On Saturday, there will be a massive R1 300 000 up for grabs in the Punters' Challenge.
|RACE 1||NATIVE TONGUE||SILVER OPERATOR||CAT DADDY|
|11:35||11 Fourie R||12 Van Niekerk G||10 Yeni M|
|RACE 2||SPYDAS CORNER||NO LAYING UP||VALYRIAN KING|
|12:10||5 De Melo K||11 Van Niekerk G||12 Yeni M|
|RACE 3||REMEMBER WHEN||TWICE THE TRIP||CRIMSON CAUSEWAY|
|12.45||6 Lerena G||1 Hewitson L||10 Kennedy W|
|RACE 4||ISIVUNGUVUNGU||IT’S ABOUT TIME||BON VIVANT|
|13.20||8 Dillon D||12 Fourie R||4 Lerena G|
|RACE 5||RAIN IN HOLLAND||SUPREME QUEST||KAILENE|
|13.55||7 Hewitson L||1 Fourie R||4 Yeni M|
|RACE 6||WATERBERRY LANE||GOOD TRAVELLER||WILLIAM ROBERTSON|
|14.30||10 De Melo K||13 Van Niekerk G||4 Munger R|
|RACE 7||DON’T LOOK BACK||NEBRAAS||AFRICAN ADVENTURE|
|15.05||3 Khumalo S||14 Hewitson L||1 Yeni M|
|RACE 8||RIO QUERARI||KASIMIR||AL SAKEET|
|15.47||3 Van Niekerk G||8 Fourie R||12 Zackey C|
|RACE 9||GOT THE GREENLIGHT||CATCH TWENTYTWO||DO IT AGAIN|
|16.25||4 Yeni M||5 Lerena G||9 Fourie R|
|RACE 10||SUMMER PUDDING||SHE’S A KEEPER||SCENTED MISTRESS|
|17.00||13 Kennedy W||2 Khumalo S||5 Jacobs J|
The form line for the Listed Compendium Insurance Brokers Handicap may be worth following. Despite racing wide in the race referred to above, NATIVE TONGUE got up where it matters most. He has won twice from three starts on this course. The son of Master Of My Fate is having his second run after a rest and should notch up his fifth career victory.
SILVER OPERATOR finished 0.2 lengths behind the top choice last time. He is 0.5kgs better off at the weights today, but has a wide draw to overcome. He tries the polytrack for the first time and if suited to the surface, he should be competitive.
CAT DADDY finished 1.4 lengths behind the top selection. He is 1kg better off at the weights and should finish closer as a result.
SPYDAS CORNER should have finished closer in the Non-Black Type Durban Dash last time as he was bumped at the 300m mark. He has won three times and finished second once from as many starts over this distance. Two of his career victories have come on this course and he can add to that tally today.
NO LAYING UP was not disgraced when finishing just under 2 lengths behind Battle Force in the Grade 1 Golden Horse Sprint. It must be noted that multiple horses from that form line have come out and won since. He tries the polytrack and if suited to the surface, he should pose a massive threat.
VALYRIAN KING is a speedy sort with some good recent form lines to his credit. He has won four times, finished second twice and third twice from 12 starts over this distance. If all went well with his travels, he should give a good account of himself.
REMEMBER WHEN won a good race on debut over 1160m at Turffontein. Despite hanging from the 400m mark, she showed good guts to notch up the victory. The daughter of William Longsword would have gained from the experience and could be anything. Gavin Lerena takes the ride and she can remain unbeaten.
TWICE THE TRIP was not disgraced in the Grade 2 Golden Horseshoe last time. Her victory in the Listed Devon Air Stakes prior to that outing was encouraging. She should have no issues with the drop in trip and from pole position, she should be competitive.
CRIMSON CAUSEWAY produced a decent effort when finishing fourth in the Grade 1 Allan Robertson Championship last time. She shows good speed in her races and with Warren Kennedy back in the saddle, she may be hard to peg back.
ISIVUNGUVUNGU produced a decent effort in the Grade 1 Gold Medallion last time. It must be noted that there have been multiple horses that have come out and won since. The son of What A Winter won on debut on this course and looks to have some class about him. With a bit of luck in running, he may be the one to beat.
IT’S ABOUT TIME ran on well when finishing fourth in the Grade 2 Golden Horseshoe last time. The son of Oratorio should have no issues with the drop back to the six furlongs. Should the top choice fluff his lines, he may be the one to pick up the pieces.
