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IS RACING A ONE TRICK PONY?

“I recently floated the idea of conducting a ‘public forum’ to establish a blueprint for the future of racing that has sparked some robust debate. One of the questions raised was, are we giving prospective race goers enough reasons to go to the races?’ writes Simon Burgess.

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THE BEACH BEAUTY STORY

This weekend marks the last of the great racing festivals of the current season, but it serves as the farewell to a diminutive conveyance who could literally catch pigeons. Summerhill has been associated with some wonderful fillies over the decades, but even Igugu could not evoke the sentiment Beach Beauty conjured in the hearts of the racing public.

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GLANVILLE GARDINER - "NO WORRIES," MAN

You never wish death on anyone, least of all your good friends. But when the reaper came at last to claim my old pal, Glanville Gardiner, it was a relief to know he’d arrived. His was a victory for those who won’t lie down, for the man who suffers in silence, and who’s going to make a fist of his life, whatever the odds.

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MILLIONS OF (S)MILES

In one of South African racing’s more refreshing innovations of recent years, the KZN Breeders put their heads together 15 months ago, and came up with the idea of a race day dedicated to products of the province. With the co-operation and assistance of Gold Circle, and by redirecting part of their premium scheme as a gesture of appreciation to owners and trainers for their support in the sales ring, they initiated the KZN Breeders Million Mile in 2013, alongside eight R200,000 races over various distances for just about every category of racehorse in the book. In a country in which a Rand buys just about what a dollar does elsewhere, that’s a commendable show.

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NO WORRIES KLAPS KZN BREEDERS MILLION MILE

Gavin Van Zyl’s frustratingly talented No Worries had the last laugh Sunday when storming home to win the KZN Breeders Million Mile run at Clairwood. The 4-year-old son of the ill-fated Kahal slammed the 3-year-old Bezanova and in the process may have sent a veiled wake-up call to the high-riding younger brigade on the eve of the Vodacom Durban July.

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Z FOR ZILLIONAIRE

The Zulus have done it again. As they’ve have been doing since 1893. The KwaZulu-Natal Breeders Million Mile takes place at Clairwood racecourse on Sunday, marking its 122nd renewal, which makes the race four years senior to the Vodacom Durban July; after the L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate and the Summer Cup, it ranks as the third oldest event on the South African racing calendar.

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WHY ZULULAND?

There’s a reason we chose to pitch our tent in this neighbourhood. Summerhill is more than good real estate. Rolling hills and deep complex soils over sandstone and basalt, hundreds of trees and emerald green pastures speak of a bountiful countryside, generous but not soft. With their stately Prime Ministerial residences, their rich racing heritage and the old chapel basking in the lee of Giant’s Castle, Summerhill and Hartford are national treasures.

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OLD WARRIORS DON'T DIE

The dappled light of winter shines down on the tombstones of our fallen heroes, names like, Northern Guest, Home Guard, Liloy, Coastal, Fard, Rambo Dancer, Stronghold, Cataloochee and Bankable whose place in this holy patch owes its existence to the immensity of their achievements.

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DYLAN'S PROMISE DELIVERS BETTING WORLD OAKS

While Hot Ticket stamped himself as one of the best stayers in the country when winning the Grade 2 Betting World Stakes at Clairwood Sunday, 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.

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HOT TICKET TOO HOT IN BETTING WORLD STAKES

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.

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KING OF PAIN INFLICTS GOLD CHALLENGE TORTURE

Last year’s Grade 1 Rising Sun Gold Challenge at Clairwood produced what many considered to be South Africa’s ‘race of the year’, when dual Horse of the Year and now Hong Kong Champions Mile Champion, Variety Club, held off Champion Older Mare, Beach Beauty, by a length.

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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

Extracts from European Bloodstock News

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