AMBLEWAY NEWSLETTER JUNE 2012 JULY BUILD UP…..
We have had an amazing few weeks at Ambleway, and we are very proud of our graduates who have won 3 graded races…….The Betting World 1900, Tsogo Sun Gold Medallion and the Post Merchants!!!!!!
BEACH BEAUTY started the ball rolling when she pulverized a really useful field of potential older July Handicap runners in the Grade 2 Betting World Handicap 1900. Sitting in a handy position, having made up for her outside draw, she ran on strongly under a hands and heels ride for Sean Cormack. She gave an indication that she is very well and a serious July contender for the Drier team and her ecstatic owners the Shanks Syndicate (Nom Warren Kidd) and her breeder Trevor Armitage.
POTENT POWER, starting at long odds, ran a great race to run on strongly and win the Grade1 Tsogo Sun Gold Medallion for the same conditioner that same week. He gave his delighted owners Messrs Erich Buhr, Mark Currie, Miles Dally and the Boys having Fun Syndicate Nominee Scott Pitman, their first Grade 1 success. He won this 1200 meter feature very commandingly. His trainer Dennis Drier had recognized his talent and had taken him to Cape Town where he won his maiden for the team. Since tying his tongue down he certainly has re- captured that earlier form!
A few weeks later MIKES CHOICE ran through the perfect gap to win the Grade 2 Post Merchants Handicap for a thrilled Michael Roberts. This gave him his first graded winner as a trainer and made up for this horse not making the final field for the Grade1 Gold Casino Sprint where he was the reserve runner. His name comes from his team of connections being Mike… Mike Roberts, Mike Procter and Mike Dawson, and Dr Brian Sarembook and Fieldspring Racing also own him. Well done to you all!
The July Handicap is only weeks away and the build up to the race has been so exciting to follow! The current favourite for the race, Jackson, won his build up race - the Daily News 2000 in easy fashion. This son of Dynasty has been lightly raced and he together with a daughter of Dynasty - BEACH BEAUTY will top the log for the big race. It really is a feat for the Highlands Stud farm as the 2 fancied runners are both by their incumbent stallion Dynasty!
Apart from BEACH BEAUTY we also have BULSARA running for Mrs Briget Oppenheimer and Gavin Van Zyl. We will be watching the race with interest!
In addition to the July build up of exciting feature races in KZN we have been successful with graduates in other races…..We have scored several doubles….in PE both WINNING WILDFLOWER and ON GOLDEN POND won. At the Kimberely track Ready To Run graduates NANDA DEVI and CLIENT KING (twice) won, and at the Vaal, MR PREMIER and ROLL CALL won.
St John Gray scored with 3 of our graduates FORMATION, HELLS ALLEY and ROLL CALL. The filly FORMATION has now won 3 races and looks useful.
Individual horses won at the Vaal including ARCTIC BEAR for the Sydney Cassell Trust and in the Cape at Durbanville, JET EXPLORER pulverized his field to give Pat and Henry Devine a well deserved win. Congratulations to all of the connections.
In KZN the juvenile filly SKWELETI has run very consistently and rewarded her team of owners, namely the Drier family, Peter De Marigny and Erich Buhr with an easy win by 5 lengths over the sprint distance of 1000m.
We are taking a really nice gelding to be sold at the Michael Holmes Sale at Greyville on 28 June. FLASH OF VICTORY is an imported horse from Argentina. He is by Mutakddim out of Fat Timer and he has had 3 runs, two of which were placed. He is a good looking horse and has a super nature to handle. He definitely has the potential to win a few races. Do have a look at him here or at the sale.
We are very excited to be going to Ireland from 4 -11th July for our son Jame's graduation. His two years as a Darley Flying Start graduate are coming to an end and he will be looking forward to employment here or in the USA. Unfortunately we are also missing the KZN Sale and the July Handicap - the first I have missed since I was a teenager! Candice Davidson will be staying at Ambleway and caring for all the 4 legged creatures here. Please contact her on 082 933 8442 if you have any queries or need to see your horses in my one week's absence. Also if you need to send any horses here from the sale we do have space and would love to be of assistance to you in caring and later schooling your baby. (I shall be back home on Wednesday following the sale).
We do have a long list of graduates that are knocking on the door and deserve following over the next few weeks……..HALLOWED, COME WITH ME, HAPPY HEART, RUBY QUEEN, YER MAAN, FESTIVE INTERLUDE, MASTER OF HOUNDS,THE FIXER, PINE SHADE, OVERBERRY, GRASP YOUR DESTINY, TIME TO FLY, PAVLOVA, KALAAM, DANCE ALLEY, HEN PARTY, LA NEGRITA, EGYPTIAN, SEA PASSAGE, MOUNTAIN THUNDER, PREDESTINATION, MADAME ROONEY, HEADS UP, ZEZINHO BELO, IKATI, MALKIA and
There are plenty of juveniles who could also make the frame soon…….MURMURING SKY, NAVAL VICTORY, COPY CAT, SAMMY SILVER, FACING FURY, LORD AL and PANAMA MAN. Follow them too as I am sure they will win soon.
Enjoy the exciting racing over the next few weeks.