Chan­ty­man sings the right tune

Weekend Argus (Sunday Edition) - - PROPERTY360 AUCTIONS - ANDREW HAR­RI­SON

All eyes will be on Ke­nil­worth to­day.

to be rid­den by Bernard Fayd’Herbe, when he runs in the Cape Mile at ATH­LETES who struggle to breath are con­signed to the couch in front to the tele­vi­sion dream­ing of what might have been.

On the other hand, race­horses that have difficulty breath­ing can of­ten be sur­gi­cally cor­rected. The mighty Jet Master an ex­am­ple. He was su­perb up to a ‘mile’ - beyond that he ran out of oxy­gen.

Chan­ty­man is not in the same league as Jet Master, both rid­den by An­ton Mar­cus, but ac­cord­ing to Den­nis Bosch: “If he could breathe, he would be a top horse. He’s ac­tu­ally a seven-fur­long horse.”

Mar­cus, in a su­perb dis­play of horse­man­ship, got Chan­ty­man home in the Track & Ball Gaming Hand­i­cap at Greyville on Fri­day night and was lav­ish in his praise.

“This is one of the most coura­geous horses that I have ever rid­den. I said to Den­nis that he was wast­ing his time with this horse. He can’t get any wind. It sounds as if there is an ana­conda in his oe­soph­a­gus.”

I’m not sure what an ana­conda sounds like but Mar­cus nursed Chan­ty­man all the way to the line. Taking the lead early in the straight, Mar­cus kid­ded to the geld­ing un­til it be­came ob­vi­ous that Ish­nana was threat. 50m out Mar­cus re­leased the brake to get home with a neck to spare.

Ova­tion Award’s tri­umph in the sixth was not en­tirely un­ex­pected by his con­nec­tions but there were many reservations.

“He gal­loped with Zigi Zagi Zugi and lined him,” said Gareth van Zyl.

“But when he ran a dirty third, we weren’t all that con­fi­dent any­more.”

“All the jock­eys have been telling me that they feel some­thing. Muzi (Yeni) rode him in the fea­ture and al­though he fin­ished far back, he still said there was some­thing there. This was his third time to the course. The first time it was washed out, then he kicked the back gate and was scratched. When he lost a shoe on the way to the start, I thought he was jinxed.”

Ova­tion Award quick­ened smartly on the straight to hold off Sub­trop­i­cal and Amor Ar­di­ente, both not mak­ing any im­pres­sion on Ova­tion Award’s lead.

“He’s still a boytjie (en­tire) but he has

Pic­ture: Liesl King

clear abil­ity,” opined rider War­ren Kennedy. He has his days. One day he works like a rocket and the next you bat­tle to drag him up the straight.”

Lit­tle Au­drey fi­nally went one bet­ter in the Gold Cir­cle Pod­cast Maiden, break­ing a string of run­ner-up places.

Co-owner Den­nis O’Con­nor, on course for all three of those sec­onds, de­cided that bowls would take prece­dent on Fri­day.

Dun­can How­ells was a lit­tle con­cerned the Lit­tle Au­drey would pre­fer the turf but Craig Zackey rode a con­fi­dent race to hold off the im­prov­ing Sweet Pre­serve.

Peter Mus­cutt, KZN as­sis­tant to Brett Craw­ford, is a man of few words, pre­fer­ring to let his horses do the talk­ing and he got the Mar­cus ball rolling in the first as Negma smoked home. “She had some de­cent Cape form but she’s only a lit­tle thing, barely 400kg,” he said.

Carl­burg, home bred by Verna Roberts and trained by hus­band Michael, caught most Pick 6 punters by sur­prise as he held off a late chal­lenge from Tierra Del Fuego and Zgi Zagi Zugi.

rid­den by Craig Zackey, won the Gold Cir­cle Pod­cast Maiden Plate at Greyville on Fri­day night. Pic­ture: Candiese Marnewick

“I though Ash­ton (Ar­ries) gave him a peach of a ride,” said Roberts. I asked him to drop in, the last time a kid rode him and he bolted. I can’t say we didn’t fancy him, but I can’t say that we fan­cied him strong. Verna bred him and it’s good for the mare. Ideal World onto a Fort Wood mare. To be hon­est he should go a lot fur­ther.”

RAIN­BOW BRIDGE,

LIT­TLE AU­DREY,

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