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Multi-Millionaire Family Affair

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Multi-Millionaire Family Affair

He didn’t know it when he phoned to congratulate us on multi-millionaire Rabada’s historic victory in the Daily News 2000 (Gr.1) on Saturday evening, but Vaughan Koster, breeder of Bela Bela, the heroine of the fillies’ equivalent, the Woolavington Stakes (Gr.1), had a connection to the families of both the glitterati.

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Born for Stardom… Breeding for the Stars.

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Born for Stardom… Breeding for the Stars.

His pedigree spoke of Emperors and Excellence. Now, Brave Tin Soldier’s doing exactly what it said on the “Tin”. This weekend the Soldier’s camp was all bright light and rumbling thunder when Rabada added another notch to his jeweled buckle when he won the Daily News 2000 (Group 1).

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Rabada Reigns in Daily News 2000

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Rabada Reigns in Daily News 2000

Rabada showed great courage in a driving finish to win the Daily News 2000 at Greyville on Saturday. Jockey Anton Marcus was at his tactical and muscular best to deliver Mike Azzie another Grade 1 trophy in a golden season for the popular Highveld trainer.

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Rabada nominated for Daily News 2000

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Rabada nominated for Daily News 2000

South Africa’s latest Triple Crown winner Abashiri is not among the 27 entries for the R2-million, Grade 1 Daily News 2000 on Saturday 28 May 2016 at Greyville Racecourse but the rest of the three-year-olds likely to challenge his status as the best of his age this season have been nominated including the champion’s stable companion and Canon Guineas runner-up Rabada.

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LEGISLATE RULES DAILY NEWS 2000

 Legislate - Daily News 2000 (Grade 1) / Gold Circle (p)

Legislate - Daily News 2000 (Grade 1) / Gold Circle (p)

DAILY NEWS 2000 (Grade 1)

Greyville, Turf, 2000m
31 May 2014

Triple Crown winner Louis The King and Cape Derby hero Legislate were widely tipped to fight out the finish of the Grade 1 Daily News 2000, considered the principal three-year-old trial for next month’s Vodacom Durban July. At the end of the 2000m contest, it was Legislate who prevailed, but it was oh so close, as lightly-raced one-time winner Rake’s Chestnut, a stable companion to Louis The King, almost stole his thunder.

Upon settling down, As You Like showed the way from Top Jet and Captain America, while, wait for it, the two favourites brought up the rear. At the top of the straight, jockey Richard Fourie elected to angle Legislate out wide for his run, overtook new leader Captain America approaching the final furlong and surged into the lead. Drama was unfolding behind them though, as a weakening Captain America bumped into Bezanova, who in turned impeded the flying Rake’s Chestnut. The chesnut rallied back in splendid fashion and, although he made up the deficit hand over fist, he fell short by a diminishing short head at the line. After being sluggish away, Louis The King looked in trouble from the start, but he too produced a remarkable effort to scythe through the field for a fast-finishing third.

Hats off to the winner though, who had to overcome an outside draw, took the overland route home and still had enough in reserve to record a superb victory, in the process completing a dream double for the winning trainer and jockey who had teamed up to clinch the preceding Grade 1 Woolavington 2000 with In The Fast Lane.

Trainer Justin Snaith increased his lead at the top of the national trainers log, while jockey Fourie is currently in second on the jockeys equivalent.

“It wasn’t easy and we knew that if we were going to beat the best three-year-olds in the country, we’d have to do it the hard way!” Snaith remarked. “He’ll be a serious horse in the July.”

Dual Grade 1 winner Legislate is now unbeaten in two starts at the Durban track, having also garnered the Grade 2 KRA Guineas in scintillating fashion. The rich winning-stakes here effectively doubled his earnings to just over R2.4 million, a far cry from his purchase price of R100,000 as a National Sales Yearling.

Legislate is one of 17 Stakes winners for Highlands stallion Dynasty and one of five to succeed at the elite level. As stated, the next target for the colt is the Grade 1 Vodacom Durban July, where he will attempt to emulate his sire, who captured the race in 2003.

Bred by Vaughan Koster at Cheveley Stud, Legislate is the first Stakes winner from three runners out of the sprinting mare Champers, whose yearling, a full-sister to Legislate, sold for R550,000 at last month’s Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale. He is owned by Dennis and Gael Evans’ Newbury Racing in partnership with Drakenstein Stud and Jack Mitchell.

Speed is very much a feature of this family. The grandam Classy Play, third in the Grade 1 SA Fillies Guineas, also produced the Grade 2-winning sprinter Black Skimmer (Bog Trotter); Grade 1 SA Fillies Sprint-fourth Champagne ‘N Roses (Goldmark) and the Grade 3 Cape Classic runner-up Dunedin Star (Western Winter). Classy Play’s full-sister Jungle Class won the SA Fillies Sprint and is the grandam of Grade 1 Thekwini Fillies Stakes winner Roxanne (Western Winter) and the Grade 2-winning sprinter Polar Moon (Victory Moon).

