No Wor­ries leads Van Zyl’s Sum­mer Cup day charge

The Star Early Edition - - RACING - DAVID THISELTON

THE Gavin van Zyl-trained Gr 1 San­sui Sum­mer Cup top­weight No Wor­ries has tar­geted this race from a long way out and the yard be­lieve he will be at his peak.

Van Zyl said, “The top weight has to be a con­cern over 2 000m in ex­pected soft go­ing, but he does now have a lovely draw of eight mean­ing he will be able to be placed ac­cord­ing to the pace.’’

No Wor­ries’ soft ground statis­tics are not en­cour­ag­ing, but Van Zyl said, “It is hard to say how he will han­dle soft ground, be­cause he only ex­pe­ri­enced it be­fore we fit­ted blink­ers late in his three-year-old year, and this horse has dis­ap­pointed ev­ery­time re­cently when he's run with­out blink­ers.’’

Van Zyl has three run­ners in the Gr 2 In­vestec Din­gaans over 1 600m and sides marginally with Pi­o­neer Spirit, although sta­ble jockey Kea­gan de Melo has cho­sen Sun On Africa.

He said, “Pi­o­neer Spirit is very well and was stay­ing on well in the Ready To Run Cup over 1 400m when beaten only 1,4 lengths.

“On a line through Afrikaburn he has a chance and is cry­ing out for the ex­tra 200m. He has been gelded since that last run and we did win a fea­ture with Bul­sara three weeks after geld­ing. Sun On Africa was found out by the heavy go­ing last time and is now hav­ing his peak run. “It’s a lit­tle bit on the short side but if he re­peats his sec­ond place fin­ish to Bezanova he is in the hunt. Iwo Jima was run­ning on when three lengths back in the Ready To Run Cup and the ex­tra 200m, and fur­ther, will suit him down to the ground.’’

The yard have five run­ners in the Gr 3 Brad­lows/Morkels Fil­lies Mile and Van Zyl fan­cied Kileigh ahead of De Melo’s choice Brown Sugar, who is com­ing off a hat­trick of 1 400m wins.

He said, “Brown Sugar will be com­pet­i­tive if she stays the trip. The mile will be right up Kileigh’s al­ley and she won't be as far back as she was in the Star­ling Stakes. Ban­bury has got the form to win con­sid­er­ing Piere Strydom’s aboard.

Cassey O'Mal­ley wasn't dis­graced on her Highveld de­but and the win­ner Ataab then came and won next time out by five, so with ex­pected im­prove­ment she shouldn't be left out of tri­fec­tas and quar­tets. With­bat­ed­breath is a lovely big filly with a huge stride and won her maiden very well. She will hold her own in the company. I think that of the com­pe­ti­tion Smart Call is very smart, Ataab is im­prov­ing all the time, Zrin­ski won her maiden very well de­spite los­ing two lengths, Ta­ma­nee is not out of it and Bi­lat­eral won a Gr 1 beat­ing Alb­o­ran Sea, although I think this will be her tough­est test.

The form­lines are still be­ing es­tab­lished but I think some good fil­lies will come out of this race.’’

Van Zyl runs Mo­have Princess in the Gr 2 Ipi Tombe Stakes over 1 600m. He said, “She is im­prov­ing all the time and find­ing her­self. She has the abil­ity to win a race like this and has her best draw for some time.’’

The three-year-old Pine Princess is cur­rently 3/1 favourite for this race while Mo­have Princess is 10/1.

The lat­ter is 0,5kg bet­ter off with Pine Princess for a neck beat­ing over 1 800m at the end of Oc­to­ber. The weight for age change since then would mean Pine Princess still has the form edge, but there is not much in it.

Van Zyl said about his well-bred first-timer by Ideal World in the last, “The fac­tors against are that it is on the short side, it could be wet, it’s un­der lights and he could be green, but he is a very, very smart horse and I wouldn’t be sur­prised if he popped up.’’

GAVIN VAN ZYL

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