The great humorist PJ O’Rourke passed away this week and would be remiss not to share his humor. He once wrote: “Everything fun in life is dangerous. Horse racing, for example, is very dangerous. But try to design a safe horse and the result is a cow… It is impossible to be alive and safe.”
Fun and danger return to Turffontein on Saturday, in the form of the Egoli Mile and a bumper of nine supporting races. No cows allowed.
The main event has drawn a bunch of promising three-year-olds, who are currently just below the top tier, but are competing to make their way to the big races in the Highveld fall season.
The dangerous horse – to his rivals and to gamblers – is Supreme Warrior, trained by Mike and Adam Azzie. This man looked very special after his first two outings, winning impressively over the 120m and 1450m. Then he took a big step up in the class in the 1600m Gauteng Guineas – and disappointed greatly.
After firing forward and pulling along the field, Supreme Warrior folded up like a recliner and finished last. Those tactics are sure to be ditched this time around and jockey Diego de Gouveia is encouraged to let the foal’s true ability shine.
This theory installed Vercingetorix’s son at the top of the betting boards at 5-2. The next two in the bet, at 9-2, are Sean Tarry-trained Litigation and Weiho Marwing’s Picture Perfect.
The first, a colt by Grays Inn, has two wins out of seven attempts and is clearly a competitive individual. Gavin Leera has ridden him in three recent starts and will be back in the saddle with a clear idea of how best to handle the dude.
Picture Perfect has been to the only races once and was a little nervous when he got there. But that didn’t stop him from beating his fellow girls and having his name scribbled in some notebooks. He will carry just 52kg, largely in the form of the underrated jockey Julius Mariba.
In addition to these three tokens, Eagle Strike and Quiet Rebellion can be considered for betting combinations.
Turf fountain Saturday
1:1 Courante, 9 Gilded Butterfly, 2 Azucar, 3 I Am Royal
2: 2 Leeson, 6 Harold The Duke, 5 Jaipur Jewel, 1 Tabebuia
3:1 Fire Lord, 2 Pottinger, 13 Miss Otis, 10 Lemme Go
4: 2 Castleton, 3 Castle Of Glass, 8 Elusive Current, 7 Caralluma
5: 3 Hotchiwitchi, 6 Roha, 1 McKenna Skye, 2 Florentine
6: 1 Shining Armor, 8 Wokonda, 5 Trump My Queen, 9 Captain Of Grit
7: 2 Supreme Warrior, 3 Litigation, 7 Eagle Strike, 8 Picture Perfect
8: 9 Reunion, 2 Second Base, 1 Majestic Mozart, 4 Golden Pheasant
9: 2 Zanetto, 1 Corvette Captain, 12 Java House, 4 Excellerator
10: 1 General Hancock, 7 Lulu’s Boy, 6 Grindelwald, 10 Tiki Taka
Choose 6: 2,3,7,8.9 x 1,2,3,6 x 1,3,5,8,9,10 x 2,3,7.8 x 9 x 1,2.12 (R
FATHER: 1.2 x
Best: Race 2 No. 5 Red Sole
Where the: Race 5 No 10 Go Man Go