S’Manga goes for glory... again

The New Age (KwaZulu-Natal) - - News - TNA RE­PORTER

FOR­MER South African cham­pion jockey S’Manga “Bling” Khu­malo will have his eye on an­other record in the Vo­da­com Dur­ban July at Greyville to­mor­row when he at­tempts to be­come the first black jockey to win Africa’s big­gest race twice.

Khu­malo, who passed the post first on Heavy Metal in 2013, part­ners the very lightly raced and highly rated cur­rent favourite Al Sa­hem for trainer Sean Tarry and owner Sheikh Mo­hamed Bin Khal­ifa al Mak­toum from Dubai’s royal fam­ily.

The three-year-old son of Count DuBois only made his first race­course ap­pear­ance in De­cem­ber and has since won three of his six starts, in­clud­ing the Grade 1 SA Derby.

It will take all of Khu­malo’s ex­per­tise in the sad­dle to get the in­ex­pe­ri­enced colt to greet the judges first.

Trainer Tarry is also con­cerned about Al Sa­hem’s draw.

“I’m not really happy with Al Sa­hem’s draw. No1 is a tricky gate for him be­cause he is a lazy horse and may not be able to hold his po­si­tion,” Tarry said.

Al Sa­hem’s main dan­ger could come from his Daily News 2000 con­queror and fel­low three year old, Edict of Nantes, who will carry 0.5kg more for a half length beat­ing of the favourite.

De­spite a poor of­fi­cial gal­lop last week, his trainer Brett Craw­ford is con­fi­dent.

“Edict of Nantes has come through his last run like he has never run. He is very well,” Craw­ford said.

Umlazi-born Muzi Yeni will fly in from Mau­ri­tius to ride the Dun­can How­ells trained Bet­ting World 1 900 win­ner Ten Gun Salute, who will fly the flag for KZN.

The geld­ing has come in for sup­port on the bet­ting boards and many see him as the dark horse which could up­set the more fan­cied run­ners.

“He’s come through the 1 900 very well. He’s proved he runs bet­ter fresh so it is a mat­ter of get­ting the tim­ing spot on,” How­ells said.

Trainer Justin Snaith has four horses in the race, in­clud­ing the “talk­ing horse” Black Arthur, Master Sabina, Kram­bam­buli and last year’s fourth placed run­ner It’s My Turn.

Black Arthur has re­ceived tons of bet­ting sup­port and has been backed into sec­ond favourite while Snaith’s other fan­cied run­ner, It’s My Turn, rid­den by last year’s win­ning jockey, Piere Stry­dom, could just have his turn in the No 1 box.

“The three year olds are slung in this year. It’s like the hand­i­cap­pers for­got to give them weight.

“They are rated as if they aren’t re­mark­able. Luck­ily I’ve brought a cou­ple of four year olds who are well weighted. If they weren’t they wouldn’t have a chance,” Snaith said.

Of course, he said, the outcome will “de­pend on the run­ning of the race be­cause it’s im­pos­si­ble to pre­dict in a rough-run race. Luck in run­ning will count for lots.”

An­other three-year-old colt, R5.3m year­ling purchase Hori­zon, is heav­ily fan­cied by his sta­ble to run a cracker.

“I think out of our three run­ners, at the weights, he’s got the best chance, even from that draw,” as­sis­tant trainer Robert Fay­d­herbe said.

“But the weight ad­van­tage brings him close enough to his fel­low three year olds to con­sider him a huge dan­ger with a bit of luck in run­ning.”

Oth­ers to make a note of in­clude the Candice Bass-Robin­son trained filly Nightin­gale, last year’s run­ner-up Marinaresco, Tarry’s three-year-old filly Safe Har­bour and last year’s win­ner The Con­glom­er­ate. – 701110

VIC­TORY CHARGE: S’Manga Khu­malo will chase a sec­ond win in the July to­mor­row when he rides favourite Al Sa­hem for Sean Tarry.

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