Rain sees Sum­mer Cup post­poned

Weekend Argus (Sunday Edition) - - RACING - AN­DREW HAR­RI­SON

IN­CLEMENT weather has played a ma­jor part in rac­ing this week­end with Fri­day night’s Greyville meet­ing aban­doned after the run­ning of the sec­ond be­cause of per­sis­tent light­ning.

Per­sis­tent rain was the cul­prit yes­ter­day putting paid to the day’s Sum­mer Cup pro­ceed­ings at Turf­fontein, but weather per­mit­ting it will go ahead this af­ter­noon in con­junc­tion with to­day’s Greyville poly meet­ing and pun­ters should take note of the change of times.

Brett Craw­ford’s satel­lite yard got off to a win­ning start last Satur­day when Parabola open­ing the bat­ting for the yard but Craw­ford will no doubt leave the business of sad­dling Hero Quest in the fourth at Greyville to­day to KZN as­sis­tant Pe­ter Mus­cutt.

Hero Quest

Hero Quest re­turns to the track after a five month lay-off but had smart maiden form in the Cape be­fore mak­ing all the run­ning to break his duck.

The son of Ideal World is a five-year-old with only 8 races on the clock so it would ap­pear that he has issues. It may also be sig­nif­i­cant that his maiden win came in yield­ing go­ing. He steps out on the poly for the first time also sport­ing blink­ers, and he could prove the one to beat.

Marsala looks to be a smart filly, hav­ing won two of her three starts for Michael Roberts, and she lines up in the fifth. She was only four lengths adrift of Princess Peach in the Debu­tante Stakes last sea­son and made a win­ning sea­sonal de­but beat­ing the use­ful Fiorella.

She makes her poly de­but from a good draw and looks the part al­though it will not be easy. Ac­ci­den­tal Tourist goes for a win­ning hat-trick and Poster Girl has her sec­ond out­ing for her new sta­ble with Mark Dixon sad­dling a tre­ble last Satur­day.


Cu­mu­lus ran a crack­ing race on the Highveld last time out, find­ing a Mike de Kock cracker in Mu­jaafy too strong but a good field be­hind him. An­thony Delpech is back on board and they could round off the meet­ing for Nathan Kotzen and for­mer Msun­duzi City Man­ager Rob Haswell.

Ge­off Woodruff, South Africa’s ‘Cup King’ hav­ing wrested the ti­tle from Mike de Kock, bids for his fifth vic­tory in suc­ces­sion in the Gr1 San­sui Sum­mer Cup at Turf­fontein to­day.

Woodruff sad­dles two run­ners in Master Switch and Pagoda, the lat­ter pos­si­bly the sta­ble pick.

Last sea­son didn’t end well for Pagoda as KZN and Cham­pi­ons Sea­son proved a bridge too far after a busy sched­ule.

He failed to fea­ture in ei­ther the Gr1 Daily News 2000 or the Gr1 Vo­da­com Dur­ban July, but he had shown in his build-up to Cham­pi­ons Sea­son that he was a run­ner with a fu­ture.

Ear­lier Pagoda car­ried top weight in the Derby Trial which he landed with the min­i­mum of fuss and then ran the Dubai-bound Al Sa­hem to just under two lengths in the Gr1 SA Derby. That run alone stamped him as be­ing well above the av­er­age and to­day he comes into the Cup with only 52.5kg to shoul­der.

Pagoda showed his well-be­ing with an eye-catch­ing third in a re­cent Pin­na­cle Stakes event where he car­ried 60kg, only get­ting into gear when the race was all but over. With that run under his girth and very lit­tle bar­ring JP van der Merwe on his back, he looks a lively con­tender.

Cham­pion trainer Sean Tarry, who ended last sea­son with a record tally of win­ners, hit a ‘flat’ patch re­cently and went over 60 starts with­out a win­ner.

But his pot could come back to the boil this af­ter­noon as he sad­dled 19 run­ners, in­clud­ing the trio of French Navy, Liege and So­cial Or­der in the Cup.

French Navy ran his best race for some time when ac­cel­er­at­ing into third be­hind Hat Pun­tano in the Char­ity Mile but it has been two years since he last found the win­ner’s en­clo­sure.

Ahead of French Navy in the Char­ity Mile was sta­ble com­pan­ion So­cial Or­der who also fin­ished with a rat­tle in a smart cup warm-up. The lightly raced geld­ing has yet to go­ing be­yond a mile and does take on some heavy hit­ters this af­ter­noon but it is not a field that would scare the pants off any­one’s fancy.

Mac De Lago, pro­moted win­ner of the Gr1 Gold Chal­lenge and third be­hind the Con­glom­er­ate in the Vo­da­com Dur­ban July has been off the boil since but Weiho Mar­wing al­ways has a long-term plan and that could come to a con­clu­sion to­day.

Off the track since April, he made his come­back in the Char­ity Mile where he was prom­i­nent be­fore his con­di­tion gave out.

He will strip a lot fit­ter this af­ter­noon and you ig­nore at your peril.

Sean Tarry sad­dles FRENCH NAVY for the San­sui Sum­mer Cup at Turf­fontein to­day. S’Manga Khu­malo has the ride.

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