BETTING WORLD STAKES (Grade 2)
Clairwood, Turf, 2500m
15 June 2014
Hot Ticket stamped himself as one of the best stayers in the country at Clairwood Sunday, not only due to the ease of his victory in the Grade 2 Betting World Stakes over 2500m, but also due to the confidence with which Karl Neisius rode him. However, subsequent Grade 2 Betting World Oaks winner Dylan’s Promise showed that she could also be a candidate for the accolade with another courageous win over her favourite course and distance under Anton Marcus.
Western Cape trainer Dean Kannemeyer and his stable jockey Neisius’ win with Hot Ticket was the culmination of a fine weekend as they had a double together on the Greyville polytrack on Friday night and a double yesterday.
The strapping Silvano chestnut gelding was drawn nicely in two and Neisius had him well placed on the rail from the off. The pace was set by Disco Al with Hot Ticket’s chief market rival Tribal Dance next best, followed by Sky Rise, Hot Ticket and Beewithmee. Disco Al increased the tempo rounding the final turn and Tribal Dance went with him.
Neisius remained patient on Hot Ticket, despite now being about ten lengths adrift. Tribal Dance soon challenged Disco Al in the straight, while Neisius watched and waited from some way back.
Hot Ticket then began making the ground up rapidly under a hands and heels ride and cruised past the battling front pair. He won easing up by 3,75 lengths from Tribal Dance with Disco Al next best ahead of the Mike de Kock pair Canterbury Tale and Kindle, who both finished more than eight lengths behind the winner.
The win made up for Hot Ticket’s unlucky defeat in this race last year, when it was still limited to three-year-olds and called the Betting World Derby.
Neisius said that Hot Ticket had wanted to be a bit keen in the back straight. However, the big horse, who looks every inch a stayer, had clearly responded well to his requests to settle and this augurs well for his chances in the seaso’s remaining big staying races.
Kannemeyer said earlier in the week that Hot Ticket was a “tough” horse and that his programme, depending on how he comes out of the Betting World Stakes, includes both the Grade 2 Gold Vase over 3000m on July day and the Grade 1 Gold Cup over 3200m on the last Saturday of the season.
Betting World Stakes (Grade 2)
|1||HOT TICKET||K Neisius||Dean Kannemeyer||59.5||2||0.0|
|2||TRIBAL DANCE||M Byleveld||Vaughan Marshall||60.0||6||3.8|
|3||DISCO AL||A Marcus||Joey Ramsden||59.5||1||5.5|
|4||CANTERBURY TALE||A Delpech||Mike de Kock||60.0||8||8.8|
|5||KINDLE||W Kennedy||Mike de Kock||59.5||7||10.5|
|6||SKY RISE||W Marwing||Weiho Marwing||59.5||3||11.2|
|7||GREAT RUMPS||I Sturgeon||Frank Robinson||59.5||4||11.4|
|8||BEEWITHMEE||K Shea||Duncan Howells||59.5||5||27.1|
xtracts from Gold Circle