The Citizen (KZN)

Superb win by Royal Victory

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- Muzi Yeni

Racing today takes place at Turffontei­n on the Standside track and there is nine-race card on offer. This meeting honours all the stakeholde­rs who lost their lives in the Hennenman disaster all those years ago.

No matter how much time has passed, I’m sure it’s still fresh in all the families minds and well done to 4Racing for continuing to honour them the way they deserve to be honoured and I am looking forward to the meeting and hopefully I can boot home a few winners.

Last week saw an absolutely brilliant day’s racing take place, which was Day 3 of the Championsh­ips, Champions Day.

I must say I thought it was one of the best days’ racing I have been a part of and hats off to everyone involved for putting together such an incredible event.

Punters and racing purists were treated to some superb performanc­es and some of the most exciting finishes throughout the day, and it no doubt lived up to the bill of “Champions Day”.

The headliner on the card was the Grade 1 World Pool Premier’s Champions Challenge and the unbelievab­le Royal Victory provided me with one of my favourite Grade 1s of my career.

What a revelation he has turned out to be, and he backed up his Grade 1 Betway Summer Cup win with this historic win.

The most exciting part of the race was coming head-to-head with Hollywoodb­ets Durban July victor Winchester Mansion, and it was one of the best finishes of the day.

Both horses were absolutely gutsy and we were so proud of our horse on the day.

Well done to my very good friend Nathan Kotzen on one of the best training feats I’ve seen, and congrats to all the connection­s, and thank you for the support.

He is now back in Durban, gearing up for the champions season so hopefully he’ll be in tip top shape for the big ones there.

Purple Pitcher provided Robyn Klaasen and Mr Pooe with another Grade 1 win in the TAB SA Derby and once again proved to be one of the best three-year-olds in the country.

This was his second Grade 1 in succession and all roads lead to the Hollywoodb­ets Durban July.

Once again, this race provided everyone with a great finish, and I was really thrilled with my ride, Mondial, who ran third.

I thought I was going to win it at one stage but Purple Pitcher had other ideas and showed a massive amount of guts.

Well done to all the winning connection­s on another lovely win.

Thunderstr­uck provided Sean Tarry and Mrs Slack a win in the Grade 1 Jonsson Workwear Computafor­m Sprint in the most thrilling fashion by getting up in the shadows of the post to beat the three-yearold filly Golden Sickle.

This is Thunderstr­uck’s second Grade 1 win after he won the Gold Medallion as a two-year-old, so he has been a sensationa­l horse from the get go.

After a phenomenal Cape season, he was turned out in magnificen­t fashion by Mr Tarry and it’s a great training feat to pull off this big one.

Well done to everyone concerned for the lovely win.

We witnessed an absolute superstar in action when Gimme A Nother notched up her seventh consecutiv­e win to remain unbeaten when winning the Grade 1 TAB Empress Club Stakes against older fillies, which wasn’t the first time she has beaten them.

It was a straightfo­rward victory, and this superstar was never in doubt.

I still don’t believe we have witnessed the best of her, and I do believe the world is her oyster.

Well done to Mike de Kock for keeping her on the boil for so long and congrats to Jessica and Steven Jell for breeding and owning such an amazing animal.

The rest of the day was outstandin­g but I can’t go through each result, but to the winning connection­s, I wish you all the best and I really hope you all had the excitement and enjoyment this game can provide.

I will say one last thing about the day, and that’s to thank Hong Kong World Pool for taking our day.

It was something else to stand in the parade ring and witness the massive tote pools on offer, and here’s hoping we can get a few more.

Now on to today’s card and Race 1 is a Juvenile Plate over 1160m and I ride Zanthar who I make the best bet on the card and my best ride as well.

He has some very good form from the two runs he had in the Cape, and of the horses who have form, he is a standout.

Spring Tradition ran a fair race last time and he could run into the money.

Watch the betting and the canter past for the best guide to the chances of the unraced horses.

Race 2 is a Juvenile Plate for fillies over 1160m and I ride Pearl In Her Crown who ran a really good race on debut and with the expected natural improvemen­t, I’ll be disappoint­ed if she is not in the money, however we all have VJ’s Angel to beat.

This filly was extremely impressive when winning her stable debut. She annihilate­d a decent field and a repeat of that will see her prove very difficult to beat.

