2.6.2020 08:57 am
It was smooth sailing at Greyville yesterday as horseracing resumed after a 66-day hiatus caused by the Covid-19 lockdown.
All the rules pertaining to social distancing were carefully observed. Presenter Warren Lenferna wore a Perspex mask while both apprentice Thabiso Gumede and assistant trainer Pat Lunn, the pair who teamed up to win Race 1 on the card, also suitably attired.
Horse racing has held up much better than any other sport in the time of coronavirus.
The widely expected shutdown of South African horseracing – in line with the national three-week lockdown – was announced late on Tuesday night.
Gokhan Terzi-trained Oden is running over his favourite distance and looks the runner to beat at Turffontein on Tuesday.
All racing in the UK and France has been cancelled until further notice, but racing has continued in other parts of the world before empty grandstands.
The change is to accommodate the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic.
A first jockey’s title for Warren Kennedy looks inevitable, and the champion-in-waiting has a couple of excellent winning chances on the Hollwoodbets Greyville polytrack come Wednesday.
The industry announced several measures to comply with the state of disaster in place against Covid-19.
The Cheltenham Festival in the UK is described in polite press as the ultimate test in thoroughbred jump racing – but in grittier, racing papers it’s called an ultimate test of wallets and livers.
There was good news for racing aficionados on Tuesday when colt Ikigai and filly Summer Pudding were named as final acceptors for Saturday’s Classic meeting at Turffontein.
The keenly anticipated Saudi Cup race meeting in Riyadh is likely to go ahead despite the deadly coronavirus scare – thanks to a special royal decree to get around tough travel restrictions.
A 21-point rise in merit rating was the belated prize for three-year-old Golden Ducat following an eye-catching victory in the ARF Commemorative Cape Derby at Kenilworth on Saturday.
Rank outsider On My Mindset a reasonable pace, with Sachdev, It’s Complex, Super Silvano and Parterre all handy.
She was no match for classy Labyrinth last time, but that one appears set for far bigger things and our selection finished well clear of the balance.