His­tory beck­ons for Mr Win­some

The Star Early Edition - - RACING - DAVID THISELTON

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.

Power King

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.”

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