History beckons for Mr Winsome
THREE-TIMES Vodacom Durban Julywinning trainer Dean Kannemeyer will be hoping history can repeat itself on Saturday and will be relying on the gelding Mr Winsome to do it.
Two of Mr Winsome’s part-owners Roy and Gladys Meaker will also be feeling the butterflies 41 years after their pair of horses Gigantic and Bahadur gave them their first involvement in the July.
Kannemeyer said, “He is looking a million dollars.
“He has had a nice preparation and was most impressive in the Betting World 1900, weaving his way through to dead-heat with It’s My Turn for third.
“He is sound and tough and quickens up well, so we are hoping for a good, clean run race. He has had the same type of program as Power King (2015 July winner) and has not put a foot wrong.
“Edict Of Nantes is the one to beat, but beyond him it is open. If It’s My Turn has a chance from draw 17, Mr Winsome is not out of it.”
Sun Of Africa
Mr Winsome’s last run in the Grade 3 Track And Ball Derby does not look good on paper as he only just got the better of the 89 merit rated Sun On Africa, despite facing him at level weights.
It raised the question whether he preferred more forgiving going as some of his best performances, including in the 1900, have been on rain affected ground.
However, Kannemeyer said, “There was not a good pace and Anthony (Delpech) said he always had Sun On Africa beat.”
Kannemeyer arrived in KZN for the SA Champions Season two years ago believing he did not have a realistic July contender, yet he won it with Power King.
Mr Winsome has a remarkably similar profile to Power King.
The first parallel is he is a four-year-old gelding by the top sire Silvano and like Power King is a typical Silvano in that he keeps on improving with age.
The second parallel is they both produced flying finishes from the back to find the frame in the 1900.
They are both black type Derby performers, Power King having finished a close up second in the Winter Derby over 2400m at Kenilworth.
Both will have only just snuck into the handicap, Power King with the minimum weight for an older male of 53kg and Mr Winsome with 53,5kg.
Like Power King, Mr Winsome will have a KZN-based jockey who had never previously won the July aboard.
Power King gave Stuart Randolph his first July winner and Mr Winsome has the in-form Warren Kennedy aboard. Power King jumped from a plum draw of six and Mr Winsome has a good draw of nine.
Another interesting, if not significant, fact about their respective pedigrees is that both of their 8th dams are by the early 20th century ten-time South African champion sire, Greatorex.
Power King’s 8th dam is the 1909-born British-bred Greatorex mare, Trafalgar, while Mr Winsome’s 8th dam is the 1917born SA-bred Greatorex mare Nasturtium.
The one difference between the pair is Mr Winsome was so far off the July radar that Kannemeyer did not enter him at first nominations.
He only entered the fray at the final supplementary stage on June 12.
He had begun the season merit rated 87 and after two unplaced runs over a mile on the poly had dropped to an 82.
However, since then he has impressed on a number of occasions, including when flying from the back to win the Listed Michael Roberts Handicap over 1750m at Scottsville.
However, his 1900 run was the biggest eye opener as it proved he was more than just a KZN off season performer.
Ten Gun Salute
He is now merit rated 102 and will face the 1900 winner Ten Gun Salute on 2kg better terms for a two length beating, and It’s My Turn on the same terms.
Kennedy has grabbed his opportunity with both hands and as well as riding the horse in work he even goes as far as grooming him and taking him for walks in the afternoon.
Kannemeyer would be particularly glad to win the race for “a great bunch of owners.”
He runs Var filly Mara in the Grade 2 Gold Circle Golden Slipper over 1400m and said, “She is an improving half-sister to Impala Lily but is more rangy and I think she will get a mile.
“It’s her first run out of the maidens, but she has a lovely action and it’s an open race so she can’t be left out.”
He drops Trippi gelding Summer Sky to 1 200m in the eThekwini Sprint. The Trippis love the poly and Kannemeyer said, “He has potential and his last couple of runs didn’t go his way.
“He has to overcome a draw and is maybe best over 1 400m but don’t leave him out.”