Kannemeyer look­ing for­ward to the sum­mer

Diamond Fields Advertiser - - RACING - DAVID THISELTON

DEAN KANNEMEYER’S Equus Cham­pion Stayer It’s My Turn has the Grade 1 WSB Sum­mer Cup “on the ta­ble” although his par­tic­i­pa­tion will de­pend on how well his bar­rier trial next Sun­day and a sub­se­quent prepa­ra­tion out­ing go as well as on dis­cus­sions with owner Fred Crab­bia.

Mean­while, Kannemeyer’s promis­ing filly Hash­tagy­olo will ar­rive in Cape Town for the Sum­mer Sea­son to­mor­row (Wednes­day) and his Sun Met run­ner up Last Win­ter has ar­rived in Dubai.

The six-year-old Dy­nasty geld­ing It's My Turn had a break on Jane Thomas’s spell­ing farm af­ter his mag­nif­i­cent feat of win­ning three Grade 3 stay­ing races in the space of five weeks at the end of last sea­son, the Track And Ball Derby over 2 400m at Scottsville, the Gold Vase over 3 000m at Greyville and the Gold Cup over 3200m at Greyville.

The ques­tion is whether the Sum­mer Cup trip of 2 000m will be too sharp for him, although he did win the Grade 1 Cape Derby over that trip at Ke­nil­worth as a three-year-old hav­ing won on de­but over 1 300m a few races ear­lier.

Fur­ther­more, Turf­fontein Stand­side has the tough­est 2 000m in the coun­try which will be in his favour.

Kannemeyer said, “Ob­vi­ously he’s a bril­liant stayer, that’s bis real game. We will see how the prepa­ra­tion goes and I will dis­cuss it with Fred, but the Sum­mer Cup is def­i­nitely on the ta­ble.”

He is cur­rently the Sum­mer Cup 6-1 sec­ond favourite with the spon­sors hav­ing been usurped at the top of the boards by Cas­cape­dia, who won the Joburg Spring Fil­lies and Mares Chal­lenge over 1450m at Turf­fontein in fine style on Sat­ur­day.

Bar­rier trial

Kannemeyer reck­oned the bar­rier trial would “bring him on tremen­dously” and was happy he would need just one more sub­se­quent run.

He said, “He is a tall, light-framed horse and comes back to him­self quickly.

“He is do­ing well and mov­ing well and we will take it day by day.”

The four-year-old Dy­nasty filly Hash­tagy­olo is un­beaten in three ca­reer starts which in­cluded im­pres­sive wins in the KZN Fil­lies Guineas Trial and the Grade 3 Flam­boy­ant Stakes, both over 1 600m at Greyville. She was ante-post favourite for the Gaut­eng Fil­lies Guineas in March be­fore pick­ing up a nasty virus and which saw her hav­ing two spells in a Jo­han­nes­burg equine hospi­tal.

She re­cu­per­ated on part-owner Bruce Le Roux’s Spring Val­ley Stud farm in Mooi River and showed her well-be­ing three weeks ago when win­ning a Bar­rier Trial ef­fort­lessly over 1000m at Scottsville.

Kannemeyer is not yet sure what route she will take in Cape Town but said she was a 1 600m to 2 000m horse and pointed to her ex­cep­tional col­lat­eral form, in which she has met Fiorella twice and beaten her both times un­ex­tended by 1,75 lengths and 4,25 lengths re­spec­tively. The lat­ter did im­prove sub­se­quently and went on to be named KZN Cham­pion three-year-old filly. Kannemeyer said, “Hash­tagy­olo has a won­der­ful pedi­gree and is an ex­cit­ing prospect.”

Hash­tagy­olo is out of placed Jal­lad mare My Guid­ing Star, who is a half­sis­ter to the top class race­horse and now promis­ing sire, Mas­ter Of My Fate.

Last Win­ter

Last Win­ter, a now five-year-old en­tire by Western Win­ter, fin­ished a fly­ing sec­ond in the Sun Met in just his sixth ca­reer start.

He stayed at Mary Slack’s Abing­ton Place in New­mar­ket dur­ing his jour­ney long jour­ney to Dubai and is now in a box in Mike de Kock’s yard.

How­ever, Kannemeyer re­mains the trainer and will prob­a­bly fly out to see the Khaya Sta­bles-owned horse next month.

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