Justin's Blog

Racing’s pendulum swings high and low

Beaute Noire, stakes potential.
Beaute Noire, stakes potential.

THE highs and lows of racing can be frustrating, to say the least, but perhaps we’re all in it for the bumpy ride, which makes it interesting.

We were setting up for a big few days for Green Street with two nice youngsters running – Beaute Noire in a handicap at Greyville and Last Outlaw in a handicap at Turffontein. Literally within seconds of laying down a nice few bets to try pay for some Xmas shopping, a call from Chesney Van Zyl informed me of the late scratching for Last Outlaw.

A few expletives came to mind. A quick bit of restructuring took place revolving around Beaute Noire and she duly arrived a few hours later, taking me from the depths of despair to the heights of elation within hours.

I must make mention of our owner Roman Szymonowicz here, for a record that is quite incredible. Roman has three horses with GSB, which he owns outright. They have recorded 15 runs between them, 13 times finishing in the first three which includes 3 wins. That really is quite something.

It's fair to say trainer Weiho Marwing is quite happy leading in Beaute Noire!
It’s fair to say trainer Weiho Marwing is quite happy leading in Beaute Noire!

Beaute Noire is by Black Minnaloushe, in my book the most underrated sire in SA. A triple crown winner including a Derby (Louis The King) and Oaks (Ash Cloud) double on the same day plus the Gr1 winning exploits of Arabian Beat never seemed enough to save him from severe lack of commerciality.

Mind you, if siring a Breeders’ Cup winner and Gr1 winners on four continents wasn’t enough that feat probably wouldn’t do the trick either, though no problem for shrewd buyers who are looking to buy racehorses and not the latest fashion I suppose.

Thanks to Weiho Marwing as well, he has done so well with horses I have sent him. The first from Maine Chance was a filly that couldn’t get a bid at the sale called Bilateral, and she won a Gr1. Next was Zafira, she ran a place in the Oaks and is nailed down to win a staked race. Now from Green Street we have Beaute Noire who I am sure will be a stakes performer when she goes the Oaks distance.

As I said earlier, Last Outlaw was scratched from his Vaal engagement on 10 November , he jarred up after a workout, but we are represented by Spun Out on the night. Paul Lafferty raids Turffontein with a few runners and our son of Hard Spun will love the trip and the track that’s for sure. Whether whether he should be at odds of 8/10 is another matter as he has disappointed so far and got beat in a field last time which is easily as weak as this one. That being said, if he travels to altitude well enough to complete a 2000m event like this he should be right there, especially under my favourite jockey.

We also have Miss Malbec competing at Kenilworth. She took longer than expected to win her maiden but the form has been franked more than once and these consistent maiden types seem to run well when entering the open ranks, she defeated fellow GSB inmate Midtown Manhattan when winning – on her behalf Midtown Manhattan won her next start and then ran a cracking third from a bad draw out the maidens. Miss Malbec must have an each way chance.

It doesn’t stop there as we have three runners on the weekend as well, they sure are coming thick and fast these days.

The Charity Mile in my book was a class success. Good to see my old friend Johan Janse Van Vuuren cleaning up on the day. We both started as assistant trainers at The Vaal and as soon as I was in a position to start sending him horses to train, I did. Girl On The Run was the first and she is now a stakes winner, we have been super patient with her and have been well rewarded. We’ve just sent Johan the half sister to Princess Victoria and full sister to Princess Royal to train and I have sent him four Green Street babies as well, hopefully a fruitful partnership for the future.

After a busy weekend I will be flying to Singapore again next week, departing on Wednesday and returning the following Wednesday just before the Ready To Run race. We have some owners joining me in Singapore for the Gold Cup where we have our first Green Street runner in our colours, our horse Risky Rockefeller had a nice fitness builder over 1200m last time when running on well, he goes over 1400m and drops in division on Gold Cup day and we are hoping for a winner.

Until next week!