KwaZulu Natal raider, Surfin’ USA
(Gold Circle/Summerhill Stud)
Mark Dixon, a stalwart of the Summerhill Ready To Run programme, is realistic about the opposition Surfin’ USA is set to face and had the following to say, “Pocket Power is the best horse in the race, but Surfin’ USA has beaten Dancer’s Daughter before.”
David Thiselton writes for Gold Circle that Surfin’ USA beat Dancer’s Daughter in the 1800m Champion’s Cup (Gr1) at Clairwood, in which he finished a 0,6 lengths third to Buy And Sell, with Pocket Power a head in front of him, and Dancer’s Daughter 0,75 lengths behind him.
Surfin’ USA now faces Buy And Sell on 0,5kg better terms but is 3kg worse off with Pocket Power and 4kg worse off with Dancer’s Daughter.
Surfin’ USA is a horse who runs very well fresh as was proved when, from way behind, he mowed down the field to take victory in the 1800m Midmar Premier Trophy (Gr2) run at Kenilworth on 14 December 2008.
Although Vision Of Grandeur, the horse that finished a head clear or Surfin’ USA in that race, will now be 1kg better off than him in the J&B Met, Mark Dixon believes that “He (Surfin’ USA) is a different horse now. He has never been better and I think he has an outstanding chance of finishing in the first three.”
Surfin’ USA hasn’t raced since the Midmar Premier Trophy due to the fact that Mark Dixon has steadily been preparing his build-up for the J&B Met.
When questioned about the pace, Mark Dixon had the following to say, “He (Surfin’ USA) has the best judge of pace, Piere Strydom, aboard and is also versatile in his running style. He can race handy, like he did in the Champions Cup, and we all saw how well he finished from the back of the field in the Premier.”
“I’ve always thought a mile-and-a-quarter (2000m) would be his best trip,” said Mark Dixon. “I am not at all concerned about the distance.”
Surfin’ USA is drawn eleven and the Summerveld trainer concluded, “I was hoping for a draw between seven and ten so can’t complain.”
Surfin’ USA is a five-year-old gelding by Modern Day and was bred by good friend of Summerhill, Fenn Tarbitt.