Raise your Hat for Pun­tano

Sowetan - - Horse Racing - By Rac­ing Ed­i­tor

Ar­gen­tinean-bred fouryear-old colt Hat Pun­tano will be run­ning his de­but on South African soil at Turf­fontein to­mor­row fol­low­ing an im­pres­sive run in Ar­gentina.

He has a solid record of four runs for three vic­to­ries. Two of those wins were in Grade 1 races!

“He is an ab­so­lute spec­i­men, he will take peo­ples’ breath away,” said Azzie when asked about Hat Pun­tano. Azzie’s charge doesn’t seem to have much in his favour when he runs in Race 7, but the trainer didn’t shy away from shar­ing how well this colt has been do­ing at home. “Hat Pun­tano is an ab­so­lute plea­sure to train, but he wants you to know he’s the boss,” Azzie chuck­led.

He has a high merit rat­ing and lacks noth­ing in the class de­part­ment but will have a lot against him in this event. It’s on the In­side Track and he hasn’t raced com­pet­i­tively in over a year plus it won’t help that he is badly drawn at No 11 and will have to carry 60.5kg.”

A son of Hat Trick, he will be fac­ing tough op­po­si­tion in in the form of last year’s Grand Her­itage win­ner Ir­ish Pride.

There was quite a me­dia frenzy around Hat Pun­tano when he was nom­i­nated to run in the Vo­da­com Dur­ban July.

Azzie con­firmed that Hat Pun­tano will have ab­so­lutely no is­sue stay­ing the 2000m and 2200m dis­tances.

“We were look­ing at a num­ber of races when we first got him, the July be­ing one of them.

“But for now we’ll see how he per­forms and then we will take it from there.

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