Tip of the Week
Racecourse : Kenilworth
Date : 26/05/2013
Tip : Race 8 (1) Lancelin - each way
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|What A Winter back to brilliant best|
|Mark Bass, 16/07/2012|
Star sprinter What A Winter won his second group 1 race when comfortably winning the Clairwood Mercury sprint by 3 lengths yesterday afternoon. Mike Bass apologized to the racing public for his last two below par performances and seemed relieved to inform his followers that his sprinter was back to his brilliant best.
“I have to apologize and take the blame for his last two runs where he briefly blotted his copy book, but he is back to his winning ways now. I don't have a horse in my stable that can go with him." said Mike.
I still don't know why he didn't run well at Scottsville, I can't make any excuses, perhaps the JHB trip? but I really can't say.”
It's been a tough season admittedly for Mike Bass but said that to have a horse with this type of class and ability, and put it together when it counts most, makes it all worthwhile.
Bernard Fayd’Herbe, who has had a brilliant season, said he would have liked to have hung on a while longer but was forced into sending him earlier than expected. “I gave him a few light reminders to keep his mind on the task at hand, and he responded beautifully. He is a special horse when he is at his best like this.”
Bass said of WAW that he was potentially the best sprinter to have come through his yard thus far.
"He must be the best around for some time now" he said. “When he is at his best he is simply awesome”
Mike also said he was very happy to have another big won for and Bryn Ressell. "I guess when I am on the sidelines; so are they, so I am pleased he has won a group 1 for them”
Rushing Wind could not get his usual late dash in after being bumped and cramped for galloping room at crucial stages in the race, but has still had a terrific Natal season. He, along with What A Winter, will now take a good break and return back home with the balance of the string at the end of the season.
When asked what next for his sprinter? Mike said “He is beautifully bred and on track for what hopefully looks like a smart career at stud. “There has been some serious interest in his stud career but I will have a meeting with the owners after this season and weigh up the options. I would like to have another crack at the Cape season and possibly include the Queen’s Plate onto his agenda. It’s a race I have always believed would suit him well, and would like to see him have a go at it next year. I am still convinced he will see out the mile comfortably".
Another option for the Western Winter colt would be to have a campaign overseas. ‘’If they relax the restrictions it would be something we would seriously consider” He said.
The Bass stable would also like to mention Robin Hamilton and Mike and Gail Barnard"s Daytona Stud who bred What A Winter. “They have a top class breeding operation in Ceres and thoroughly deserve the success” said Bass.