Soft con­di­tions for Sum­mer Cup

The Star Early Edition - - RACING - DAVID THISELTON

THE go­ing con­di­tions for the Gr 1 San­sui Sum­mer Cup over 2000m on Satur­day at Turf­fontein might have a cru­cial in­flu­ence on the re­sult of the race and at this stage it looks like it might be on the soft side.

Rain is ex­pected in Jo­han­nes­burg ev­ery day this week, although in quan­ti­ties vary­ing only from 5mm to 10mm.

The hot pot favourite Louis The King won't mind any sort of go­ing. How­ever, his most im­pres­sive vic­tory was in the GR 2 Gaut­eng Guineas, when cruis­ing in by over five lengths, and that was run in very test­ing con­di­tions.

Ju­di­cial and Earl Of Derby were well clear of the rest in the Gr 2 Vic­tory Moon Stakes over 1800m and that was run in a "bog".

How­ever the trainer of Ju­di­cial Ty­rone Zackey put that down more to his horse be­ing “very fit’’ rather than any par­tic­u­lar go­ing pref­er­ence.

Bezanova has won in "very soft" con­di­tions be­fore, so won't mind the rain, while Master Sabina has won over 1 800m on the Turf­fontein Stand­side track in slightly soft con­di­tions.

Lock­heed Jet­star has won over 1700m be­fore in "very soft" con­di­tions and that is quite in­ter­est­ing as that is the fur­thest trip he has ever been tried over in his ca­reer, although it was only in a MR 77 hand­i­cap.

Disco Al has won in "slightly soft" con­di­tions be­fore.

As You Like fin­ished a 5,5 length third be­hind Louis The King in the test­ing con­di­tions of last sea­son's Gaut­eng Guineas and is now 5kg bet­ter off.

Bouclette Top won over 1400m in the soft be­fore stay­ing on well for a six length fourth in that Gaut­eng Guineas event and he will now be 6kg bet­ter off with Louis The King.

Jet Belle has won in the soft twice. How­ever, those were both in sprint races and she was beaten seven lengths into third in "very soft" go­ing two years ago in the Gr 1 SA Fil­lies Clas­sic over 1800m on Turf­fontein Stand­side by Triple Tiara win­ner Cherry On The Top.

Athina has won twice over 1450m in "slightly soft" go­ing, but a pos­si­ble con­cern is that in the test­ing con­di­tions of last sea­son's Gaut­eng Fil­lies Guineas she "moved up and found no ex­tra", but then ran on well in good faster go­ing next time to win the SA Fil­lies Clas­sic over 1800m.

Rakes Ch­est­nut ran way be­low par in his sec­ond ca­reer out­ing in heavy go­ing, but trainer Ge­off Woodruff put that down to him need­ing geld­ing. He has never had to con­tend with soft con­di­tions since.

Glo­ri­ous Jet has never won on soft ground be­fore, but fin­ished a close up sec­ond in "very soft" go­ing in the Gr 2 Colorado King Stakes over Satur­day's course and dis­tance.

Sov­er­eign Mint has won over 1400m in soft go­ing, but has never raced beyond 1600m.

Ever­est has won over 1600m in the soft, but has twice been well beaten by Earl Of Derby in soft con­di­tions, in­clud­ing when fin­ish­ing 5,75 lengths be­hind him in the Vic­tory Moon, although he is now 1,5kg bet­ter off.

En­chanted Silk won well over 1800m on Vic­tory Moon day in the soft which could au­gur well for her if the rain ma­te­ri­alises, although this a con­sid­er­ably tougher task.

Kil­lua Cas­tle and the top­weight No Wor­ries have tended to per­form a bit be­low par in soft go­ing.

How­ever, No Wor­ries only ex­pe­ri­enced soft go­ing be­fore his ca­reer turned around due to a change in tac­tics and the statis­tics could be mis­lead­ing.

Bold In­spi­ra­tion is yet to be tried on soft ground.

Wavin' Flag will also be a bit of an un­known as his soft ground ex­pe­ri­ence, in which he per­formed ad­e­quately, only came in his early rac­ing days be­fore he re­ally turned the cor­ner into a fea­ture horse.

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