Talktothestars bids for more Grade 1 glory at Greyville

General view at Greyville Racecourse

Greyville Racecourse will host the Mercury Sprint on Saturday

  PICTURE: Getty Images  

 By Michael Clower 8:52AM 16 JUL 2016 

Preview: South Africa, Saturday

Greyville: Mercury Sprint (Grade 1) 6f, turf, 3yo+

TALKTOTHESTARS (Coenie de Beer/Gavin Lerena) had several of these behind when giving weight all round in the Grade 1 Tsogo Sprint Handicap over this trip at Scottsville last month and now meets them under weight-for-age conditions in the Mercury Sprint (2.20BST).

Piere Strydom, who rode him that day, partners last month’s convincing Turffontein winner Trip Tease for his former brother-in-law Louis Goosen but said:  “I have been riding for Louis and owner Mr Ferreira for so long that I don’t want to mess things up for just one ride. If that was not the case I would have chosen to ride Talktothestars without a doubt.”

Trip To Heaven (Sean Tarry/S’Manga Khumalo) has been the gamble of the last three days, being backed from 7-1 to 100-30 favourite. He finished first in the Grade 1 Gold Challenge over a mile here five weeks ago but was relegated to second for interference. He has some smart form over this trip.

Gulf Storm (Brett Crawford/Corne Orffer) won the big Cape Town sprint – the Cape Flying Championship – over a furlong less in January but ran below that form in the Scottsville race.

Crawford said: “I put blinkers on for the Cape Flying but I made the mistake of leaving them on in the six furlong race and he pulled too hard. I will take them off this time and I am sure he will run a much better race.”

Red Ray (Joey Ramsden/Anton Marcus) returned from a 16-month absence to take fourth at Scottsville but disappointed here next time.

Real Princess (Dean Kannemeyer/Anthony Delpech) won the Grade 1 Fillies Sprint at Scottsville, beating Fly By Night (Mike Bass/Brandon Lerena) by a length and a quarter), and Kannemeyer said: “She is a better horse than she was six months ago and she has fantastic cruising speed.”

 
Horse Racing News | Racing Post

By continuing to use the site, you agree to the use of cookies. more information

The cookie settings on this website are set to "allow cookies" to give you the best browsing experience possible. If you continue to use this website without changing your cookie settings or you click "Accept" below then you are consenting to this.

Close