Daily News 2000 (Grade 1)
Final Result

# Horse Jockey Trainer Kg Draw Lengths
1 LEGISLATE R Fourie Justin Snaith 58.0 11 0.0
2 RAKE'S CHESTNUT A Marcus Geoff Woodruff 58.0 9 0.1
3 LOUIS THE KING K Shea Geoff Woodruff 58.0 2 1.3
4 CAPTAIN AMERICA G Hatt Brett Crawford 58.0 8 1.4
5 BEZANOVA B Fayd'Herbe Alec Laird 58.0 12 1.6
6 TOP JET G van Niekerk Mike Bass 58.0 10 3.9
7 EVEREST G Lerena St John Gray 58.0 7 4.0
8 ATOMIC RUSH S Cormack Stuart Pettigrew 58.0 6 4.1
9 AS YOU LIKE W Marwing Alec Laird 58.0 1 9.1
10 MERCADO S Khumalo Sean Tarry 58.0 3 9.3
11 WHISTLE STOP A Delpech Mike de Kock 58.0 5 11.6
12 EARL OF DERBY S Randolph Alec Laird 58.0 4 15.1

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THE GOOD GET BETTER

Daily News 2000 - Vercingetorix, No Worries, Capetown Noir and Wylie Hall
Daily News 2000 - Vercingetorix, No Worries, Capetown Noir and Wylie Hall

Daily News 2000 - Vercingetorix, No Worries, Capetown Noir and Wylie Hall

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“At this time of year, three-year-olds exhibit

differing rates of improvement.”

In our preview of the Daily News 2000 on Friday, we mentioned that at this time of year, three-year-olds exhibit differing rates of improvement. This couldn’t have been better illustrated than in Saturday’s South African-flavoured Group Ones, matched only by Claude Moshiywa’s stunning Comrades Marathon victory, the first “up-run” win by a local man in twenty-one years of the world’s most gruelling ultra-distance contest.

Let’s start with the oldest of the horse races. England’s Epsom Derby was being run for the 234th time, proudly carrying the label of South Africa’s Investec Bank. Rumoured unbeatable, the unbeaten Dawn Approach went out deep in the red, only to destroy his chances with a mulish display under Kevin Manning. Clearly accustomed to the speed of his earlier conquests at six to eight furlongs, he was unable to restrain himself without cover on the outside, and simply caved in as the field straightened from Tattenham Corner. The boys at Coolmore don’t need more than one invitation; within strides, a shoal of their five-horse entry swamped the lead. However, their back-marker in navy, Ruler Of The World, flashed up at the business end to run them all down from Libertarian, Galileo’s Rock and Battle Of Marengo, completing a whitewash of the world’s oldest classic by descendants of the remarkable Galileo, himself a Blue Riband hero of an earlier generation.

The unbeaten Ruler Of The World had given notice of his promise with a six length romp in Group company at Chester a month before, but needed Saturday’s victory to justify Susan Magnier’s choice of his extravagant appellation. As Coolmore boss, John Magnier quipped in the winner’s circle, “We allocate these lofty names on the basis of pedigree and what the youngsters are showing us at home; some we win and some we lose, and we’ve had a number of bad American presidents!” This one they got right. Those with an interest in breeding will be amused at the thin line between success and failure. Asked where the mare had gone in the past season, Magnier responded that she was on her way to Fastnet Rock, when he phoned trainer Aidan O’Brien to find out how the thre-year-old was doing. “He’s good”, was the response, and so his dam Love Me True, from the spectacular family of A.P. Indy, Duke Of Marmalade, Al Mufti and Lemon Drop Kid, is carrying a full sibling to the Derby winner. The rich just get richer!

Closer to home, the Woolavington Stakes (Gr.1) looked like a match in two between Bridget Oppenheimer’s Triple Tiara heroine, Cherry On The Top, and the Summerhill Sales graduate Blueridge Mountain. Recalling the vagaries of the game and the impossibility of knowing what’s going on inside a horse, the bridesmaid in all three legs of the Tiara, Michael De Broglio’sDo You Remember, trumped them all in the dying strides, just as Blueridge Mountain looked home-and-hosed halfway up the Greyville straight. To be fair, Cherry On The Top was over the top, while Blueridge Mountain’s 1200 metre prep was hardly the stuff of normality for a Group One at 2000m. But luck? Luck schmuck! “Breed the best to the best, and hope for the best”, they say. Do You Remember is a daughter of the white hot Silvano, from De Broglio’s Oaks-winning mare, Festive Occasion.

Vercingetorix’s unbeaten rally to the Vodacom Durban July remained on course when he scraped home by a nose in the Daily News 2000 (Gr.1), tossing the Breeder’s Championship up in the air, as the gap between ourselves and our nearest pursuers narrowed to nothing. The Klawervlei party however, was spoilt to a degree by No Worries’ killer burst in the closing moments of the race, where he raced from last at 75-1.

There was plenty of talk in the aftermath about Capetown Noir’s hard-knocking rattle for third, less than a head behind. If you were choosing between him and Vercingetorix on this evidence, with the extra furlong of the July, you’d have to be with Dean Kannemeyer’s horse, but all this ignores the fact that No Worries came from behind both of them, and another stride would’ve seen the wreath on his shoulders. If you subscribe to the notion that once they start to get good, there’s no knowing how good they’re going to get, “No Worries” could just live up to his name in the July.

Besides the fact that this result could be championship-threatening for Summerhill, our fellows were left lamenting our fourth bob-of-the-nose Group One second in recent times; Galant Gagnant went down by a head to Russian Sage in the same race; Smanjemanje failed by a nose to rein in Pomodoro in last year’s July, and Black Wing was “heads-up” on the Champions Cup (Gr.1) post when it should’ve been “heads-down”, in August.

As matters stand, No Worries holds no entry for the Vodacom Durban July, but “Buffalo Bill” Burnard tells us that’s what he’s in the game for. He may never get a chance like this again. If you fancy the chances of Vercingetorix and Capetown Noir, you’d have to fancy No Worries, as well. When the sticks came out, nobody dug deeper on Saturday. Every inch of the way. In the “big ones”, it’s those inches that make the difference. It’s what separates the living from the losers.

