Queen to reign supreme

The Citizen (KZN) - - Gaming -

The Sum­mer Cup is one of four horse races I get ex­cited for each year, with the oth­ers be­ing the Dur­ban July, J&B Met and Queen's Plate. It takes place on Satur­day at Turf­fontein over 2 000 me­tres and a large, high-qual­ity field has been as­sem­bled.

Top of the bet­ting boards is the Mike de Kock-trained So­qrat cur­rently priced at 7/2, along­side sta­ble com­pan­ion Barahin. To say Mike de Kock has a strong hand in this race would be an un­der­state­ment as he has five of the top six in the bet­ting.

It is the third of the De Kock run­ners, Queen Supreme, which has at­tracted at­ten­tion in the Good­forthegame Fo­rum where South­paw, who has de­vel­oped a rep­u­ta­tion for tip­ping long-price fea­ture race win­ners, came in a cou­ple of weeks ago say­ing Queen Supreme was value at 12/1.

That early call proved spot on as the price has now halved to 6/1 but that won’t put me off hav­ing a go on Satur­day. Af­ter some­thing of a chal­leng­ing bet­ting run in the Euro­pean rugby over the past two weeks, a 6/1 win­ner could cer­tainly plug a few holes.

World Sports Bet­ting have priced up on a num­ber of Sum­mer Cup Spe­cials, such as the win­ning mar­gin where you can get 15/20 it will be un­der one length, 11/10 over a length and 16/1 ex­actly a length. They have also priced up on the win­ning sex, where the colts are 19/20, geld­ings 12/10 and a filly or mare win­ner 28/10.

De Kock is, not sur­pris­ingly, short at 7/20 to be the win­ning trainer and they have even priced up on which horse would run last with In­sig­nis, Shenani­gans and Sun­shine Silk dis­put­ing “favouritis­m” here at 7/2.

While the Sum­mer Cup is the day’s high­light, there is plenty of qual­ity rac­ing, in­clud­ing the WSB Ipi Tombe Stakes.

Vis­tula is the favourite at 22/10, but I like the chances of Wis­te­ria Walk, trained by Lucky Houdalakis, at a cur­rent price of 9/1.

I am look­ing for­ward to a change of pace this week­end.

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