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.

Louis Burke rides MAC DE LAGO Dur­banville to­day. at

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