Editor’s Note: Together with the Guineas third, Corredor, No Worries is a graduate of the inaugural Emperors Palace Summer Ready To Run, staged in our School Of Excellence. His share of Saturday’s spoils puts “Buffalo” well ahead of the hefty R400,000 price tag.

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VERCINGETORIX AND NO WORRIES IN DAILY NEWS 2000 THRILLER

Vercingetorix - Daily News 2000
Vercingetorix - Daily News 2000

Watch Vercingetorix and No Worries fighting out the Daily News 2000 (Grade 1)

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DAILY NEWS 2000 (Grade 1)

Greyville, Turf, 2000m

1 June 2013

Vercingetorix kept his unbeaten record intact by a hair’s breadth in Saturday’s R1.5-million Daily News 2000 (Grade 1) at Greyville, just stealing the laurels from a charging Summerhill-bred No Worries.

Capetown Noir, winner of the Investec Cape Derby, went through the stalls as the 18-10 favourite, with Vercingetorix an easy-to-back 28-10 in his toughest test to date and stablemates Yorker and Tellina next on offer at 7-1 and 15-2.

Rock Cocktail led early from Yorker and Abercrombie with Wylie Hall, Vercingetorix and Silvano’s Jet next, ahead of Capetown Noir on the fence. No Worries was towards the back, followed by Patriotic Rebel, Tellina and Wild One.

Yorker, taking the shortest route for home, challenged Rock Cocktail soon after the runners straightened, but jockey Anthony Delpech was winding Vercingetorix up and the Mike de Kock-trained colt led 200m from the line. Meanwhile Capetown Noir was also putting in a sustained finish and No Worries, who was caught flat-footed at the top of the straight, was finishing fastest with Wylie Hall on his outside.

The line came just in time for Vercingetorix to hold on by a short head from No Worries, who might well have beaten Mike de Kock’s runner had he and Wylie Hall not made contact about 100m out. Capetown Noir got third, a head further back, with Wylie Hall the same margin behind in fourth. Rock Cocktail stayed on well for fifth, with Yorker fading late to 10th.

Winning trainer Mike de Kock, who also won the Daily News 2000 in 2010 with Irish Flame, said: “It’s on record that I said that I don’t think we’ve seen the best of him yet. I would have a doubt about how much further he’ll go than this. That’s got to be a worry. However, we’ll probably have to ride him differently. He quickened too quickly. He was there and when Anthony asked him he shot clear, almost too quickly. If you ran a horse like this in the July, you’d have to consider riding him from a bit more off the pace and be a bit more patient because he has got tremendous acceleration. He’s got no miles on his legs (having run only four times in his career). He spent most of his two-year-old career injured and has had a few niggles and problems. We’ve been playing with him and between the Guineas and Daily News 2000 I haven’t really wound him up that much. I think this horse has still got a bit to come - he’s going to need it in the July.”

Delpech said: “I would have liked the pace to have been a bit quicker, but I was happy to be where I was - I was in a beautiful position. He quickens and gets there very easily and then he tends to loaf at the end. He waited for them to come and wanted to go again. He’s a very good horse. When he learns to race properly, then this will be a serious horse.”

He added that Vercingetorix is the horse “they’ll all have to beat” in next month’s Vodacom Durban July.

Woolavington 2000 (Grade 1)

Honours in the Woolavington went to the Triple Tiara winner’s “bridesmaid” Do You Remember, who beat Blueridge Mountain and Jet Belle by a head and the same margin, with Cherry On The Top, failing to produce her normal finishing kick, another two lengths back.

Priceless Jewel went straight to the front to set a solid pace and at one stage, although she hung out on the turn, she had five lengths in hand over Blueridge Mountain, whose stamina was being thoroughly tested. Jet Belle raced on the rail alongside Geoff Woodruff-trained Do You Remember (jockey Bernard Fayd’Herbe), with Nonki Poo and Cherry On The Top racing side by side further back. Al Kindi and Jet Supreme brought up the rear.

As the runners straightened Anton Marcus, showing no signs of discomfort from the operation he had on his thumb on Monday, allowed Blueridge Mountain to pounce and his mount was soon in the lead. However, she hung out, followed by Do You Remember and Jet Belle and the three surged forward in a line. In the end less than a neck separated them.

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DAILY NEWS 2000 : STRIKE UP THE BAND

DAILY NEWS 2000 (Grade 1)

Greyville, Turf, 2000m

1 June 2013

mick goss
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Mick Goss

Summerhill CEOThere may have been an equal, but I cannot for the life of me, remember a more competitive renewal of the Daily News 2000 (Gr.1). There can be no better showcase for South African racing than a field boasting three Guineas winners, two Derby winners, six Group One aces, and with few exceptions, the principal adversaries in the same events who were simply unlucky enough to be born in the same year. For the Sheikh Mohammeds, the Barry Irwins and anyone else who likes to watch South African racing for potential plunder and international glory, there is no better place to fix your gaze than on Greyville this Saturday.

From a Summerhill perspective, no fewer than five of the contenders were bred and raised on the farm, headed up by the S.A. Classic (Gr.1) hero, Love Struck, the trio of hard-knocking Guineas place-finders, Corredor, Gitiano and No Worries, and the Cape Derby cheque earner, Patriotic Rebel. While there are punters who hold a brief for the argument that if you’re not already a Guineas, Derby or Classic winner in a line-up of this calibre, you’re not in the “swim”, the rate of improvement among three-year-olds is not always the same, particularly at this time of year, so maybe, it’s a case of “all can play, all can win”.

