A double for the stable!
Thursday saw a shift of venue from Turffontein to the Vaal due to track conditions. It was fortunate that racing could continue, but the change in tracks raised a few questions about how the stable's horses would go. Two winners from three runners was the outcome and gave all connections many smiles!
WHAFEEF was first up on the day converted his very consistent form into a victory. The lightly raced 3-year-old colt by Rafeef notched up is second career win from his 10 starts. Some would say a win overdue, but he had been running in some very competitive races. The form lines were strong and he remained competitive, therefore coming into this race he had a very big winning chance, and even though it was another tough and open field, the low galloping weight would have made him difficult to fight off in the finish. It turns out that he won his race in the same way he won his maiden, which was based on a very close finish which saw him get his nose down on the line and beat the biggest market competitor.
It is evident that he is still immature in the running, but is progressing with every run. He may be a colt to shortlist as he continues to mature and if he is handicapped correctly, there should be more wins to come. It was another winner for the Ackerman family who has had a good run of form lately and well deserved for what has been invested into the industry. Congratulations to Mr Ackerman!
In the very next race, the stable had two runners, ADMIRAL DOOLEY and CASTLE CORNER, who both had good each way chances coming into the race and looked like a stable double might have been a possibility. ADMIRAL DOOLEY stepped up to the task and won an impressive race. Also another lightly raced 3-year-old having his 10th career run. The Soft Falling Rain gelding is now a 3 time winner, coming from his last 4 starts. He is a strong handy runner and Kabelo Matsunyane, who has partnered him in most of his starts knew exactly how to let him roll out in a handy position. How he would handle the long Vaal straight was of some concern, but things had panned out well, and even though he only won by a length it seemed like Kabelo was always in control and won a decent race.
He may be another progressive type but will also depend on how he is handicapped to stay competitive in his upcoming races. He should continue to improve with age and experience. Congratulations to Mr Ian van Schalkwyk for another winner in those very well known silks which had Alula's Star win just a few days prior.