Leg­is­late look­ing good

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WHILE Leg­is­late’s stud ca­reer was cut short af­ter suf­fer­ing fer­til­ity prob­lems, he’s back on the race­track af­ter an ab­sence of two years, run­ning in Fri­day night’s R400000 Mer­chants at Greyville Race­course.

Gold Cir­cle’s An­drew Har­ri­son said Leg­is­late is a favourite in the 1200m race, as is the Brett Craw­ford-trained Sun­set Eyes, who finished sec­ond to sta­ble com­pan­ion Bold Re­spect in the re­cent Tsogo Sun Sprint.

“Sun­set Eyes recorded his last win over Fri­day’s course and dis­tance and both he and the Craw­ford sta­ble are in mus­tard form.”

He said Mil­ner­ton-based trainer Joey Rams­den was dis­ap­pointed with highly rated At­ten­bor­ough’s run in the Tsogo Sun Sprint and the Grade 1 Com­putaform Sprint win­ner will be out to re­deem him­self on Fri­day.

At­ten­bor­ough is from the same West­ern Win­ter crop as Sun­set Eyes and they might be the pair to fight out the fin­ish.

“Rams­den blamed a wide draw at Scottsville. He has fared bet­ter here and will jump from a mod-field draw of seven.”

One to look out for, ac­cord­ing to Har­ri­son, is filly Too Phat To Fly, owned by Sean Pil­lay and trainer Glen Kotzen, who was close-up in the Grade 1 SA Fil­lies Sprint.

“She should ben­e­fit from that run af­ter win­ning her two pre­vi­ous starts at Ke­nil­worth.”

Mean­while, Serino Moodley and cham­pion jockey-elect Lyle He­wit­son are the only ap­pren­tice jock­eys in the race.

Har­ri­son said Moodley is a nat­u­ral light­weight and al­though he will not be able to claim his usual 1.5kg weight allowance, Hoist The Mast will only be car­ry­ing 50kg for trainer An­dre Nel.

SA log-lead­ing cham­pion ap­pren­tice Lyle He­wit­son will ride Won­der­wall for reign­ing trainer’s cham­pion Sean Tarry.

Mandla Ntuli, said Har­ri­son, is one of the unsung heroes of the weigh­ing room and he has a chance of scor­ing the big­gest win of his ca­reer when he part­ners the Tony Ri­val­land-trained Wynkelder.

“Ntuli gets on par­tic­u­larly well with the geld­ing, who has smart sprint form and with his handy gal­lop­ing weight can make his pres­ence felt.”

And Bran­don Ler­ena rides top weight Bishop’s Bounty for Justin Snaith and owner Michael Leaf and the geld­ing is sure to im­prove on his dis­ap­point­ing Com­putaform Sprint run.

has or­gan­ised a Race & Win Com­pe­ti­tion of­fer­ing spe­cial prizes worth more than R50000 on Fri­day night. Serendip­ity Tours is spon­sor­ing re­turn air tick­ets for two to In­dia, while South­ern Sun ho­tels is pro­vid­ing two-night stays, in­clud­ing break­fast, for two peo­ple each at the Wild Coast Sun and at Sibaya Casino.

See page 21 for more horse-rac­ing news.

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