That said, you have to acknowledge the obvious claims of the first two in last month’s KZN Guineas (Gr.2), Mike de Kock’s unbeaten Vercingetorix, and Dean Kannemeyer’s drop-dead-beautiful Capetown Noir, who has looked every bit the “super horse”, only to reveal the odd chink in his armour under pressure. There are those who will tell you that whatever their claims, in Yorker, Geoff Woodruff has the best three-year-old in the land, and while he has yet to be tested in this kind of company, in his races, he’s looked every bit the demolition man going out to do a job, and let’s have no fuss.

Love Struck, Tellina and Wylie Hall carry the flag for Gauteng classic form this season, and its anybody’s guess where they rank with these three. On a line through Gothic (a narrow second to Wylie Hall in the S.A.Derby (Gr.1), and whom we know as a Summerhill Ready To Run Sales graduate, Wylie Hall seems more of a Derby prospect than a 2000 metre galloper, whilst Tellina, whose breeding suggests he should get further, has nonetheless been vulnerable beyond a mile, lurching inwards in the final furlongs of both the Classic (1800m) and the Derby (2450m). That leaves Love Struck, who’s laid his marker down wherever there’s been classic racing this season, taking in the KZN Guineas Trial, the Cape Guineas and the Politician Stakes, the Gauteng Guineas and a victory lap in the R2million S.A.Classic. Now he’s turned up at his home base for the Daily News. At best it’s an arduous ask, and he goes into Saturday’s race without the benefit of a prep, given a well-deserved rest after his earlier exertions. It’s not only the number of times a horse goes to the well, it’s where he does it; he’s been on the go since October, with a six length romp in the KZN Guineas Trial before leaving for the Cape, then having to climb to 6000 feet to claim the spoils in the Classic. There’s no questioning his gameness though; Paul Lafferty disclosed over dinner in Australia this week that the horse gave him a good five furlong sprint the other day, and while it’s anybody’s guess as to how fit he is, he came through it smiling.

This is by no means the end of the line though: Joey Ramsden speaks highly of Silvano’s Jet, Garth Puller claims that Corredor has improved again since the KZN Guineas, and with only two lengths and a bit to find on Vercingetorix and Capetown Noir on their Guineas form, if he gets the trip, the cards could be up in the air.

That’s not all. While the strength in depth is not quite the same, the Woolavington Stakes (Gr.1), the fillies equivalent, is just as epic in its own right. It brings together the hitherto unbeaten Triple Tiara heroine, Cherry On The Top, and the Majorca Stakes (Gr.1) victress, Blueridge Mountain, a clash of two of the best fillies we’ve seen in a decade. While Cherry On The Top is a homebred from Bridget Oppenheimer’s famous Mauritzfontein Stud, Blueridge Mountain is a R2million graduate of the Summerhill draft at the 2011 National Yearling Sale; the former a descendant of a time-honored local family, the latter an Argentinean-born daughter of the three-times champion sire of the United States, Giant’s Causeway. While their backgrounds couldn’t be more diverse, their paths to the Woolavington have converged as a consequence of their abiding class, and we’re looking at two fillies who could conceivably hold their own in the best company in the world. The one thing we know about Cherry On The Top is that under the tutelage of the master, Ormond Ferraris, she has already shown her mettle at the 2000 metre trip. Ramsden has nothing to prove when it comes to the handling of a top athlete, and while Blueridge Mountain’s pedigree, her physicals and her form suggest the distance should be within her reach, that question remains open. By 4:40 pm tomorrow, we’ll know the answer.

You don’t have to have a stake in either of these races to have your eyes on them: any racing fan with a modicum of respect for a good horse will be tuned into Channel 239 when the chips go down before the sun sets tomorrow evening.

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DAILY NEWS 2000 PREVIEW : LOVE STRUCK AND GITIANO

Love Struck and Tellina
Love Struck and Tellina

Love Struck and Tellina fight out the SA Classic finish

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DAILY NEWS 2000 (Grade 1)

Greyville, Turf, 2000m

1 June 2013

Paul Lafferty is currently in Australia at a Magic Millions Sale so has left capable assistant trainer Michael Burns to put the finishing touches to his Daily News 2000 contender Love Struck.

The Summerhill-bred gelding won the Grade 1 SA Classic over 1800m at Turffontein on his last start on 30 March, beating another Daily News contender, Tellina, by a short-head. Burns said: “He’s doing well, he’s well in himself and his work at home has been promising. This will tell us whether he stays the 2000m. I would think that the Greyville 2000m is right down his alley.” The tough Turffontein 1800m is probably the equivalent of a Greyville 2000m in terms of stamina, so Burns could well be right in the latter regard. Love Struck is drawn at No 10 and Sean Cormack rides.

Love Struck, on 103, is rated 3,5kg inferior to the 110 merit-rated Capetown Noir. However, Gitiano, who finished 2,25 lengths behind Love Struck the SA Classic, was only 3,5 lengths behind Capetown Noir when said by the Alec Laird yard to have run a flat race in the Grade 2 KRA Guineas last time out.

Laird has since sent Gitiano for another gallop at Greyville, although the main reason was as a companion to Orator’s Daughter. After the gallop he decided that Orator’s Daughter would not run in Saturday’s Grade 1 Woolavington 2000.

Julia Pringle, Laird’s Summerveld assistant, said: “She was green at Turffontein and Greyville is not an easy course. She is immature and it would have been too much for her at this stage. She will make a very nice four-year-old.”

She said about Gitiano: “He is working well and put up a good gallop at Greyville. He travelled down shortly before the KRA Guineas and the travel might have affected him as he ran a flat race. The 2000m is the top end of his stamina capacity. However, he was running on at the end of the Classic and Geyville is a more forgiving course. It’s a strong field, but he is a nice horse and can run a nice race.”