BON VIVANT is a filly taking on the males. She followed up her maiden win with a good second-place finish over 1160m at Turffontein. She will receive her 2.5kgs sex allowance and should be involved in the fight to the finish.
RAIN IN HOLLAND has won her last four starts in fine fashion. The manner in which she quickened up when beating the males last time was impressive. The daughter of Duke Of Marmalade faces her toughest test to date, but she has plenty of class about her and should notch up her fifth career victory.
SUPREME QUEST was an easy winner of her last start over 1300m on this course. The daughter of Querari tries the mile for the first time and should be one of the leading contenders.
KAILENE found one too good in the form of Desert Miracle in the Grade 2 Golden Slipper last time. The manner in which she finishes off her races suggests that she will love the step up to the mile. Muzi Yeni retains the ride and the combination merit healthy respect.
WATERBERRY LANE was given a peach of a ride when winning the Grade 2 Golden Horseshoe last time. Despite getting squeezed at the start, the manner in which he ran on at the business end caught the eye. The son of Soft Falling Rain should love the step up to the mile and with a bit of luck in running, he should be the one to beat.
GOOD TRAVELLER finished 1 length behind the top choice in the race referred to above. The son of Visionaire should love the extra furlong on offer this afternoon and merits healthy respect.
WILLIAM ROBERTSON followed up his maiden win with a good third-place finish over 1300m on this course. He tries the mile and takes on stronger, but he looks to have ability and may be up to the task at hand.
This is a competitive Gold Cup field and caution is advised. The narrow first selection is DON’T LOOK BACK from the St John Gray stable. He is much better than his last two starts suggest. He is unbeaten from two starts over this distance. It is encouraging that S’manga Khumalo steps back into the saddle as he has won five times from seven starts aboard the son of Judpot. He jumps from a good draw of three and can return to winning ways.
NEBRAAS was an impressive winner of the Grade 3 Gold Vase last time. It must be noted that the form of that race has been franked. The son of Vercingetorix will love the extra furlong on offer and with just 52.5kgs on his back, he should pose a threat.
AFRICAN ADVENTURE was given a peach of a ride when winning his last start over 1800m. He finished 4.5 lengths behind the top choice in his penultimate outing. He is 2.5kgs better off at the weights today and should finish closer as a result.
RIO QUERARI was super-impressive when winning the Grade 1 Computaform Sprint last time. He returns from a well-deserved 13-week break today. He has struck up a very good partnership with jockey Grant van Niekerk. From his good draw of three, he should notch up his seventh career victory.
KASIMIR was ridden to perfection when winning his last start over this C&D. He is drawn wide once again, but is likely to adopt the same tactics and will be mowing down the frontrunners.
AL SAKEET has won his last two starts after the gelding with ease. The son of Var faces his toughest test to date, but he looks to have plenty of class and should be up to the task at hand.
GOT THE GREENLIGHT ran on from too far back in the Grade 1 Vodacom Durban July last time. The son of Gimmethegreenlight loves this course with a record of two wins, a second and a third-place finish from as many starts. He won his only attempt over this distance. He jumps from a good draw of four and can return to winning ways.
CATCH TWENTYTWO challenged strongly in the Grade 1 Gold Challenge last time, but found one too good in the form of Rainbow Bridge. The son of Elusive Fort has had a good prep coming into this race and should give his older rivals a run for their money.
DO IT AGAIN was unlucky in the Grade 1 Vodacom Durban July. He is having his peak run this afternoon and will be looking to end his season off on a high note.
SUMMER PUDDING is having her last race before heading off to Stud. She ran a decent race when finishing fourth in the Grade 1 Premier’s Champions Challenge last time. She returns from a 13-week break which may have done her the world of good. She has won three times from four starts over this distance and won her only attempt on this course. With a bit of luck from her wide draw, she should end her racing career on a high note.
SHE’S A KEEPER raced wide in the Grade 1 Vodacom Durban July last time. She was an impressive winner of her four starts prior to that outing. She has drawn well at barrier two and merits obvious inclusion.
SCENTED MISTRESS has good recent form lines to her credit. She was her own worst enemy in the Grade 1 Woolavington 2000 last time as she overraced in the early stages. Apprentice Jabu Jacobs only has the one ride this afternoon and will be looking to make it a winning one.