UK Turf Season picks up and SA’s Durban Season gathers pace

HINTLESHAM THOROUGHBREDS should have its first runner when TF108 rated sprinter FATHOM FIVE gets going in 2009 at Epsom on 22nd April. He’d want easy ground so we hope it does not dry up too much. Chris Wall is pleased with him at home and the same applies to GRAND VIZIER and YEOMAN OF ENGLAND who should be in faster work within a couple of weeks.

Soon afterwards, probably on 29th at Kempton, CWM RHONDDA hopes to take advantage of a low handicap mark achieved when still weak and backward last year. Others to follow her out of the Chapple-Hyam yard soon include BOMBER BROWN who should have won on the all-weather but for his rider being hit in the face by a flying shoe and in mid May, potentially smart 2 year old CUNNING PLAN. DON’T PANIC is in disgrace having refused to exit the stalls twice, a syndrome which is very difficult to correct.

Meanwhile in South Africa, recent winner TITUS ALONE may reappear on 26th April but before then two fillies with nice pedigrees will make their debuts at 2, probably needing the runs but ready to show potential all going well. CAPE ESCAPE and CAPE GETAWAY will, coincidentially, take on ROMANESQUE, Allan Bloodlines’ sale topping purchase at the National Sales last year.

Good filly KIMIGAIO is in Durban for their season and is in a conditions race and a Group 3 from which to make a choice next week. SEVEN VEILS ran disappointingly 6th the other day and may have swallowed her tonge. She is already a winner but could be black type quality.

Others such as winners NINETY DEGREES and MONDANE should come out soon, both in the Cape, for racing club STRAIGHT BAT RACING and a UK syndicate respectively.