Gitiano is drawn at No 8 and Nooresh Juglall will ride him.

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JACKSON STRIKES IN DAILY NEWS 2000

Jackson wins the Daily News 2000
Jackson wins the Daily News 2000

Click above to watch Jackson winning the Daily News 2000…

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DAILY NEWS 2000 (Grade 1)

Greyville, Night, Turf, 2000m

2 June 2012

David Thiselton
David Thiselton

David Thiselton

Gold CircleJackson (SAF) justified his short odds at Greyville Saturday when powering clear to win the Grade 1 Daily News 2000 in emphatic fashion under jockey Karis Teetan and he stamped his Vodacom Durban July credentials in the process.

The Brett Crawford-trained Dynasty colt has only had seven career starts but has now won five races in all including two Grade 1’s. Jackson has been the ruling July favourite since the betting opened and the bookmakers shortened him into 16-10 after Saturday’s race.

Jackson started the Daily News 2000 at cramped odds of 1-3, not surprisingly considering he was merit rated eight points higher than any other horse in the field. He jumped well from his number two draw to get the rail and was soon tracking the pacemaker, the Mike de Kock-trained Vettel. Karis Teetan switched Jackson out in the straight and he had soon drawn along side Vettel before kicking again at the 200m mark to draw clear and win comfortably. The Sean Tarry-trained Whiteline Fever had run on well from the back, moving into second place at one stage, but Vettel fought back well to be second at the line, while the Gavin van Zyl-trained Shogunnar ran on strongly to pip Whiteline Fever for third place. Shogunnar had only had three starts before this race and this excellent effort might see him start favourite for his next intended target, the Grade 2 Gold Circle Derby over 2400m at Clairwood on June 24. The Sean Tarry-trained SA Derby dead-heater Pomodoro ran on in eye catching style from the back and this was an excellent July preparation outing.

Jockey Teetan praised Crawford for having Jackson “spot on” for the race and the bay colt certainly impressed in the pre-race parade. Teetan added that Jackson had quickened very well in the straight.

Jackson is going to be a hard horse to beat in the July, especially considering the July second favourite Ilha Bela was unable to win the Woolavington, the previous race, although Pomodoro could be a threat as he will be receiving weight from Jackson in the July.

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2011 VODACOM DURBAN JULY RESHUFFLE

Anthony Delpech celebrates aboard Igugu in the Woolavington 2000
Anthony Delpech celebrates aboard Igugu in the Woolavington 2000

Anthony Delpech celebrates Woolavington 2000 victory aboard Igugu

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VODACOM DURBAN JULY (Grade 1)

Greyville, Turf, 2200m

2 July 2011

Super filly Igugu confirmed her favouritism for the Vodacom Durban July with an emphatic win in the Woolavington 2000 at Greyville on Saturday. The other July pointer on the day, the Daily News 2000, reshuffled the pack of Igugu’s challengers - with 16-1 shot The Apache snatching a thrilling victory.

The Apache’s winning time for the 2000m was 121.21 seconds, compared to Igugu’s 122.62 seconds.

Igugu started at odds of 1-5 and always looked like justifying that support in the Grade 1, 2000m contest for three-year-old fillies.

Jockey Anthony Delpech allowed the Australian-bred to go to the front early on and dictate the pace with her big action. In the straight, she stretched away easily to win by 2.75 lengths from Emerald Cove and her stable companion Berry Blaze.

After the race, Delpech said: “I’ll most probably never ride a filly as good as this in my career again.”

He described trainer Mike de Kock as a “genius” for getting Igugu back into winning trim after a brief rest following her Triple Tiara triumph.

De Kock said: “She was freshened up a little bit and I believe she’ll still get better than this. I’ve always said I’ve never really reached the bottom of this filly.” 

The Apache put himself firmly into contention for the July with his tremendous burst of finishing speed in the R1-million Daily News 2000.

The son of Mogok showed his victory in The Dingaans was no flash in the pan as he came from near-last, about 10 lengths off the pace at the turn, to fly past a host of fellow July hopefuls and snare a coveted Grade 1 victory on the line.

Trainer Gavin van Zyl’s charge nosed ahead of 18-10 favourite Run For it, with English Garden, Black Wing and Gold Onyx next best - all within two lengths of the winner.

Igugu’s odds have eased marginally - from 3-1 to 33-10.

In his post-race comments, jockey Raymond Danielson said he believed The Apache would improve further, this race being his second run after a rest.

Van Zyl said he hoped to “spoil Igugu’s party” in the July.

All the horses involved in the blanket finish have shortened dramatically in Betting World’s Vodacom Durban July betting.

The Apache has come in from 50-1 to 12-1, Run For it from 75-10 to 6-1, English Garden from 14-1 to 10-1 and Black Wing from 66-1 to 25-1.

The big disappointments in the Daily News 2000 were Solo Traveller, Il Saggiatore and M’Lords Throat, all of whom were contesting the lead just 200m out but faded markedly in the final strides. All three have drifted in the July betting.

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THE APACHE SCALPS DAILY NEWS 2000

The Apache winning the Daily News 2000
The Apache winning the Daily News 2000

Click above to watch The Apache winning the Daily News 2000 (Gr1)

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DAILY NEWS 2000 (Grade 1)

Greyville, Turf, 2000m

4 June 2011

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David Thiselton

Gold CircleThe Gavin van Zyl yard celebrated their second Grade 1 win of the season on Saturday, this time with The Apache, who conquered in an exciting finish to the Grade 1 Daily News 2000.

