Rain­bow Bridge still un­beaten

Diamond Fields Advertiser - - RACING -

IT IS QUITE within the realms of pos­si­bil­ity that the big crowd at Dur­banville on Satur­day will be able to say that they saw the win­ners of both the Queen’s Plate and the Cape Guineas in action that day.

Rain­bow Bridge and One World both ex­tended their un­beaten records to four and the former was al­most un­be­liev­ably im­pres­sive in the World Sports Bet­ting Matchem Stakes, fin­ish­ing with the sort of ac­cel­er­a­tion shown by won­der horse Winx at Flem­ing­ton ear­lier in the day.

Bernard Fayd’Herbe, pic­tured, winning the Matchem for the first time, was suit­ably im­pressed and said: “He is an ex­cit­ing horse with a turn of foot which is where he wins his races. He still gets a bit revved up be­hind the pens, and down at the start I was a bit con­cerned be­cause it took him a while to switch off, but with rac­ing he is go­ing to get bet­ter.”

Ideal World

But the man who has ex­er­cised so much skill and pa­tience with Chris Ger­ber’s Ideal World geld­ing (re­mem­ber how the horse was rested for three months and then a fur­ther six when he went re­peat­edly and un­ac­count­ably lame) didn’t even see the race.

Eric Sands was in the de­par­ture lounge at Cape Town air­port about to board a plane for the States when it was due off and, to his bit­ter dis­ap­point­ment, found that all the screens were show­ing the South Africa-New Zealand rugby in­ter­na­tional.

He tried to per­suade the view­ers that events on Channel 239 were more ex­cit­ing but they re­fused to switch over.

Once he heard the re­sult from as­sis­tant He­len Richard­son, and the spec­tac­u­lar man­ner in which it was achieved, he was mak­ing plans and said: “The ob­jec­tives are the L’Or­marins Queen’s Plate and the Sun Met, and he might go for the WSB Green Point (De­cem­ber 8) but the pro­gramme is not ideal so I might look at the Premier Tro­phy (De­cem­ber 15).”

Tap O’Noth, who was giv­ing Rain­bow Bridge 2kg, fin­ished well to take fourth, beaten less than two lengths, and An­ton Mar­cus re­ported: “He ran out of real es­tate – it was too short for him – but he would have been sec­ond in an­other few me­tres.”

Mar­cus was might­ily taken with the way One World plucked vic­tory from the jaws of de­feat in the WSB First De­posit Match Progress Plate, and rightly so be­cause the favourite bat­tled back like a real race­horse when Kasimir ap­peared to have him beaten a fur­long out.

“Wow. That was a tes­ta­ment to the horse’s courage,” ex­claimed the four­time cham­pion. “Kasimir passed me and went three-quar­ters of a length up. I re­signed my­self to fin­ish­ing sec­ond and then mine fought back doggedly.”

“It was a won­der­ful run and a fan­tas­tic win,” added Vaughan Mar­shall.

“He was way out of the weights and peo­ple were crit­i­cis­ing us for run­ning him here but we had to start some­where and there wasn’t any­thing in the pro­gramme.

“I will have a look at the Cape Clas­sic (October 27) but he gets ex­tra weight af­ter this win and the 1 400m might be a bit short for him. The mile of the Con­cord Cup (November 24 when it re­places the Se­lan­gor) might be more suitable.”

But what Fayd’Herbe had to say does slightly tem­per the Guineas en­thu­si­asm for One World. Asked if he thought Kasimir had it won when he headed One World, the jockey replied: “No. The 1 400m was a bit far for my horse and he got tired.”

Love To Boo­gie

Fayd’Herbe won the WSB Diana on 11-1 chance Love To Boo­gie but An­dre Nel, winning the Grade 3 for the sec­ond time in three sea­sons, said: “I was a bit sur­prised – she gal­loped here two weeks ago and I thought she needed it – but I am hop­ing she will go the dis­tance of the Maine Chance Pad­dock Stakes. I will give her a prep over a mile be­fore that.”

Harold Craw­ford has made a fly­ing start to the sea­son and Dy­na­mite Jack (Greg Cheyne) was win num­ber seven from just 24 runners - “I reckon I have the high­est per­cent­age of win­ners to runners of any trainer in South Africa.”

Aldo ‘Usain’ Domeyer com­fort­ably made it five wins in six sea­sons in the Jock­eys’ Chase de­spite an ex­tra­or­di­nary per­for­mance from the of­fi­cial starter.

Greg Cheyne po­si­tioned him­self half­way up the 100m course but, once he dropped the flag, he turned and ran for the line.

He fin­ished sec­ond with the win­ner com­ment­ing drily : “Greg nor­mally shows no pace.” Maybe next year they will have a stipe as well.

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