Be with Lloyd’s Legacy

The Star Early Edition - - RACING - DAVID THISELTON

THE Listed Um­n­geni Hand­i­cap over 1 000m on the poly to be run on Satur­day is one of many tricky races over the Gold Cup Fes­ti­val Of Rac­ing week­end, al­though Lloyd’s Legacy showed his true colours when a cor­nell col­lar was fit­ted last time and looks the one to side with.

The three-year-old Aus­tralian-bred More Than Ready geld­ing has al­ways shown trainer Den­nis Drier “un­be­liev­able work”, but had breath­ing is­sues.

The cor­nell col­lar was fit­ted for his last start over 1 000m at Scottsville and af­ter show­ing ex­cel­lent cruis­ing speed he then turned it on and won eas­ing up by four lengths.

That was also his sec­ond run af­ter geld­ing and he is now drawn in pole po­si­tion in a race with a lot of pace in it.

He has had one start on the poly and stayed on well for third be­hind his use­ful sta­ble­mate Rocky Val­ley and that was be­fore the cor­nell col­lar was tried.

He car­ries 54,5kg, which is 0,5kg be­low rider An­ton Mar­cus’s rid­ing weight, so there will be no dead weight.

The pace in the race will be pro­vided by the Louis Goosen pair Hash­tag Strat and Ef­fort­less Re­ward and pos­si­bly also from My Pal Al.

Those who be­lieve in the the­ory that day­time poly rac­ing favours front-run­ners more than it does at night will be look­ing to Hash­tag Strat.

She has ex­cep­tional cruis­ing speed and on Vo­da­com Durban July day over course and dis­tance, in a race which was run in the evening, she kicked on for a 1,75 length third from a draw of two.

She now has an­other fair draw of four and is 2kg bet­ter off with the win­ner of that July day race, Horse Guards, and is 0,5kg bet­ter off with At­ten­bor­ough, who fin­ished 0,25 lengths in front of her.

Horse Guards

Horse Guards was drawn in pole that day and found the box seat and has a chance of re­peat­ing the dose from draw two, de­spite the four point merit rated raise.

Ef­fort­less Re­ward has shown the pro­gres­sion of a typ­i­cal Louis Goosen-trained sprinter and only just failed to make it four in a row last time when beaten by the speedy filly Wrecking Ball over 1 000m at Turf­fontein.

The lat­ter fin­ished a 2,5 length fifth in the Com­putaform Sprint and Ef­fort­less Re­ward was re­ceiv­ing just 1,5kg from her.

That form gives Ef­fort­less Re­ward a def­i­nite shout.

She has fine pace and a kick and from draw five Gun­ther Wro­ge­mann might be look­ing to slot her in be­hind Hash­tag Strat, or pos­si­bly My Pal Al, or she could even at­tempt to lead her­self.

On the down­side this is her first start around the turn and her first time on the poly.

My Pal Al was over­taken by the classy Bishop’s Bounty last time when show­ing good pace over 1 200m on the poly and, al­though the lat­ter won com­fort­ably, he is in­ter­est­ing over the min­i­mum trip.

In his penul­ti­mate start he was far from dis­graced over 1 100m on the turf when com­ing from last for a 2,85 length sixth be­hind Som­mer­lied in a race which did not have as much pace as this one.

So from a draw of nine he has the op­tion of try­ing to get over to the front or be­ing dropped out and re­ly­ing on his class to get him home.

At­ten­bor­ough

At­ten­bor­ough will also love the pace in this race, as he did on July day from a draw of six out of 12.

He now has a tricky draw of seven out of ten and is one point higher in the merit rat­ings, but will be fly­ing at them.

How­ever, An­ton Mar­cus has opted for Ll­loyd’s Legacy.

Rod­ney took a while to drop out from a wide draw over course and dis­tance last time be­fore fly­ing home for third to Rocky Val­ley, so with the pace in this race he is a def­i­nite con­tender, de­spite an­other tricky draw of eight.

Isca fin­ished sec­ond in this race last year from draw nine and is now drawn three and two points lower in the merit rat­ings.

He fin­ished 2,5 lengths be­hind Horse Guards on July day de­spite be­ing caught wide.

He is now 2,5kg bet­ter off with Horse Guards, so is an­other strong con­tender.

Clifton Sun­set was un­lucky the last time she went this course and dis­tance but is an­other one who will be run­ning in strongly.

She has a draw of ten and a three point merit rated raise for her last win to over­come, but she seems pro­gres­sive.

Do­ing It For Dan is also ca­pa­ble of a strong fin­ish, but made lit­tle im­pres­sion when com­ing from off them over course and dis­tance on July day.

Lloyd’s Legacy is given the ten­ta­tive vote to win from Hash­tag Strat, with Rod­ney, At­ten­bor­ough and Isca next best, al­though just about ev­ery run­ner has a chance.

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