The Apache won the Grade 2 Dingaans at Turffontein in November and was then sent to the Kenilworth Quarantine station ready to be shipped to owner Winston Chow’s home country of Hong Kong. However, an outbreak of African Horse Sickness meant all exports were cancelled and he returned to the van Zyl yard, running his first race for six months in last months KRA Guineas. He over raced in that race and was too handy, so the van Zyl yard were confident he would do better this time.

The Mogok three-year-old colt is not quite as strapping a type as his paternal Grade 1 winning half-brother, Orbison, but he’s very well balanced. He duly delivered under another fine big race ride from jockey Raymond Danielson. Danielson knows this horse very well and would have been confident when he settled well this time even if he was right at the back of the field as he has both a fine turn of foot and is able to maintain a sustained finish. He duly made up the ground rapidly and by the line was flying together with the favourite Run For It, who also came from well back. English Garden had just bettered the eventual fourth-placed Black Wing when The Apache and Run For It snared him on the line.

The photo-finish confirmed that The Apache had held on by a short-head from Run For It and less than a length separated the first four, with Gold Onyx just 0,5 lengths further back in fifth. The Apache was bred by Scott Brothers and now has the Vodacom Durban July in his sights.

DAILY NEWS 2000 (Gr1)

Final Result

#

LBH

Horse

Kg

MR

Dr

Jockey

Trainer

1

0.00

THE APACHE

58.0

107

10

R Danielson

Gavin van Zyl

2

0.10

RUN FOR IT

58.0

111

7

F Coetzee

Justin Snaith

3

0.20

ENGLISH GARDEN

58.0

108

11

K Neisius

Mike Bass

4

0.95

BLACK WING

58.0

100

12

I Sturgeon

Paul Gadsby

5

1.45

GOLD ONYX (NZ)

58.0

96

3

A Marcus

Sean Tarry

6

2.70

WEALTHY AND WISE

58.0

79

8

M Yeni

Duncan Howells

7

2.80

MYSTIC MOON

58.0

103

7

M Mienie

Greg Ennion

8

3.05

ROMAN WALL

58.0

95

6

G Lerena

Sean Tarry

9

3.15

IL SAGGIATORE (AUS)

58.0

102

9

G Hatt

Joey Ramsden

10

3.25

EMPENOSO HENN (ARG)

58.0

83

2

A Delpech

Mike de Kock

11

6.50

SOLO TRAVELLER

58.0

108

5

B Fayd’Herbe

Justin Snaith

12

7.75

M’LORDS THROAT

58.0

102

4

A Fortune

Glen Kotzen

Extract from Gold Circle

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FROM THE HORSE'S MOUTH

Paul Gadsby
Paul Gadsby

Paul Gadsby

(Photo : Heather Morkel)

DAILY NEWS 2000

Greyville Racecourse

4 June 2011 

Amorette Kramer, the girl you talk to at the Summerhill horse office and who greets you with such enthusiasm when you visit, was in touch with Paul Gadsby earlier this week for a report on Black Wing’s preparation for his meeting with destiny in the Daily News 2000 (Gr.1) tomorrow.

Here’s the report :

“Saturday will be Black Wing’s acid test, as he comes up against the best of his contemporaries. I’ve always thought he was Group One material, and a good run on Saturday will confirm my opinion of him. We’re saddled with the outside draw, sadly, but there’s nothing we can do about that, and we only hope he makes the money. We’ve lost his regular rider, Shaun Veale, to injury, but we have a capable replacement in Ian Sturgeon. The horse couldn’t be better in himself, and he’s champing at the bit for his big day”.

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FAME, FAST WOMEN... AND FAIRYTALES

Royal Durban Golf Course and Greyville Racecourse Grandstand
Royal Durban Golf Course and Greyville Racecourse Grandstand

View across the Royal Durban Golf Course towards the Greyville Grandstand

(Photo : The Royal Durban Golf Club)

Woolavington 2000 & Daily News 2000

Greyville, 4 June 2011

The first Saturday in June is famously remembered for the running of the Investec (English) Derby (Gr.1), and its renewal tends to overwhelm all other news events around it. Locally, a breed-shaping duo of races takes its own place in our calendar, in the shape of the Daily News 2000 (Gr.1) and the Woolavington 2000 (Gr.1), as-often-as-not pointers to the outcome of the three-year-old colts and fillies championships.

These take place this weekend at the home of the Vodacom Durban July, the Greyville circuit which lies in one of the most picturesque settings any racecourse occupies anywhere in the world. Those that know the city of Durban, will know the city bowl and the principal residential area, the Berea. The 3000m circuit (one of the biggest racecourses in the world), which embraces the Royal Durban Golf Club and lies between the Berea (a range of hills overlooking the city and the Indian ocean) and the central business district, which means it provides a vista on big race days for many of the residents of the city from their favourable perches on the Berea, the track also serves as a “through road” (via subways) for most of the city’s business traffic on its way home on an evening.

Back to the races. The press seem to think that the Woolavington is a one-horse race, dominated by the irrepressible Igugu, whom as most of our readers know was a R1 million graduate of the 2009 Summerhill Ready To Run draft. She is the first filly in South African history to win the Triple Tiara, and she is the reigning favourite for the Vodacom Durban July. The only question mark over Igugu, lies in the fact that she’s had a very long season, kicking off in August of last year, in her preparation for her meeting with Hollywoodboulevard in the Emperors Palace Ready To Run Cup, and she’s been on the go ever since. If she’s able to maintain her form right through to the July, she’s going to be a formidable opponent for anyone wishing to cross swords with her.

