Craw­ford eyes R2R dou­ble

The Star Early Edition - - RACING - DAVID THISELTON

PHILLIPPI-BASED trainer Brett Craw­ford (pic­tured) en­joyed a hal­cyon day at last year’s Lanz­erac meet­ing, win­ning the R2 mil­lion Ready To Run (R2R) Stakes with Cap­tain Amer­ica and the Se­lan­gor Cup with De Kock, and he has a chance of another fea­ture race dou­ble at this year’s meet­ing on Satur­day.

His im­pres­sive Dy­nasty filly Alexis is a lead­ing con­tender in the Ready To Run Stakes over 1 400m and both Cap­tain Amer­ica and Gr 1 win­ner Fu­tura have a chance of win­ning the Gr 2 Lanz­erac Le Gen­eral Green Points Stakes over 1 600m.

Craw­ford said about the ath­letic filly who could main­tain his un­beaten record in the Ready To Run Stakes, “Alexis has won both of her last two starts well and she shows us a lot at home. It will be a tough test against the boys but she is drawn well and is fit and well, so we are ex­pect­ing a good run.’’

She showed a fine turn of foot first time out of the maidens in a MR 79 hand­i­cap over 1200m against some use­ful older fil­lies and won by 2,25 lengths, de­spite hav­ing been awarded an 85 merit rat­ing for her facile maiden win over 1 300m at Dur­banville.

On pedi­gree Alexis will have no prob­lem with the trip at all as she is out of a half-sis­ter by Pa­rade Leader to the stakes win­ning Wi­nona, who won from 1 600m to 2 600m.

She is drawn su­perbly in bar­rier two with Corné Orf­fer up and should be do­ing her best work at the fin­ish.

Fil­lies re­ceive 2,5kg from the boys and have a fine record in the coun­try's big sales races, hav­ing won half of the eight re­newals of Turf­fontein’s lu­cra­tive Em­peror’s Palace Ready To Run Cup.

Craw­ford said about the Cap­tain Al geld­ing Cap­tain Amer­ica and the Dy­nasty colt Fu­tura, who are both mak­ing their sea­sonal reap­pear­ances, “They are both very well and have come on beau­ti­fully.

“It's ob­vi­ously their first run but both are ex­actly where I want them to be and they are go­ing to be com­pet­i­tive on Satur­day.’’

Orf­fer, who has filled in for the side­lined Glen Hatt as Craw­ford's sta­ble jockey, is aboard Cap­tain Amer­ica and Craw­ford ex­plained, “Corné knows that Fu­tura is Glen's horse so he would rather stick with Cap­tain Amer­ica than be re­placed when Glen re­turns.’’

Bernard Fayd’Herbe rides Fu­tura from a wide draw of ten and Cap­tain Amer­ica hasn't fared much bet­ter in bar­rier 9. How­ever, both horses have a tremen­dous turn of foot and will likely be run­ning on.

Fu­tura, third in the Vodacom Dur­ban July and win­ner of the Gr 1 Cham­pi­ons Cup over 1 800m, is merit rated 113, just one point be­low Equus Horse Of The Year Leg­is­late, who also lines up in the Green Point. Cap­tain Amer­ica, who is a twice Gr 1 run­ner up, en­joyed no luck at all in the July and is merit rated 106. He is a big horse and will likely en­joy be­ing back on his home, left-handed course.

Craw­ford men­tioned some of his other run­ners on the day, “Se­cret So­ci­ety will run well and Pre­scient has a chance. Zacharias has a big weight, but is do­ing very, very well. She likes run­ning fresh and over the tough Ke­nil­worth 1 200m should be in the shake up.’’

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