Stars And Bra’s drops back in trip and should fill Trifecta money.

Watch the betting and the canter past for the best guide to the chances of the unraced

horses.

Race 3 is a MR 76 Handicap for fillies and mares over 1800m and I ride Rosy Lemon who ran a disappoint­ing race last time out and would have to bounce back to her best form to win.

My value bet on the card comes up in the form of One Religion, who ran a really lovely race last time out and the form has worked out in no uncertain terms, with the winner going on to win the Bridget Oppenheime­r SA Oaks and this filly remaining on the same handicap mark after being beaten just over two lengths.

Dimako’s Jet ran below par in her latest run but she clearly has ability and if she bounces back to her penultimat­e start, she’ll be right there.

October Fair is the class horse in the race and the step up in trip without the blinkers might do the trick.

Race 4 is a MR 92 Handicap for fillies and mares over 1800m and I ride Special Charm who is ever consistent and another good run is expected.

Donna Mo won a really good race two starts back and then followed up with a very good second to a decent filly. On that she could be the filly to beat.

Bellevarde gave me a really good feel when I won on her in her latest start and the stable has elected to use the 4kg claimer which will make her very competitiv­e and the main danger.

Elembee steps up in trip on her last start and that should assist her, so she must go into wider bets.

Race 5 is a Pinnacle Stakes over 1600m, and I think Melech is the horse to beat.

His last run was disappoint­ing even though it was in Grade 1 company, but the form of his previous race was outstandin­g when he accounted for subsequent Grade 1 winner Main Defender and if he comes back to that form, he’ll be very hard to beat.

Bingwa is returning to form slowly and his last run was very decent so on his best form he can easily win a race of this nature and must go into all bets.

Atticus Finch returns after a break, and I suggest watch the betting on this lovely horse because that will be the best guide to his chances.

Laguna Verde comes in with bottom weight and on his best form he can be competitiv­e, so include him into wider bets.

Race 6 is a MR 90 Handicap for fillies and mares over 1400m and I ride Sharapova who ran a lovely race after a rest last time out. Although this is her second run after a rest, I am hoping for a massive run off a good light weight and a decent draw.

On The Horizon returns from a small break but she has some really good form and if she is close to peak fitness then she is the horse we all have to beat.

Andi’s Girl ran a very good race last time out and she rates the main danger.

Duenna goes for three in a row and off a good draw once again, she should be right there.

Sea Anemone won a good race with me last time out and on what I felt, she has the capability to win this race, so she must be included in all bets.

Race 7 is the headliner on the card, the Betway Mythical Flight Sprint (Non-Black Type) over 1100m named after one of the great sprinters of recent times, and I ride Gocekwithl­ove who comes in with a low weight. But this is her toughest test to date and she’ll have to run a career best race to win.

Dreamland won a really good race last time out and over this trip, he is the horse to beat.

Both Mount Pilates and Richard The First drop back in trip, but both horses have very good form and both are massive runners who must be included in all bets.

Just Be Lekker drops in trip and if it’s not too short then she will be right there.

Race 8 is a MR 106 Handicap over 1160m and I believe Cosmic Star is one of the better bets on the card and a banker in all bets the way he won last time out.

The form of the race has been franked and he looks like a very progressiv­e horse who could still be very underrated.

Swing Upon A Star ran well below par in Durban on his latest run but that can be excused and he is one to consider for wider bets.

Stable companions Power Broker and Captain Hindsight both have good form and both have the ability to win a race of this nature.

Race 9 is a MR 90 Handicap over 1160m and I ride Halberdier who disappoint­ed me last time out when I really thought he would win.

If he produces his penultimat­e start then he is a definite runner and must be included in all bets.

Silver Tudor is the horse to beat because he sets the standard. He is in really good form and has the ability to win a race of this nature.

San Simon looks to be the stable elect because stable jockey Gavin Lerena takes the ride and the drop back in trip could be a positive and he rates the main danger.

Longsword won a really good race last time out and he showed what he could be about must go into all bets.

 ?? Picture: JC Photograph­ics ?? GOOD FORM. Cosmic Star, who runs in Race 8 at Turffontei­n today, is Muzi Yeni’s banker in his Pick 6.
Picture: JC Photograph­ics GOOD FORM. Cosmic Star, who runs in Race 8 at Turffontei­n today, is Muzi Yeni’s banker in his Pick 6.

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