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Vodacom Durban July 2015 – Horses 9-12

Preview on Runners 9-12 in the Vodacom Durban July 2015
Courtesy of WINNING FORM


Messrs M I Fullard, J H Drew
& D Watson-Smith

9) PUNTA ARENAS – 33/1
Trainer: Stan Elley
Jockey: Ian Sturgeon
Age / Sex: 6yo / Gelding
Merit Rating: 109
Colours: White, gold diagonal stripes, blue sleeves and cap

Vodacom Durban July Draw: 19
Weight Carrying: 54.5kg

Total Runs: 33
First Place: 5
Seconds: 5
Thirds: 4

Runs at Greyville: 8 (1 WIN, 1 second, 2 thirds)
Runs at 2200m Distance: 2 (finished 6th in 2014 Durban July)

Still loving his racing, excellent prep, 3rd July try,will be running on.

MAGIC TIPS Comments:

  • The first of soon to be retired trainer Stan Elley’s entrants, this Silvano gelding is having his third crack in the July.
  • He didn’t disgrace himself in the farce last year when running on late under a big mass
  • Has has a smart prep, which culminated with him finishing well to win the Cup Trial over nine furlongs (1800m) on this track, four weeks ago.
  • His wide draw is a major concern, particularly as the pace may not be very strong
  • Will be running on, but might be too late.
  • This is his peak run and he meets FUTURA on 4kgs better terms on their J&B Met clash.
PUNTA ARENAS – Vodacom Durban July 2015


Mrs I Jooste & Mr M J Jooste

10) LEGAL EAGLE – 28/10

Trainer: Sean Tarry
Jockey: Anton Marcus
Age / Sex: 3yo / Gelding
Merit Rating: 120
Colours: Emerald green, yellow stars, black sleeves and cap

Vodacom Durban July Draw: 11
Weight Carrying: 54kg

Total Runs: 6
First Place: 4
Seconds: 1
Thirds: 0

Runs at Greyville: 0
Runs at 2200m Distance: 0

Sensational form since returning from break, best handicapped, track & pace only obstacles but respect.

MAGIC TIPS Comments:

  • LEGAL EAGLE will be the most talked about runner & a deserved favourite.
  • This three-year old son of Grey’s Inn has had a sensational path into this contest, having only won his maiden earlier on in March this year
  • He has improved significantly since and crushed his rivals in the Grade 1 Derby over 2450m at Turffontein in late April.
  • However, he was even more impressive when slamming Killua Castle (2nd in Summer Cup) & other older rivals in the Grade 3 Jubillee Handicap last time.
  • The obvious concern is how he will handle this track, but the pace could be the major factor.
  • He is best handicapped and deserves huge respect.
LEGAL EAGLE – Vodacom Durban July 2015


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Maine Chance Farms (Pty) Ltd
(Nom: Dr W A & Mrs N Jacobs)

11) TELLINA – 25/1

Trainer: Geoff Woodruff
Jockey: Johnny Geroudis
Age / Sex: 5yo / Gelding
Merit Rating: 108
Colours: Yellow, black sleeves, yellow armbands, cuffs and cap

Vodacom Durban July Draw: 3
Weight Carrying: 54kg

Total Runs: 24
First Place: 4
Seconds: 4
Thirds: 6

Runs at Greyville: 3 (no placings)
Runs at 2200m Distance: 1 (Fourth in Durban July 2015)

Improved last run after flat penultimate, 4th in this race last year, place chance.

MAGIC TIPS Comments:

  • The fourth of five Silvano’s represented in this contest, the Woodruff inmate produced a quality performance in this race last year under a top ride.
  • The main concern is that he hasn’t won for quite some time but his form since has been solid, particularly behind FUTURA in the Cape
  • He has cracked a good draw this time
  • His new pilot has won the July before
  • The five year old won’t have any issues with a sedate gallop
  • A placing is probably the most his connections can hope for
  • He carries 4kg less this year
TELLINA – Vodacom Durban July 2015 (wearing old colours)


Messrs N M Shirtliff, M J Jooste,
Bryn Ressell & Mrs I Jooste


Trainer: Mike Bass
Jockey: Grant van Niekerk
Age / Sex: 4yo / Gelding
Merit Rating: 107
Colours: White and blue halved horizontally, pink sleeves, blue cap

Vodacom Durban July Draw: 8
Weight Carrying: 53.5kg

Total Runs: 17
First Place: 4
Seconds: 1
Thirds: 3

Runs at Greyville: 3 (no placings)
Runs at 2200m Distance: 0

Likely pacesetter, prefers galloping track but runs for this jockey, watch.

MAGIC TIPS Comments:

  • The likely pacesetter and the only representative of his late sire Jet Master in this event.
  • The four-year old gelding produced the run of his life when staying on for 3rd, beaten 2.35 lengths by FUTURA (4.5kgs worse off) in the J&B Met in January.
  • He has been below-par in his three runs leading up to this contest but showed some improvement behind PUNTA ARENAS (2.5kgs worse off) last time
  • His stable pilot may resort to adopting the tried and tested front-running tactics.
  • He would prefer a galloping track but could enjoy the run of the race.
HELDERBERG BLUE – Vodacom Durban July 2015
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