Walls Of Dubrovnik Takes A Bonus Chase To PE
The Mike Miller-trained Walls Of Dubrovnik will make an audacious last gasp attempt to land a R500,000 bonus by travelling down to Port Elizabeth to run in the Listed Champion Juvenile Cup over 1400m on the Fairview turf on Friday.
When the new Hemel ‘n Aarde stallion Fencing Master arrived in South Africa in 2016 stallion manager David Allan of David Allan Bloodlines announced a R1-million bonus to be potentially distributed among the three best two-year-olds conceived by this stallion in his first covering season.
UK-based Colin Bird owns Fencing Master and Allan announced that in support of the British-bred stallion the owner, trainer and breeder of his three best black type two-year-olds conceived in 2016 would receive respective bonuses of R500,000, R300,000 and R200,000.
On first interpretation it seems the money will be split between owner, trainer and breeder.
Friday is officially the last day of the season, so the Champion Juvenile Cup has allowed the two-year-old colt an eleventh hour opportunity to land the bonus.
Walls Of Dubrovnik finished a strong-finishing third in the KZN Yearling Sale Million over 1300m at the Vodacom Durban July meeting on Saturday. Unfortunately, that race is Non-Black Type so did not qualify him for the bonus.
That was his second run in the famous Gujadhur family colours. The Gujadhurs of Mauritius own one of the oldest racing stables in the world and are viewed virtually as royalty by the island’s passionate racing public.
Walls Of Dubrovnik went within 1,4 lengths of claiming the R500,000 cheque on June 13 when finishing fourth in the Grade 3 Godolphin Barb Stakes over 1100m. He would have gained black type with a third-place finish.
He was subsequently sold to the Gujadhurs in a deal brokered by Vermaak Equine.
Mike Miller’s son and assistant, Sterling, said the colt had come out of his race on Saturday well.
He added, “The 1400m is a bit of a stretch but he should get it if ridden correctly. On Saturday he came from near last to run third.”
He does have a tough draw of eight out of ten to overcome and will be ridden by Shadley Fortune.
Walls Of Dubrovnik is on the float today and will be taken care of in PE by Gavin Smith.
In other Miller yard news blinkers will be tried on their good looking Oratorio colt Royal Exhibit, who was a bit detached in the running of the Grade 2 Durban Golden Horseshoe over 1400m on Saturday before running on to be beaten 4,15 lengths into ninth. His targets will be a maiden and then the Grade 1 Premier’s Champions Stakes over 1600m on Gold Cup day.
Copy: David Thiselton, Gold Circle. Image: Candiese Lenferna Photography.