The Star Late Edition

Heat on Run For It

- MICHAEL CLOWER

Run For It, 12-1 joint third favourite for the J&B Met, bids to put an end to his long and frustratin­g losing sequence in the Peninsula Handicap at Kenilworth tomorrow when Bernard Fayd’herbe rides him for the first time.

“We have wanted to do this for a long time,” says Justin Snaith, referring to the riding arrangemen­ts, “and we will see how he goes.”

Snaith is uncomforta­bly aware that, for all the horse’s talents, he has not won a race for over 14 months and has an alarming tendency to find trouble.

But Richard Fourie made sure that he stayed clear of it when bringing the four-yearold from a long way back last time and promptly predicting further improvemen­t.

Fourie’s self-imposed exile from the prolific-winning stable makes no sense and seems sure to be a temporary affair even though he is now much in demand in Johannesbu­rg.

The title-chasing rider is on the ex-ivan Moore trained Graded winner Astro News and Greg Ennion is expecting an improved showing from the only three-year-old in the race - “he needed his Guineas run badly, he had only just arrived from Jo’burg and he lost weight on the journey.”

Four-year-olds have won all the last seven runnings and there are only three of them tomorrow – Run For It, Polar Bound and Azeroth.

The last-named is his stable’s second string and is 2k under sufferance but his trainer likes him.

“He is a funny horse who takes a lot of work. Andrew Fortune used to say that you have to work him as if you hate him,” says Joey Ramsden who is bidding to win this for the third time in four seasons.

His main hope is Hawk’s Eye for whom blinkers were an unmitigate­d disaster last time. He spent much of the race fighting for his head and will run without them here.

Polar Bound has won his last two and steps up in class.

“He is in good form, is getting weight and will be competitiv­e,” points out Brett Crawford.

Mike Bass has won three of the last seven runnings and his Super Storm has strong claims, particular­ly after being dropped half a kilo.

“He should have come on from his last run when he was drawn wide,” says Candice Robinson. “Brown Penny is also doing well. They should both run well.”

Cask’s chances of stepping up on his Premier second were dealt a hammer blow when he was raised 3.5k.

“I thought that was very unfair,” says Stephen Page. “But the horse is well and I think he will run a good race. However Saluki is struggling to find his form.”

Piet Steyn has found his but League Of Honour has a bit to find. So too does Caymen Island even though Yogas Govender reports that he is doing well.

 ??  ?? BERNARD FAYD’HERBE will be riding Run For It for the first time in the seventh at Kenilworth tomorrow
BERNARD FAYD’HERBE will be riding Run For It for the first time in the seventh at Kenilworth tomorrow

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