Old cam­paign­ers add sen­ti­men­tal sup­port for race

The Herald (South Africa) - - SPORT - Pun­ters’ Pal

IT must be the mark of a cham­pion when you can re­lax in the Kruger Na­tional Park and your sta­ble still pro­duces three win­ners on the track in Port El­iz­a­beth.

This was the case on Fri­day last week at the Fairview Poly­track when East Cape cham­pion trainer Alan Gre­eff had three win­ners.

It showed that Gre­eff’s sta­ble is a well-oiled ma­chine and it will be very dif­fi­cult to keep him away from yet an­other train­ers’ ti­tle this sea­son.

Like all race­horse train­ers, Gre­eff will only take a short break and I ex­pect he will be in the room of the Rac­ing As­so­ci­a­tion at Fairview to­day to shout home his win­ners in char­ac­ter­is­tic fashion.

Gre­eff does have a very strong hand and the fiveyear-old geld­ing Vous Et Var will have many sup­port­ers in the sprint race.

In his last out­ing, Vous Et Var and his jockey Greg Cheyne did not get their tim­ing right and were too late on the scene to win the Speed­ers Stakes. They could put the record straight this time.

Vous Et Var will be a pop­u­lar banker bet but there are dan­gers, with Villa Del Largo, Zeve­nas­tic and Mir­a­cle Bu­reau among those ready for a big run.

Villa Del Largo is one of three sea­soned cam­paign­ers in the race that will have a lot of sen­ti­men­tal sup­port.

For­mer horse of the year Sir Duke will be a huge fac­tor if he is at his best and it is good to see crowd favourite Go­get­thesh­er­iff re­turn­ing to the track.

Go­get­thesh­er­iff has only had two runs this year and the fo­cus will be on how he gets out of the gates as this has been a huge prob­lem with the Jac­ques Stry­dom­trained star.

Let’s hold thumbs that the Sher­iff does get away on terms and that we can soon see the best of him again.

Talking about Go­get­thesh­er­iff re­minded me of a great time the me­dia had with the Stry­dom sta­ble and some of his run­ners at Mait­land Beach.

The Cape Town rac­ing me­dia were over the moon about an un­ex­pected in­vite from trainer Glen Kotzen to an early morn­ing gal­lop of his horses – but the Port El­iz­a­beth train­ers had al­ready shown the way in this re­gard many moons ago.

Pun­ters’ Pal tips:

Fairview: PA R288 1-2-3/2-3-13/1-2-3-8/1/9-10/4/4-6-7-9 PICK 6 R1 920 2-3-10-11-12-13/1-2-3-7-8/1-4/9-10/1-3-4-5/4-6-7-9

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