South Africa: King hot favourite for Summer Cup

Preview: South Africa, Saturday 2.50pm GMT

Turffontein: Gauteng Sansui Summer Cup (Grade 1 hcap) 1m 2f, turf, 3yo+

TRIPLE CROWN winner Louis The King (Geoff Woodruff/Piere Strydom) is hot favourite to put ‘Striker’ Strydom in the headlines for the second successive Saturday after riding his 5,000th winner on the Joey Ramsden-trained classic hope Act Of War last weekend.

The four-year-old finished like a train, and a certain future winner, on his reappearance in the Charity Mile here four weeks ago and has pleased his trainer since.

Woodruff said: “We thought he would run well in the Charity Mile and I was thrilled with him. He will be cherry-ripe here and I think he can do it.”

Strydom, an astute student of the form book, added: “The horses with the form are Louis The King and No Worries (Gavin van Zyl/Keagan de Milo) who came from draw 16 out of 16 last time and finished in front of Louis The King – although we are hoping that my horse will have come on a bit.”

Epsom-born five times champion trainer Woodruff runs four including the first three in the betting and said: “I would imagine that Rake’s Chestnut (S’Manga Khumalo) will be right there and the question mark with Lockheed Jetstar (Richard Fourie) is whether he will get the trip.”

Alec Laird also runs four and three of them are high up in the market. He said: “This race has been on the cards for As You Like (Marthinus Mienie) for quite some time and he may have needed the Charity Mile run more than Louis The King. Bezanova (Weichong Marwing) won that race and has picked up a penalty making this a little bit harder but Bouclette Top (Grant van Niekerk) comes into the race off a good weight and is tip-top.”

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