SANSUI SUMMER CUP (Grade 1)
Turffontein, Turf, 2000m
1 December 2012
Pierre Jourdan could be a big runner in tomorrow’s Grade 1 R2 Million Sansui Summer Cup in which he carries 58kg off a merit rating of 106 compared to topweight of 60kg off a merit rating of 116 last year. He is also long overdue a change in luck.
The Summerhill-bred gelding was slow away in his last start, the Peermont Emperors Palace Charity Mile, when squeezed out and then badly bumped by a horse coming across which made it hard for him to make up the ground in the fast going on the day. He also met interference in his previous start in the Grade 3 Joburg Spring Challenge over 1450m and could have finished second instead of fourth behind the classy Link Man.
The Gary Alexander yard must be wondering if Pierre Jourdan will ever get a clean race as he also had bad luck through the Champions Season, including in the Vodacom Durban July. However, he is now four points down the merit ratings since his last win in last year’s Charity Mile and he has the in-form maestro Piere Strydom aboard.
In last year’s Summer Cup, Pierre Jourdan finished last, but it appearedded on that occasion that he was over raced. Although Alexander said he would have preferred him to be a touch closer to the inside, the wide draw of 13 is just about ideal for Strydom who will be able to choose where he wants to be and is a master of slipstreaming. Alexander also hoped that he would at least have a chance of staying out of trouble from that draw and added that his first two runs of the season were preparation runs for this race and despite his rough race last time out, Pierre Jourdan had returned sound. “He is doing well and his prep has gone quite nicely,” Alexander said. “He hasn’t done too much wrong.”
Alexander felt he had a few other chances on the day. He reckoned the Trippi colt No Prisoners, with Strydom up, would be a “big runner in that field” in the second, where he is quoted as even money favourite. He gave Radiant Rock “a place shout” in the tenth, despite odds of 33-1, as she “always without fail tries her heart out.” He added that the 2000m trip would suit Mystic Tigress, a 10-1 shot in the eleventh.
Extract from Gold Circle