Charles starts his journey
CHARLES begins his journey to what could lead to the Cape Guineas in the Settlers Trophy Handicap at Durbanville tomorrow. No prizes for originality to the race names department – just four days after the real Settlers Trophy – but this 1 400m handicap sees the R6 million purchase in with bottom weight and joint second favourite at 3-1.
He was good enough to win first time and then take a more than respectable third to One World in the Langerman.
“It is not easy to find races for him but we have a programme mapped out and this is the first leg,” says Brett Crawford.
“He is taking on experienced horses and it will be a nice test for him.
“He has only had the one grass gallop since the Langerman but he is very well and I am certainly happy with him.”
Francois Herhodlt takes over because stable jockey Corne Orffer has to really struggle to do 52kg and Crawford does not want the colt to have to carry even half a kilo overweight. But can he win?
He is rated 92, the same as Hemmingway but nine points inferior to Mac De Lago, and gets the weight for age allowances from his rivals – and at this stage he has more potential than any of them.
But the one that appeals most of all is Jailhouse Rock.
Justin Snaith said in a Tellytrack interview on Saturday that anyone who made money that day should play up their winnings at tomorrow’s meeting.
Seemingly he expects to have a good day.
He did not specifically mention this horse but the colt was unable to get a clear run when beaten a short head by Hemmingway last time and is half a kilo better.
Admittedly that was three months ago but at 28-10 Fourie’s mount is taken to win.
Hemmingway is joint 3-1 second favourite with Charles and Andre Nel expects him to run a big race.
“He had two weeks in a paddock (after his last run) and has had two gallops since.
“One of those was here and he went well. This is his trip.”
There is no such confidence behind 10-1 top weight Mac De Lago.
“His prep has gone haywire,” admits Dan Katz. “I was hoping to get two races into him before the Algoa Cup but both were cancelled so I am using this as his prep run.”
A much bigger danger is Zeb who is on a hat-trick after two wins over this trip and Greg Cheyne’s mount has been backed from 5-1 to 7-2 with World Sports Betting.
Front And Centre carries a firsttime-out-of-the-maidens warning in the 1400m handicap (race seven) but she won so well on debut that she should go in again. She has already been backed from 22-10 to 15-10.
Stable companion Engage And Beware appeals at 3-1 in the first while Minona looks another for the Snaith Fourie combination in race two.