Al Sahem 12-10 for SA Classic
Published: 27 March 2017
Al Sahem, so narrowly beaten in the Betting World Gauteng Guineas over 1600m at Turffontein on 4 March, has been priced up 12-10 favourite for the R2-million SA Classic (Grade 1) over 1800m at Turffontein this Saturday.
The Sean Tarry-trained Silvano colt still showed signs of inexperience in the Gauteng Guineas in only his third career start. He ran in snatches down the straight before getting the message in the final 100m and closed fast on start-to-finish winner Janoobi to get beaten by a long head.
Al Sahem had not enjoyed an ideal preparation going into that race and will also relish this longer distance.
Heavenly Blue, who finished third in the Gauteng Guineas, is second favourite at 2-1, with assistant trainer Mathew de Kock believing he can easily turn around the 1.50 lengths with stable companion Janoobi over the 1800m.
The SA Fillies Classic betting is dominated by Tarry-trained Smiling Blue Eyes, winner of the Wilgerbosdrift Gauteng Fillies Guineas and an even-money shot for the second leg of the Wilgerbosdrift Triple Tiara.
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