Olé for Mata­dor Man

Weekend Argus (Sunday Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - AN­DREW HAR­RI­SON

A Pin­na­cle Stakes over 1600m heads the card on the Greyville turf to­day and back­ers could find them­selves in a quandary with a num­ber of run­ners, who would or­di­nar­ily be a first choice, are re­turn­ing from lengthy breaks and not over their op­ti­mum trips.

How­ever, if you fol­low the money and An­ton Mar­cus then you don’t have to look much fur­ther than Mata­dor Man. Some­thing of a course and dis­tance spe­cial­ist, Sean Tarry’s run­ner has not been out since Cham­pi­ons Cup at the end of July but an open­ing call of

26-10 with Track & Ball has been snapped up and he was a short as 18-10 by late yes­ter­day.


Brett Craw­ford sad­dles three of the nine run­ners, all three re­turn­ing from a break. How­ever, the key to his puz­zle may be Corne Orf­fer mak­ing the trip up from Cape Town to part­ner Amer­i­can Land­ing.

The facile East Cape Derby win­ner was well sup­ported to make a win­ning de­but dur­ing Cham­pi­ons Sea­son in the Track & Ball Derby at Scottsville but he had a lot against him that day and did well enough to fin­ish third be­hind It’s My Turn.

To­day’s 1600m should be on the short side given his re­cent form but he ap­pears to have a touch of class which may be enough to carry him through.

Cat’s Legacy (6-10) has been promis­ing and promis­ing and promis­ing and those that did not for­sake were re­warded at Scottsville where he took the step up in trip in his stride and came home ‘smok­ing’.

An­ton Mar­cus barely moved a mus­cle that day and given that show­ing, Alyson Wright’s geld­ing should again have the mea­sure of vet­eran Crime Vic­tim, a nar­row third that af­ter­noon.

It’s been over a year now since Mike de Kock shut up shop at Sum­merveld so when he de­cides to raid one of his old stomp­ing grounds it’s best to sit up and take note.

He sad­dles two run­ners and both look to have strong win­ning chances al­though they do far some stiff lo­cal op­po­si­tion.

The im­ported filly Nafaayes (8-10) is un­beaten in two starts and is likely to start at cramped odds for the Grad­u­a­tion Plate, sixth race on the card.

This will be her sea­sonal de­but which is of some con­cern as she has not been out since June when get­ting home nar­rowly over the Vaal 1400m.

How­ever, De Kock run­ners are rarely short of rac­ing fit­ness and sta­ble rider Ran­dal Simons has made the most of his op­por­tu­nity to ride for one of the coun­try’s top sta­bles so one can ex­pect an­other full­blooded ef­fort.

Also down from Gaut­eng for this race is Af­franchi (7-2). Tony Nas­sif is a shrewd trainer from the old school and his colt will not go down with­out a fight. Af­franchi is cer­tainly rac­ing fit hav­ing won in Novice com­pany last time out.

He also has some cred­itable form be­hind the highly rated De Kock run­ner So­qrat and is a must in­clu­sion in all ex­otics.

If one needs to go wider then also in­clude Gavin van Zyl’s geld­ing Per­fect Peter (2-1), an easy win­ner of his maiden at Scottsville re­cently.

“He’s a smart horse,” com­mented Van Zyl post-race. “He’s shown us that he’s a very smart horse and hope­fully he will build up into a nice ca­reer. This was not his dis­tance.

The fur­ther he goes the bet­ter he will be.” So to­mor­row’s 1400m should suit this full brother to for­mer Van Zyl sta­ble star, Along Came Polly.


If there are ques­tion marks around Nafaayes there shouldn’t be too many about De Kock’s run­ner Fort Caro (11-10)l in the last.

He has shown im­prove­ment with each out­ing and is rated su­pe­rior to any­thing in the op­po­si­tion.

If there is to be up­set it could come in the form of Belinda Im­pey’s colt Antigonus (7-2). He has been knock­ing at the door and when touched off in fourth last time out he gave the im­pres­sion that a mile and fur­ther would be more to his lik­ing. Im­pey is of the opin­ion that he needs geld­ing but is hop­ing that the ex­tra fur­long and first time blink­ers could do the trick.

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