Business Day (Johannesburg)

6 March 2009

South Africa: Injured Eagle Mountain to Miss Dubai

Johannesburg — EAGLE Mountain - hero of the Cathay Pacific Cup in Hong Kong in December - has been injured and will miss the $6m Dubai World Cup on March 28.

This is a blow to trainer Mike de Kock as Eagle Mountain scored an impressive win at Sha-Tin racecourse, and looked set to be one of the leading fancies for the World Cup. While the injury is not life-threatening, it is believed Eagle Mountain will be sidelined for some time. Fortunately, De Kock has a strong team in Dubai and is sure to be represented in the world's richest race.

De Kock does not have any runners at Turffontein tomorrow, and the R135000 Bauhinia Handicap could go to Roy Magner's speedy filly, Sweet Sanette. This R400000 daughter of Jallad has won three of her five starts, and Magner may have found the ideal race to increase that tally.

Sweet Sanette will carry just 52kg and both Lady Perez and Picadilly Miss may battle to give weight to their younger rival.

A bigger danger could be Louis Goosen's sprinter, Bellotto Flash, who came from off the pace to score in good style at the Vaal last month. The Aussie import goes well for jockey Deon Sampson and this combination is a must for inclusion in exotic perms.

Paul Matchett narrowly missed out in the Gauteng Guineas with Cerise Cherry, and has a live candidate in this 1000m contest in the form of the mare, Copper Jet. The five-year-old is 2kg better off than Sweet Sanette compared with their recent clash on sand, but the latter loves the Turffontein track and may confirm the form.

The other feature event -- the R165000 Jacaranda Handicap -- could go to Geoff Woodruff's Aussie import, Academy Colours.

Following a poor performance when her trainer felt she wasn't well, the four-year-old bounced back to form over 1800m at the Vaal and looks on a handy mark in this Grade 3 contest.

She's On Fire showed she is coming back to her best when third in the Wolf Power Handicap. Whether Ormond Ferraris's mare can give 8,5kg to Academy Colours remains to be seen.

Trainer Gary Alexander has booked top KwaZulu-Natal jockey Robbie Hill for the ride on Lisa Anne. The filly has a favourable draw and should take a hand in the finish provided she stays the 1800m trip. Others to consider in an open handicap are Run Angel Run and Supper Club.

Matchett has a strong hand with two runners, Deigo and Runaway Man, in the Storm Bird Stakes over 1000m.

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