number of up-and-coming new challengers headed by Harry Lime (Var), an impressive winner of the Grade 2 Umkhomazi Stakes and Grade 3 Godolphin Barb hero Punk Rocker (Trippi).
On recent form and at the weights, speed queen Via Africa (Var) looks set to successfully defend her title in the Grade 1 SA Fillies Sprint. She is five from five at this track and looks nigh invincible against her own gender.
In contrast, the Grade 1 Golden Horse Sprint looks wide open. Boasting an increased stake of R1million, the country’s oldest sponsered sprint has drawn a competitive field of 16 runners headed by last year’s winner Contador (Var). He carries the silks of champion owners Ingrid and Markus Jooste, as does progressive three-year-old Red Ray (Western Winter), who has not raced since his second to Via Africa in the Grade 1 Cape Flying Championship four months ago. Ironically, the colt will make his local debut over the testing strip of which racing manager Derek Brugman publicly stated he is no fan of, this in spite of the fact that his owner’s Contador, Captain Of All, Warm White Night and Delago Deluxe all earned their Grade 1 spurs at this meeting!
Extract from Racing South Africa