Her­moso Mundo go­ing for ‘Gold’

The Star Early Edition - - RACING - DAVID THISELTON

THE eLAN Gold Cup over 3 200m to be run on Sun­day is the big one in the Gold Cup Fes­ti­val Of Rac­ing and this year’s com­pressed hand­i­cap event is full of stay­ing class.

Her­moso Mundo will be at­tempt­ing to be the first horse to com­plete the “Gold” hat-trick in the same sea­son, hav­ing won the Gold Bowl over 3 200m and the Gold Vase over 3 000m.

His win­ning run in the lat­ter race was hin­dered by in­ter­fer­ence from Cap­tain Splen­did and he would have oth­er­wise won go­ing away.

He is a big, long-strid­ing sort who makes more ap­peal than the Gold Cup favourite Ki­naan on pure looks and rac­ing style, es­pe­cially as he is by Ideal World whose prog­eny ap­pear to con­tin­u­ally im­prove with age.

How­ever, he is 2kg worse off with Ki­naan for a 1,55 length beat­ing.

Ki­naan has looked to be an eas­ier ride with the cheek pieces fit­ted for his last 3 starts.

He has been given a per­fect Mike de Kock-like big race prepa­ra­tion and De Kock is go­ing for his third Gold Cup win in a row and a fifth over­all.

Kram­bam­buli car­ried 61,5kg in the High­land Night Cup over 2 400m at Greyville in April and quick­ened from a handy po­si­tion be­hind a steady pace to hit the front and win eas­ing up by two lengths.

On Sun Met day In the Grade 2 Cape Stay­ers over 2 800m he pro­duced a res­o­lute fin­ish to win full of run­ning.

He beat last year’s Gold Cup run­ner up Helder­berg Blue by 1,25 lengths in the lat­ter race.

Helder­berg Blue beat Ki­naan in last year’s Gold Cup by 0,25 lengths when fac­ing him on only 3kg worse terms than weight for age.

How­ever, Kram­bam­buli must now face KI­naan on 7kg worse than weight for age.

His­tory is also against him as the last top­weight win­ner was 26 years ago.

Cap­tain Splen­did

Cap­tain Splen­did will be a big run­ner, hav­ing lost the Gold Vase on ob­jec­tion and now be­ing 2kg bet­ter off.

He led early be­fore sit­ting on the rail be­hind the lonely leader Ban­ner Hill and af­ter ap­pear­ing to ini­tially be tread­ing wa­ter in the clos­ing stages he man­aged to rally when Her­moso Mundo came along­side him.

There­fore, he might be able to stay the ex­tra 200m, es­pe­cially if find­ing a nice po­si­tion ear­lier from a plum draw, as he did when win­ning the Lons­dale Stir­rup Cup over 2 400m.

Ban­ner Hill wasn’t suited by front run­ning tac­tics in the Gold Vase, but was only beaten 2,8 lengths and is now 2kg bet­ter off with Her­moso Mundo.

He came from last when win­ning the slow run Chair­man’s Cup over this trip.

He used the same hold up tac­tics in the Lons­dale Stir­rup, but off a slow pace over that shorter trip was mak­ing in­roads too late.

My World by Ideal World stayed on for third in the Chair­man’s Cup and sec­ond in the Lons­dale.

He is now 3,5kg bet­ter off with Ban­ner Hill for a 1,15 length beat­ing, but is 1kg worse off with Cap­tain Splen­did, de­spite be­ing beaten 0,5 lengths. He should en­joy this trip.

Royal Badge has an im­pres­sive stride and is 2,5kg bet­ter off with Kram­bam­buli for a 1,95 length beat­ing in the Cape Stay­ers over 2 800m.

How­ever, he has to prove he stays 3 200m hav­ing been a touch dis­ap­point­ing in the Chair­man’s and he might pre­fer a more gal­lop­ing track than Greyville.

Mr Win­some

Mr Win­some, who had no luck in the July, has won both of the 2400m races he has run in, in­clud­ing the Gr 3 Track And Ball Derby.

On pedi­gree this typ­i­cally pro­gres­sive Sil­vano geld­ing should stay the trip, al­though he has quite a wide draw.

Tro­phy Wife is a class act be­ing a lead­ing mem­ber of a cel­e­brated fe­male crop and she ap­peared to rel­ish the step up to 2 400m last time out, when win­ning the Queen Palm car­ry­ing 61,5kg.

She could bow out in style, de­spite quite a wide draw.

Cool Chardon­nay has fin­ished sec­ond in both of his 3 200m starts and the form­lines of both look very strong as he beat Enaad, last year’s Gold Cup win­ner, and Smart Mart, last year’s Gold Vase run­ner up, in the re­spec­tive races.

He has pole po­si­tion draw and like Her­moso Mundo is trained by Weiho Mar­wing, who is a renowned trainer of stay­ers.

How­ever, this Greyville.

Zante won the Queen Palm by six lengths last year and comes off a win in the Track and Ball Oaks.

In both those 2 400m events she took up the run­ning at half­way and didn’t stop gal­lop­ing, so has to have a chance un­der Gavin Ler­ena.

Fran­cia

is his first run at

Fran­cia is 1,5kg bet­ter off with Zante for a 2,75 length beat­ing and beat both Cap­tain Splen­did and My World over 2 400m at Dur­banville in last Septem­ber, but is now worse off at the weights with both of them.

For­tis­sima won the Grade 3 RA Hand­i­cap over this trip last Novem­ber and is 6kg worse off with Ki­naan af­ter beat­ing him by 8,8 lengths in that race.

She bounced back to form last time with a win over 2 450m.

She does take a while to get go­ing in the straight and it re­mains to be seen whether she will be suited by the short Greyville straight.

Let It Rain stayed on well for fourth in the Gold Bowl and is 3,5kg bet­ter off with Her­moso Mundo for a 5,75 length beat­ing.

He is 3,5kg bet­ter off with Mr Win­some for a 4,5 length beat­ing in the Track and Ball Derby and is another who might pre­fer a gal­lop­ing track like Turf­fontein.

The Elmo Ef­fect was beaten 0,3 lengths by For­tis­sima over 2 450m last time and is now 4kg bet­ter off, but he failed in his only at­tempt at this trip in the RA Hand­i­cap af­ter set­ting the pace.

Royal Hon­our has a tough task on her South African stay­ing form.

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