The Computaform Sprint (Grade 1)
(Photo : Computaform /Phumelela)
THE SA DERBY, SA OAKS AND THE COMPUTAFORM SPRINT
There’s been an awful lot in the news and on television about Pierre Jourdan and his crack at the SASCOC Triple Crown next Saturday (24th April), but there’s a helluva supporting cast around the SA Derby, including the SA Oaks (Salutation has a go at restoring the fortunes of a family which last tasted Group One glory with Last Watch in the SA Classic equivalent of yesteryear).
But for race goers, the other very serious diversion on Champions Day, revolves around the Computaform Sprint (Gr1), which has thrown up its own retinue of legends over the years. This year’s renewal must rival, if not outpoint any of its predecessors, with three individual champions taking on one another in what might arguably turn out to be the fastest 1000 metres the world has ever witnessed, given its history of 55 seconds scorchers.
Yes, a Triple Crown bid at a mile and a half, and a world-class dash at a 1000 metres, with nothing but a hair’s breadth separating the candidates on their best exposed form.
One thing’s for sure, the result will be tight; there will be no Ussain Bolt surging away from a gathering of street joggers this time, and it will be a wonderful prelude to a assault on the Triple Crown by arguably the best Three Year Old we’ve seen since Horse Chestnut.
What a day for racing.
R1 Million COMPUTAFORM SPRINT (Grade 1)
24 April 2010
|1||PRIVATE JET (ARG)||60||115||4||P Strydom||Geoff Woodruff|
|2||WARM WHITE NIGHT||60||114||1||A Marcus||Charles Laird|
|3||MYTHICAL FLIGHT||60||113||11||J Geroudis||Sean Tarry|
|4||INTELLECTUAL||60||110||6||R Danielson||Herman Brown|
|5||SOUTH COUNTRY||60||106||9||A Fortune||Gary Alexander|
|6||STRIKE PARADISE||60||105||7||B Lerena||Dominic Zaki|
|7||LIGHTENING LECTURE||60||102||10||S Khumalo||David Nieuwenhuizen|
|8||OPENING NIGHT||60||95||5||M V’Rensberg||Clinton Binda|
|9||LAUREAL MAN(BRZ)||58||92||3||D David||Brett Webber|
|10||NOBLE HEIR||57.5||105||8||A Delpech||Dennis Bosch|
|11||GOLDEN SECRET||57.5||88||12||*JP v’d Merwe||Mike Azzie|
|12||ESTEREL||55.5||101||2||F Naude||Dianne Stenger|