28.1.2021 07:06 am
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This is the official handicappers’ rationale for amending merit ratings of horses that performed in feature races at the weekend.
Trainer Adam Marcus sprang a surprise this week when he supplemented three-year-old filly Princess Calla into the Cape Met, to be run at Kenilworth on Saturday, 30 January.
Owner Justin Snaith has speculated that this outstanding three year-old may even end up back at his Franschoek home in the stallion shed.
The high quality of racehorse stepping onto the Kenilworth turf this weekend is enough to pull in most racing fans, but extra bait of a predicted R10-million Pick 6 should hook even the most jaded punter.
Summer Pudding’s grandfather had a life with ‘twists and turns Dick Francis and John Francome together would have been hard put to invent’.
An anticipated clash between racing’s famous ‘brothers-in-arms’, Rainbow Bridge and Golden Ducat, won’t be happening in the L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate at Kenilworth on Saturday.
Jockeys are not usually subjects of pity in the racing world – being convenient blame targets for lousy gambles – but right now one does feel a little empathy with them.
The high quality – and consistency – of South Africa’s elite racehorses has scared off the connections of many a potential challenger for the 2021 LÓrmarins Queen’s Plate (Grade 1) on Saturday 9 January.
Only people with an Essential Service Permit will be allowed onto South African racecourses, while Jockeys will have to stay and ride in a province of their choosing.
We might not be allowed onto beaches, and scary new Covid-19 infection rates will keep us away from other public places, but there is no shortage of horse racing action to keep racing aficionados occupied over the coming holiday week.
In what could be a first for the country in 50 years, the Randjesfontein Training Centre near Midrand might be developed into a state-of-the-art racecourse.
Russian Rock’s owner says his conservative approach to racing, and not over-extending his charge is not going to change – even with the coveted Guineas trophy safely in the cabinet.
Music has a calming effect on horses and spinning tunes in the stable is likely to become a new trend in the training of performance horses, including racehorses.
When the Alexanders leave their Turffontein stables, scores of jobs will be lost and a South African family racing dynasty will vanish.