Tarry pair to fight it out

The Star Early Edition - - RACING - DAVID THISELTON

THE big ques­tion in the Gr 1 Bet­ting World Cape Fly­ing Cham­pi­onships on Satur­day is whether the coun­try’s high­est rated sprinter Trip To Heaven will find the 1 000m trip too sharp.

The bril­liant five-year-old Trippi geld­ing is likely at his best be­tween 1 200m and 1 400m and tends to lose a cou­ple of lengths at the start.

He lost two lengths as usual in the Gr 2 Di­a­dem over 1 200m last time and also ap­peared to peck.

He then moved over from the in­side to the per­ceived bet­ter go­ing to­wards the out­side, so was prob­a­bly a good six lengths off the lead in the ini­tial stages.

How­ever, he hit the front just be­fore the 200m mark, us­ing his phe­nom­e­nal turn of foot, and went on to win by 3,75 lengths.

Over this trip and with the same luck in run­ning he could mow them down again, al­beit later in the race.

The wind at this stage is pre­dicted to be a gen­tle south west­erly breeze and it might not be nec­es­sary for jock­eys to seek pro­tec­tion from the wind on the Stand­side.

If that is the case, Trip To Heaven’s num­ber two draw might not be a dis­ad­van­tage.

S’Manga Khu­malo will not be aboard Trip To Heaven as he has been de­clared to ride the three time Gr 1-win­ning filly Carry On Alice, who is drawn seven. This would be a con­cern for sup­port­ers of Trip To Heaven, be­cause it im­plies Carry On Alice is the sta­ble elect. Bet­ting World duly have her as 33-10 favourite with Trip To Heaven 7-2. Carry On Alice is the reign­ing Com­putaform Sprint cham­pion, which is run over the quick­est 1 000m sprint in the coun­try at Turf­fontein.

She has failed twice to win the Cape Fly­ing Cham­pi­onships, beaten into a close up third both times with Khu­malo up both times.

How­ever, the cur­rent fast con­di­tions at Ke­nil­worth will aid her cause and this her third run af­ter a lay­off.

The Sean Tarry-trained pair might fight it out.How­ever, Ri­varine is still un­ex­posed and could be a big threat, while a num­ber of oth­ers are ca­pa­ble of win­ning it on their day led by Red Ray, Talk­tothes­tars and Gulf Storm.

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