We are in Cathe­dral County

Weekend Post (South Africa) - - SPORT -

CATHE­DRAL County was priced up favourite to win last Satur­day at Turf­fontein but was with­drawn be­cause no trans­port was avail­able.

Jo­han Janse van Vu­uren’s charge will line up in Race 6 at Turf­fontein to­day and once again he looks the best run­ner in this MR 80 Hand­i­cap over 1 000m on the In­side track.

This four-year-old son of Trippi has only raced five times for two wins and two places. He has yet to race on the in­side track but while he might have a few is­sues that would ex­plain his rel­a­tively late in­tro­duc­tion to rac­ing and a five-month break from Jan­uary to June, when he does race he is clearly very good.

Some run­ners have a prob­lem with the tighter turn­ing In­side track and the short run-in and only the race will tell us if that is a hur­dle but he is very tal­ented and on pa­per looks the run­ner to beat.

These days one has to look to the up-and-com­ing three­year-olds who are get­ting bet­ter with each run. Paul Peter, whose run­ners are in top form, sad­dles Alpine Echo who has only run three times. He won on de­but over 800m and then con­tested the Listed Storm Bird Stakes over 1 000m on the Stand­side track where he lost ground at the start and fin­ished a 7.05-length fifth be­hind tal­ented Bar­rack Street.

He was then gelded and in his first run back took on old- er horses in a MR 72 Hand­i­cap over 1 000m at the Vaal and did well to fin­ish fourth, 3.40 lengths be­hind Tan­dava. That run in early June was very promis­ing so one can ex­pect some vast im­prove­ment.

It could be con­strued significant that Peter has en­gaged We­i­chong Mar­wing to ride this son of Sail From Seat­tle and in ad­di­tion, he will have the ad­van­tage of No 1 draw.

Star­craft Prince has some de­cent form at this track where he is a course-and-dis­tance win­ner.

When he won that race, Craig Zackey was aboard Candice Daw­son’s run­ner and he takes the ride again this time.

FIT NOW . . . Cathe­dral County will be hav­ing his third run af­ter a lay­off and could post his third ca­reer win from only six starts in Race 6 at Turf­fontein to­day.

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