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Love Struck and TellinaLove Struck and Tellina fight out the SA Classic finish
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DAILY NEWS 2000 (Grade 1)
Greyville, Turf, 2000m
1 June 2013

Paul Lafferty is currently in Australia at a Magic Millions Sale so has left capable assistant trainer Michael Burns to put the finishing touches to his Daily News 2000 contender Love Struck.

The Summerhill-bred gelding won the Grade 1 SA Classic over 1800m at Turffontein on his last start on 30 March, beating another Daily News contender, Tellina, by a short-head. Burns said: “He’s doing well, he’s well in himself and his work at home has been promising. This will tell us whether he stays the 2000m. I would think that the Greyville 2000m is right down his alley.” The tough Turffontein 1800m is probably the equivalent of a Greyville 2000m in terms of stamina, so Burns could well be right in the latter regard. Love Struck is drawn at No 10 and Sean Cormack rides.

Love Struck, on 103, is rated 3,5kg inferior to the 110 merit-rated Capetown Noir. However, Gitiano, who finished 2,25 lengths behind Love Struck the SA Classic, was only 3,5 lengths behind Capetown Noir when said by the Alec Laird yard to have run a flat race in the Grade 2 KRA Guineas last time out.

Laird has since sent Gitiano for another gallop at Greyville, although the main reason was as a companion to Orator’s Daughter. After the gallop he decided that Orator’s Daughter would not run in Saturday’s Grade 1 Woolavington 2000.

Julia Pringle, Laird’s Summerveld assistant, said: “She was green at Turffontein and Greyville is not an easy course. She is immature and it would have been too much for her at this stage. She will make a very nice four-year-old.”

She said about Gitiano: “He is working well and put up a good gallop at Greyville. He travelled down shortly before the KRA Guineas and the travel might have affected him as he ran a flat race. The 2000m is the top end of his stamina capacity. However, he was running on at the end of the Classic and Geyville is a more forgiving course. It’s a strong field, but he is a nice horse and can run a nice race.”

Gitiano is drawn at No 8 and Nooresh Juglall will ride him.

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