Plans for stars be­ing put in place

The Star Late Edition - - RACING - DAVID THISELTON

THE Markus Jooste-owned pair Le­gal Ea­gle and The Con­glom­er­ate will no longer be go­ing over­seas at the end of this month “bar­ring a mir­a­cle” and the lat­ter will there­fore likely be on his way to Dur­ban to de­fend his Vo­da­com Dur­ban July crown.

Jooste’s May­fair Spec­u­la­tors rac­ing man­ager Derek Brug­man added Le­gal Ea­gle would likely de­fend his Gr 1 Pres­i­dent’s Cham­pi­ons Chal­lenge crown at Turf­fontein on May 6 and a de­ci­sion on the rest of his pro­gram for the sea­son would be taken there­after.

The pair’s in­tended flight to the USA at the end of this month looks likely to have fallen through due to a lack of equine pas­sen­gers to share the cost.

Le­gal Ea­gle found one bet­ter in the Sun Met for the sec­ond year in suc­ces­sion, while The Con­glom­er­ate’s un­placed run proved he was more suited to Gr 1s run un­der hand­i­cap-like con­di­tions, such as the Vo­da­com Dur­ban July.

Mean­while, another star horse in the May­fair Spec­u­la­tors fold, Ta­ble Bay, has the con­nec­tions “flum­moxed”.

He fin­ished a lack­lus­tre sixth in the Gr 1 In­vestec Cape Derby over 2 000m on Met day.

Brug­man said it would be “lu­di­crous” to cite a lack of stamina as the sim­ple ex­pla­na­tion for his last three dis­ap­point­ing per­for­mances, par­tic­u­larly as the Derby was run at a crawl, although he did ad­mit­tedly over race a bit. Sound­ness is also not an is­sue. There has not been a lack of ef­fort to get to the bot­tom of his be­low par se­quence and if a po­ten­tial solution is agreed upon he will head for the SA Cham­pi­ons Sea­son.

The Gr 1 WSB Grand Pa­rade Cape Guineas-win­ner Just Sen­sual fin­ished a dis­ap­point­ing 6,85 length eleventh in the US$5 mil­lion CTS Mile on Met day, but Brug­man con­firmed the plan had def­i­nitely not been to take her to the front, as she had been by Frankie Det­tori.

She will be go­ing to Dur­ban and the Gr 2 Daisy Fil­lies Guineas and the Jon­s­son Work­wear Gar­den Prov­ince Stakes over 1 600m will likely be her chief tar­gets.

Lady Of The House will be join­ing her in Dur­ban. She was a touch dis­ap­point­ing in the Gr 1 Ma­jorca, but the con­nec­tions had al­ways be­lieved she would be a bet­ter filly later on.

The Gr 1 Woolav­ing­ton 2000 will likely be her chief aim.

Det­tori did ride a bril­liant race on Edict Of Nantes to win the Cape Derby. A de­ci­sion on where this horse goes will be de­cided af­ter run­ning him in the Winter Guineas at Ke­nil­worth on April 23.

The fu­ture of Wil­liam Longsword, win­ner of both the Grand Pa­rade Cape Guineas and CTS 1 600m, has not yet been fi­nalised. Be­ing re­tired to stud as a nat­u­ral suc­ces­sor to his cham­pion fa­ther Cap­tain Al is a strong pos­si­bil­ity.

Mean­while, Gr 1 Mer­cury Sprint win­ner Red Ray, who fin­ished an ex­cel­lent third in the Gr 1 Bet­ting World Cape Fly­ing Cham­pi­onship, has been granted de­served re­tire­ment from rac­ing.

He will take up stud du­ties at the be­gin­ning of next sea­son, although it has not yet been fi­nalised where he will stand.



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