Henry Tu­dor looks a bet

Diamond Fields Advertiser - - RACING - MICHAEL CLOWER

BERNARD FAYD’HERBE can cel­e­brate his 36th birth­day a day early by win­ning the first two races at Ke­nil­worth to­mor­row.

Both Henry Tu­dor and Bid Be­fore Sun­set have losses to re­cover af­ter start­ing favourite and find­ing one too good for them ear­lier in the month. In­deed it’s a lit­tle sur­pris­ing to see Justin Snaith turn­ing them out again so quickly.

“Fitness,” he replies when quizzed about this. “I want them both to win a maiden and then I can rest them. They are fit and I think they will both be hard to beat.”

Henry Tu­dor has fin­ished sec­ond in all his last three starts but he looked gen­uine enough ten days ago when the form – di­vid­ing Vic­to­ri­ous Cap­tain and Pho­to­copy – looked solid. The geld­ing was yes­ter­day in­stalled 2-1 favourite by World Sports Bet­ting which has South­ern Sun the dan­ger at 3-1 af­ter his crack­ing de­but in June.

Rid­den by an ap­pren­tice, he started at 100-1 and beat all ex­cept White River in a big field that in­cluded (an ad­mit­tedly unlucky) Cot Camp­bell. “He sur­prised me that day,” re­calls Dean Kan­nemeyer who adds that some of his run­ners may need the out­ing af­ter their vac­ci­na­tions.

Bid Be­fore Sun­set

Bid Be­fore Sun­set was a lit­tle dis­ap­point­ing last time con­sid­er­ing how promis­ingly she had run on de­but and, al­though rid­den to lead just over 50m from home, she hadn’t shown the pace that many pun­ters ex­pected.

But she is a warm favourite at 12-10 and the early mar­ket sug­gests that Ca­paill (6-1) is the main threat. How­ever Kan­nemeyer’s Royal Frost (91) is ex­pected to run well – “She ran a nice race last time and she will con­tinue to im­prove,” says her trainer.

One word of warn­ing, though. Nei­ther of the Snaith hot­pots is well drawn – Henry Tu­dor is eight out of ten and the filly ten out of 15. The pen­etrom­e­ter read­ings last Sat­ur­day showed that those rac­ing on the in­side (ie drawn low) had a 5% ad­van­tage over those in the mid­dle and a 6% ad­van­tage had any jockey been fool­ish enough to try to come up the stands side.

Fayd’Herbe has a few other good rides and just pos­si­bly the draw may swing it for him in race three. Cour­tisan is favourite at 33-10 af­ter a bet­ter first run that Spam Alert but Richard Fourie’s mount will start from pen 15 whereas Spam Alert (9-2) is drawn two.

What­ever his for­tunes here, though, Fourie can win the Bet­ting World Maiden on Count­ing Stars who looks value at 5-1.

He was only just be­hind last Sat­ur­day’s easy win­ner Rom­mel in a big field last month and has a rea­son­able draw. Orakal is 18-10 favourite and is the ob­vi­ous dan­ger.

Our old friend Power Grid is drawn ten out of 14 in race seven but last week’s rain will help and he looks worth a few rand each way at 7-1.

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