Corne Spies is hoping that the stable’s good form can continue into Durban July Day at Greyville, the meeting at which he saddled three winners in 2019.
There were two winners at the Vaal on Tuesday and Spies said: “This has kept the momentum going, our horses are well going into the July meeting and we’re pleased with all of them.”
He singled out Supreme Quest (Race 1), William Robertson (Race 2) and Singforafa (Race 9) as the stable’s main contenders on the day and said: “Supreme Quest is flying, doing very well. She has the inside draw at 1, but as we’ve seen she has a tendency to start slow and that will affect what happens in the race. If all goes her way here, she’s a big runner.
“William Robertson drew wide at 13, that’s a punishment at Greyville, though he might well be suited to a wider draw here. He’s a big, strapping horse with a loping stride and if he gets involved in the scrum down the inside that will blow his chances.”
He joked: “Andrew Fortune told me we can only Bard Of Avon if we start now, so we have. We are already in Durban (Friday) and my runners all travelled well.”
He said about Singforafa: “She runs from the front, has the pace to get across from her wide draw so there won’t be many options for her really.”
David Makins, into his sixth decade of owning and breeding, enjoyed another home-bred winner when two-year-old Laird Of Breedon (Crusade, headline photo) won his Maiden at the Vaal over 1400m and Corne said: “It’s wonderful to still be training winners for the Makins’s after all these years.
“Sherman Brown rode a good race in weaving his way through to get this one home. Laird Of Breedon lacks experience, he is dumb still and this has cost him so far, but he has plenty to come. He’ll win us a few races.”
“Spartan Warrior is a nice, big horse, an impressive son of Captain Of All. This was his second run after a rest and he’s on the upward curve, I think that he, too is one that will win again.”