The Daily News 2000 is an altogether different matter, and here, because all the runners in Classics start at level weights, the merit ratings of the horses engaged are usually a good guide. Most of the top three-year-old colts are engaged, and from a Summerhill perspective, we have Black Wing running off a merit rating of 100, earned principally for the fact that he’s unbeaten in his last four starts. He’s a progressive sort, but whether he’s up to beating the likes of Run For It, Top Seller, English Garden etc, only Saturday will tell us. Paul Gadsby, one-time top jockey, raconteur and newly-turned trainer, has fluked this one in his first year at his new profession. “Fluked” is probably not an appropriate word here, as Gadsby chose him and personally rode the horse on the Summerhill Gallops, from the ranks of those that were left on the farm, for a paltry R50,000. This will be some kind of a fairytale for owner Clive Murphy, if Black Wing pulls it off, though he’s not yet faced this kind of opposition. That said, his last run did tell us something though, as he bumped a very promising older sort in Mike de Kock’s Argentinean import, Esteco, on his last outing, and this one has since franked the form impressively on his next racecourse visit.

Black Wing’s family goes back just one generation to one of Summerhill’s foundation mares, Final Wonder, the last (and the only) foal by the great champion stallion, Persian Wonder. His dam is a sister to the South African Classic (Gr.1) ace, Last Watch, and she won herself up to 2400m, so stamina should not be a limiting factor.

But the fairytale? We’ll know by 17:23 hours Saturday (Channel 232, or visit www.summerhill.co.za, click blog.)

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IGUGU TO LAUNCH KWAZULU-NATAL CAMPAIGN

Igugu South African Triple Tiara Winner
Igugu South African Triple Tiara Winner

Igugu

(Photo : JC Photos / Summerhill Stud)

WOOLAVINGTON 2000 & DAILY NEWS 2000

WOOLAVINGTON 2000 (Grade 1)

Greyville, Turf, 2000m

4 June 2011

Summerhill Ready To Run graduate, Igugu, will have her first run in KwaZulu-Natal on Saturday when she lines up in the Grade 1 Woolavington 2000 over 2000m at Greyville.

Jack Milner writes for Tab Online that the appearance of the Triple Tiara Queen has unfortunately scared off much of the opposition and only seven runners are prepared to tackle Mike de Kock’s star filly. According to the merit ratings, the main challenger looks to be Justin Snaith’s Emerald Cove but the daughter of Captain Al has already been thumped once by Igugu, and that was in the Cape Fillies Guineas at Kenilworth in which Emerald Cove finished 5.50 lengths behind the Gauteng filly.

All of Berry Blaze, Las Ramblas and Cherry On The Cake have been victims of Igugu and can have little chance of reversing the placings.

Woolavington 2000 (Gr1)

Final Field

#

Horse

Kg

MR

Dr

Jockey

Trainer

1

IGUGU (AUS)

58.0

109

5

A Delpech

Mike de Kock

2

EMERALD COVE

58.0

106

2

F Coetzee

Justin Snaith

3

BERRY BLAZE (IRE)

58.0

99

8

K Shea

Mike de Kock

4

BARBERTON DAISY

58.0

95

1

K Neisius

Dean Kannemeyer

5

WHITE MISCHIEF

58.0

95

6

G Hatt

Joey Ramsden

6

LAS RAMBLAS

58.0

90

3

I Sturgeon

James Goodman

7

SIX BLUE NOTES

58.0

86

7

A Fortune

Glen Kotzen

8

CHERRY ON THE CAKE

58.0

83

4

R Danielson

Gavin van Zyl

DAILY NEWS 2000 (Grade 1)

Greyville, Turf, 2000m

4 June 2011 

The Daily News 2000, however, is far more competitive and that sees Grade 1 SA Classic champion English Garden taking on some decent opposition.

In the field are J&B Met third-placed Run For It, Dingaans winner The Apache, and dual Guineas champion Solo Traveller.

According to Gold Circle, Greg Ennion is also expecting a decent run from Mystic Moon.

The Politician Stakes winner and Investec Cape Derby fourth was one of those for whom Friday the 13th proved unlucky in the KRA Guineas at Greyville last time. Ennion said: “He was right next to Ridethebreeze when that horse took out almost half the field. It was Mystic Moon’s first time at Greyville and his first time under lightsKarl Neisius told me that the horse got such a fright that he slammed on the brakes. But he has been doing very well in Durban and he has the No 1 one draw on Saturday.”

Marthinus Mienie takes the mount as Neisius will be on English Garden, but Mystic Moon has gone out from 50-1 to 100-1 for the Vodacom Durban July as a result of the Greyville debacle.

English Garden will have to jump from barrier No 12 but that might not be too much of a concern for Mike Bass’ runner over this trip.

Daily News 2000 (Gr1)

Final Field

#

Horse

Kg

MR

Dr

Jockey

Trainer

1

RUN FOR IT

58.0

111

8

F Coetzee

Justin Snaith

2

ENGLISH GARDEN

58.0

108

12

K Neisius

Mike Bass

3

SOLO TRAVELLER

58.0

108

5

B Fayd’Herbe

Justin Snaith

4

THE APACHE

58.0

107

11

R Danielson

Gavin van Zyl

5

MYSTIC MOON

58.0

103

1

M Mienie

Greg Ennion

6

IL SAGGIATORE (AUS)

58.0

102

10

G Hatt

Joey Ramsden

7

M’LORDS THROAT

58.0

102

4

A Fortune

Glen Kotzen

8

BLACK WING

58.0

100

13

I Sturgeon

Paul Gadsby

9

GOLD ONYX (NZ)

