Can Vardy get one past One World?

Weekend Witness - - Racing -

THE Vaughan Mar­shall-trained seven-time win­ner One World can defy top-weight at Ke­nil­worth to­day when step­ping out with MJ Byleveld aboard in the Gr3 Win­ter Clas­sic.

This 1800m con­test for three-yearolds is sec­ond leg of the Win­ter Se­ries.

This ex­pen­sive son of Cap­tain Al has out­stand­ing cre­den­tials – hav­ing been beaten only once in his seven starts.

That de­feat was three runs back when third in the Cape Guineas (Grade 1) at this course.

How­ever, the colt re­cov­ered losses next time with a clear-cut win in a lu­cra­tive sales race over 1600m.

Then com­ing off a three-month break and rid­den by An­ton Mar­cus again he jus­ti­fied cramped odds with a gutsy win in the Gr 3 Win­ter Guineas, first leg of the Win­ter Se­ries.

Byleveld knows what is re­quired as he was aboard three times for three wins.

The colt will be much fit­ter this time and with a good in­side draw the com­bi­na­tion should re­main un­beaten.

The colt’s main threat is three­time win­ner Vardy (Craig Zackey) out Adam Mar­cus’s sta­ble.

This geld­ing, who has yet to fin­ish out of the money in six starts, was a gallant close sec­ond to One World last time in the Win­ter Guineas.

They are drawn along­side and another keen duel can be ex­pected.

Though a one-time win­ner, ex­pect another stout ef­fort from Ma­jes­tic Mozart (Greg Cheyne) out of Candice Bass-Robin­son’s sta­ble.

This Dy­nasty geld­ing was up with the speed for much of the race last time when third to One World and Vardy in the Win­ter Guineas.

That was his sec­ond run af­ter be­ing gelded and he could go much closer this time with the ad­van­tage of pole po­si­tion.

Another who could be in­volved in the fin­ish is Glen Kotzen-trained two-time win­ner Herodotus (S’manga Khu­malo).

This Trippi colt was a com­mend­able third out of 18 in the Gr1 Cape Derby.

Part­nered by Khu­malo in his sub­se­quent out­ing he was not dis­graced when fin­ish­ing third to One World and Vardy in the 1600m Win­ter Guineas.

He could make the frame again over the ex­tra dis­tance.


Over a dis­tance far short of his best, Al Mutawakel, a full-brother to SA Derby win­ner Al Sa­hem, made an ab­so­lute mock­ery of op­po­si­tion on de­but when jus­ti­fy­ing 26-10 favouritis­m.

Now step­ping up to 1400m and shoul­der­ing bot­tom-weight of 52kg, this Sean Tarry-trained son of Sil­vano looks a solid Place Ac­cu­mu­la­tor banker when he re­unites with cham­pion jockey Lyle He­wit­son to­mor­row, a MR 84 Hand­i­cap on the Turf­fontein Stand­side track.

“Un­for­tu­nately, he’s had a few nig­gles and set­backs,” ad­mit­ted He­wit­son on Tel­ly­track.

“He’s never given that im­pres­sion – from day one – that he is on the level of his brother but some­times they just save it for the course.

“I was hop­ing for a fourth or fifth­place fin­ish, al­beit a weak field, I just wanted a good run and the fact he has come through and won shows that he has that class about him. Hope­fully, he goes on to big­ger things.”

For the Pick 6, make sure you add in the ul­tra-con­sis­tent, Nor­land, who al­though hasn’t won for some time, doesn’t know how to run a bad race and has taken home a mi­nor stakes cheque in each of his last seven per­for­mances.

The re­main­der of the eight-race card looks com­pet­i­tive.

Hav­ing sparked tremen­dous im­prove­ment when sport­ing blink­ers for the first time the Gary Alexander-trained Duke Of Swing looks a wor­thy Pick 6 banker when he con­tests the third race, a Maiden Plate over 2000m.

He looks like the pro­gres­sive type and is well drawn at two in this 10horse field.

The only real chink in his ar­mour ap­pears to be the fact he shoul­ders 2.5kg more than main dan­ger, Hu­mour Me, from the Ge­off Woodruff yard.

Al­though he has only run a place once in six ca­reer starts, there was a lot to like about this Ideal World geld­ing’s most re­cent per­for­mance when beaten 2.50 lengths into fifth place by The Lit­i­ga­tor over 2400m.

He raced handy and only ran out of puff pass­ing the 400m marker which strongly sug­gests he will be bet­ter suited to 2000m.

The Mike de Kock yard rarely con­cludes a Highveld meet­ing with­out vis­it­ing the win­ner’s en­clo­sure.

It should pay to take a TAB dou­ble fea­tur­ing their mounts – Gimme Hope Johanna in sev­enth and Mutrib in the eighth.

The for­mer’s pre­vi­ous form proves that she may have found 1600m a touch too far in her lat­est ap­pear­ance, beaten 1.50 lengths into sev­enth place by Be­ing Fab­u­lous over 1400m.

And it didn’t help that she was badly drawn!

Gimme Hope Johanna was tri­umphant over 1450m in her penul­ti­mate out­ing and should rel­ish the drop back to 1400m.

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