Africa's richest race on sand, the Emerald Cup Gr 2, was cancelled on Saturday after bad weather put a stop to racing - immediately before the runners were about to load. The race at the Vaal sand track over 1450m for a stake of R600 000 will now be run on Thursday.
Our home-bred son of Kahal
, The Mouseketeer, will be making a return this year in an attempt to bring home a first-ever double after winning the Emerald Cup last year by almost two lengths. He ran a third to Knock On Wood in the inaugural KZN Breeders Million Mile at Greyville in July. His dam Look Sharp (by Northern Guest) is due to foal to Kahal again this year, and has a Mullin's Bay (by Machiavellian as is Kahal) yearling.
The Mouseketeer is the winner of the last KZN Breeders 1600 at Clairwood in 2011, he went on to win the Grade 3 August Stakes, his first start on sand. His next start he took home the Gr 2 Emerald Cup. Now a five year old, this gelding is trained by Sean Tarry and owned by Supersport personality Neil Andrews and Mr Diedrechsen. Now a six-time winner, he has placed four times. The Mouseketeer also took home the Highveld Racing Award for Champion Sand Specialist at the end of May this year.
A R200 000 Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale Graduate of 2009, he has earned almost R1 million in stakes. Drawn seventh, he will be carrying 56kgs, ridden by Pierre Strydom. The Mouseketeer is a half-brother to Lt Jerry Mouse, a five-time winner including the Listed East Cape Nursery.
The Mouseketeer's dam-line includes Jessamine, the dam of The Sheik and Al Nitak, and includes the likes of Shoe Express and Top Seller.
Initially ear-marked as a reserve runner, Caryl's Law bred by Orangewood Stud, has now been reinstated as a runner after two runners have since withdrawn.
Caryl's Law is by our resident sire Newton
out of Caryl's Pride by Dancing Duel.
Trained by Kom Naidoo, the four year-old gelding is owned by Messrs Morgan Pillay, Mayesh Chetty, Gona Pillay, Manie Pillay and N Singh. Caryl's Law will jump from stall 13 under jockey Derreck Davids.
Caryl's Law has won twice and placed in his last four starts - one of which was at the Vaal on sand over 1600m. Caryl's Law has had three wins and two places, earning over R240 000.
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