High ac­tion for Naidoo

The Star Early Edition - - RACING - DAVID THISELTON

SUM­MERVELD trainer Ku­maran Naidoo has al­ways had no­table suc­cess when raid­ing sand race meet­ings on the Highveld and this trend con­tin­ued when he sent out two fea­ture race win­ners at the Flamingo Park Fes­ti­val on Sat­ur­day.

He had three win­ners in all at Kim­ber­ley’s big­gest race day.

Naidoo put it down to sim­ply iden­ti­fy­ing horses suited to sand and said, “The horses work on sand vir­tu­ally every day and those with high ac­tions are usu­ally the ones who en­joy it.”

Naidoo once won the Listed Hamp­ton Hand­i­cap over 1 000m on the now de­funct Vaal sand for three years in suc­ces­sion and that in­cluded a sta­ble tri­fecta and a sta­ble ex­acta re­spec­tively.

Nine of his horses were on a float which left Sum­merveld at three o’ clock last Fri­day morn­ing and ar­rived in Kim­ber­ley 12 hours later.

The first of them to run was the form­less fouryear-old filly Show Me The Light. She raced in the first ever Workrider’s event at Flamingo, a Maiden over 1 000m, and Klein­booi Hlak­abe, hav­ing his first race ride, got her up for sec­ond. Sweet Vit­to­ria then ran un­placed in a Maiden. North­ern Storm fol­lowed by fin­ish­ing a nar­row sec­ond in a MR 72 Hand­i­cap for fil­lies and mares over 1 400m un­der Eric Saziso Ng­wane.

Next up was Royal Zulu Guard, who had fin­ished third when raid­ing Kim­ber­ley in March for a 1 600m hand­i­cap. How­ever, his best form is over a mile and this enig­matic sort fin­ished un­placed in Sat­ur­day’s 1800m hand­i­cap.

How­ever, there was plenty of con­fi­dence in Naidoo’s next run­ner, the Golden Sword four-yearold geld­ing Sabre Charge, who is owned by Alesh Naidoo.

His two pre­vi­ous wins were both over 2 400m and he was backed into 2-1 favourite for the R110,000 Non-Black Type The Depart­ment Of Eco­nomic Devel­op­ment and Tourism Di­a­mond Stay­ers over 2 200m.

The out and out stayer loped along in re­laxed fash­ion in the run­ning and af­ter im­prov­ing po­si­tion to within strik­ing dis­tance he stayed on strongly in the straight to win by 0,2 lengths un­der Lyle He­wit­son.

Roy’s Magic, a dis­ap­point­ing type who had shown a re­turn to form last time out off a much re­duced merit rat­ing, ran in the big one, the R200,000 RA Flamingo Mile, where he was 1kg un­der suf­fer­ance. He was not dis­graced in sixth place.

Roy’s Mar­ciano was next up in the R135,000 RA Sprint over 1 000m. He went in with unin­spir­ing form and duly started at 20-1.

How­ever, he has the high ac­tion Naidoo spoke about and this five-year-old Roy Mood­ley-owned Tore­ador geld­ing ran on strongly un­der Ng­wane to win by 1,25 lengths.

Naidoo and Mood­ley then com­bined again to win a MR 66 Hand­i­cap over 1 200m with the Argentinian-bred Tus­can, who was rid­den by He­wit­son.

A few hours ear­lier Naidoo and Mood­ley had com­bined to win a race at Greyville with Roy’s Ye­vahn.

Naidoo’s fi­nal run­ner at Flamingo Park was Roy’s Zaire, who fin­ished un­placed in a MR 62 Hand­i­cap for fil­lies and mares over 1 200m.Naidoo’s out­stand­ing start to the sea­son, in which he has al­ready sent out five win­ners, sees him the Na­tional Train­ers log of the cur­rent one week old sea­son.

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