58.0

96

3

A Marcus

Sean Tarry

10

ROMAN WALL

58.0

95

6

G Lerena

Sean Tarry

11

A KING IS BORN

58.0

87

7

S Randolph

Alyson Wright

12

EMPENOSO HENN (ARG)

58.0

83

2

A Delpech

Mike de Kock

13

WEALTHY AND WISE

58.0

79

9

M Yeni

Duncan Howells

Extract from Tab Online

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IRISH FLAME : DAILY NEWS 2000 VIDEO AND RESULT

irish flame winning the daily news 2000 grade 1 video
irish flame winning the daily news 2000 grade 1 video

Click above to watch Irish Flame winning the Daily News 2000 (Gr1)

(Photo : Gold Circle - Footage : Tellytrack)

R1,000,000 DAILY NEWS 2000 (Gr1)

Greyville, Turf, 2000m

5 June 2010

david thiselton gold circle
david thiselton gold circle

David Thiselton Gold CircleThe Mike de Kock magic was on display at Greyville on Saturday as his horsesIrish Flame andBold Silvano, piloted by Kevin Shea and Anthony Delpech respectively, ran a one-two in the  R1 million Daily News 2000 (Grade 1).

The hotpot favourite Noordhoek Flyer, who went into the race as ruling favourite for the 2010 Vodacom Durban July, lost a shoe in the running, but even then was disappointing in fourth place.

Kevin Shea said about Irish Flame, who went into the race as July second favourite having been a facile winner of the SA Derby in very soft going in his last start. “This was the test to see whether he would handle Greyville and whether he would like fast ground. He proved he could do both. He showed a very good turn of foot at the top of the straight.”

Karl Neisius, who rode Noordhoek Flyer said: “I was a bit disappointed as he didn’t kick all the way to the line. He might not have seen it out but it’s difficult to tell as he did lose the shoe.”

Al’s Deputy led them in the running with Conquered Dream at his quarters. Irish Flame travelled comfortably one or two wide in about fifth place. The eventual third-placed Mike Miller-trained Lizarre was just behind him with Noordhoek Flyer next best about six lengths off the lead. Bold Silvano was further back. Turning for home Irish Flame quickened well and hit the front. Noordhoek Flyer had to go between runners but looked to have every chance. However, it was Bold Silvano who loomed up from behind to become Irish Flame’s only danger. Irish Flame fought off the challenge to win by 0,25 lengths, while the confidence from the Mike Miller yard during the week proved on the mark as Lizarre finished strongly to just pip Noordhoek Flyer for third place. The outsider Al’s Deputy finished fifth to earn a Graded stakes cheque at huge odds for the second time in succession.

Irish Flame is owned by Larry Nestadt, Bernard Kantor, Gary Barber and Percy von Molendorff and was bred by Millennium Stud. Larry Nestadt was on course, while Bernard Kantor was of course at the Epsom Derby in England, which is now sponsored by his company Investec.

RACE RESULTS

#

LBH

Horse

Kg

MR

Dr

Jockey

Trainer

1

0.00

IRISH FLAME

58.0

112

7

K Shea

Mike de Kock

2

0.25

BOLD SILVANO

58.0

107

11

A Delpech

Mike de Kock

3

3.00

LIZARRE

58.0

103

3

A Forbes

Michael Miller

4

3.50

NOORDHOEK FLYER (SNL)

58.0

112

6

K Neisius

Dean Kannemeyer

5

4.50

AL’S DEPUTY

58.0

105

13

*A Domeyer

Kumaran Naidoo

6

4.60

CLUB VICTOR

58.0

94

2

R Fourie

Terry Lowe

7

4.70

BULSARA

58.0

107

1

G lerena

Gavin van Zyl

8

5.20

IWANNADANCE

58.0

105

9

S Randolph

Roy Magner

9

8.95

DELLOTTO

58.0

100

5

M Yeni

Kumaran Naidoo

10

9.20

KING FERNANDO

58.0

96

10

I Sturgeon

Doug Campbell

11

9.45

ILIAD

58.0

105

12

G Wrogemann

Robbie Sage

12

11.70

SMANJEMANJE

58.0

102

8

G Figueroa

Tyrone Zackey

13

12.95

CONQUERED DREAM (AUS)

58.0

96

4

A Marcus

Charles Laird

Daily News 2000 and Woolavington Stakes

Zirconeum
(Photo : Gold Circle)

 “BIG RACE DAYS : ALWAYS A CAUSE CELEBRE FOR VUMA”

Those who read the Sporting Post will undoubtedly know by now that, come the big days, there’s always a drum banging for horses that know the taste of Africa’s finest horsefeed.

Saturday’s gathering of the best three-year-olds in the land, witnessed the renewal of the Daily News 2000 (Gr.1) and the Woolavington Stakes (Gr.1), an assembly of the best colts and fillies respectively and the principal trials for the sophomore generation aiming at the biggest horse race in Africa, the Vodacom Durban July.

There was nothing really surprising about the outcome of either, as the winners represented some of the best form of the season, with Big City Life taking the colt’s version, and Zirconeum, bred across the valley from Summerhill by our neighbours, Karen and Warwick Render at Bush Hill Stud, snatching the laurels in the fillies’ version.

What wasn’t surprising though, was that the first three home in the Daily News 2000 were all sustained by Vuma (Big City Life trained by Glen Kotzen, Dan De Lago (Charles Laird) and Captain Scott (Alec Laird) while Zirconeum, the little filly with the heart of a giant, was another feather in the already substantial cap of Mike de Kock.

No doubt, knowing the protagonists, these fellows will all march on to the Greyville track on the first Saturday in July to the Vodacom jingle.