Trip To Heaven hard to beat

The Star Early Edition - - RACING - DAVID THISELTON

THE Gr 2 Di­a­dem Stakes over 1 200m will be the head­liner at Ke­nil­worth on Satur­day and it has at­tracted a top class field, although some of the contenders might be us­ing it as a spring­board into the Gr 1 Bet­ting World Cape Fly­ing Cham­pi­onships.

The Sean Tarry-trained Trip To Heaven will be hard to beat, es­pe­cially con­sid­er­ing this is his chief tar­get for the Cape Sum­mer Of Cham­pi­ons Sea­son.

Tarry be­lieves the 1 000m trip of the Cape Fly­ing is too short for the bril­liant five-year-old Trippi geld­ing, whose op­ti­mum trip is prob­a­bly 1 400m.

He does hold an en­try in the Cape Fly­ing, but is not a cer­tainty to line up.

Talk­tothes­tars

He has a merit rat­ing of 117 which makes him of­fi­cially the best weighted horse in Di­a­dem as he only has to carry a 1kg Gr 2 penalty as op­posed to the 2kg Gr 1 penalty al­lot­ted to all of Talk­tothes­tars, Red Ray and Gulf Storm.

Trip To Heaven beat Talk­tothes­tars by 2,4 lengths over 1 160m at Turf­fontein on San­sui Sum­mer Cup day in the Cit­i­zen Mer­chants.

He is now only 1,5kg worse off, so on pa­per should con­firm the plac­ings.

Fur­ther­more, he has an ex­cep­tional turn of foot and the tough 1 200m of the Ke­nil­worth track should be more down his al­ley than the fast 1 160m of Turf­fontein.

The 118 merit rated Talk­tothes­tars is of­fi­cially only 0,5kg un­der suf­fer­ance with Trip To Heaven.

He is the reign­ing Equus Cham­pion Sprinter and should give a good ac­count of him­self, con­sid­er­ing he was an easy win­ner of the Gr 1 Tsogo Sun Sprint over the tough 1 200m of Scottsville when car­ry­ing top­weight un­der hand­i­cap con­di­tions.

On the other hand he did fin­ish un­placed in two runs over the Ke­nil­worth 1 200m last sea­son. As usual he will not be wear­ing shoes on Satur­day. Gr 1 Mer­cury Sprint win­ner Red Ray is only 1kg un­der suf­fer­ance with Trip To Heaven.

He has shown in the past to be ca­pa­ble of run­ning well fresh, although he does seem to need a run to bring him back to his ab­so­lute peak.

This will be his first run since win­ning The Mer­cury six months ago.

Gulf Storm

Gulf Storm will have a good chance as it will be his third run af­ter a rest over an ideal trip and he was un­lucky last time in the Listed South­easter Sprint over 1 100m, which was also a hand­i­cap mean­ing he had to carry 62kg.

He is merit rated 110, which puts him 4,5kg un­der suf­fer­ance with Trip To Heaven.

How­ever, he was also 4,5kg un­der suf­fer­ance with the best-weighted Carry On Alice when win­ning last year’s Cape Fly­ing.

Search Party is the un­known fac­tor as he beat two Gr 1 win­ners, Real Princess and Gulf Storm, over 1 000m in Novem­ber de­spite only re­ceiv­ing 2kg and 4,5kg re­spec­tively.

He fol­lowed up by win­ning the Gr 2 Bet­ting World Cape Mer­chants, a hand­i­cap over the Ke­nil­worth 1 200m, when 0,5kg un­der suf­fer­ance off a 96 merit rat­ing.

He is now merit rated 103, so of­fi­cially has a tough task, es­pe­cially con­sid­er­ing he has to carry a 1kg Gr 2 penalty.

He is of­fi­cially 7kg un­der suf­fer­ance with Trip To Heaven.

Seven-year-old Tevez loves the Ke­nil­worth 1 200m and showed he has lost none of his edge when win­ning the Listed South Easter Sprint last time over 1 100m with 60,5kg on his back last time out.

He car­ries no penal­ties and is of­fi­cially only 1,5kg un­der suf­fer­ance with Trip To Heaven.

Cap­tain Al­fredo im­proved to run a 2,5 length third in the Mer­chants when giv­ing Search party five lengths, but like the lat­ter has a tough task at the weights here even off his 107 merit rat­ing.

Vic­to­ri­ous Jay

Vic­to­ri­ous Jay was fourth in the Mer­chants so on pa­per has a very tough task.

How­ever, in his favour is he is not fully ex­posed over sprints, hav­ing raced over fur­ther for most of last sea­son, and this is his third run af­ter a six month lay­off. He could be the dark horse. Ex­elero, La Favourari and Line Break are fully ex­posed in sprints and would be shock win­ners, while Bril­liant Crim­son and Pur­ple Moun­tains, who are drop­ping back in trips, have hope­less tasks at the weights.

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