Bingwa to stay with gameplan

Bingwa to stay with gameplan


Jack Milner: When it comes to luck of the draw, Bingwa has none of it.

He landed the widest barrier position in the Allied Steelrode – OnamissionMile and will have to jump from No 18 draw in tomorrow’s R2-million World Sports Betting present the Gauteng Summer Cup (Grade 1) over 2000m at Turffontein.

The good news for Bingwa and his connections is he won the OnamissionMile, despite the draw.

“We plan to run exactly the same race,” trainer Dorrie Sham remarked. “We’ll use his gate speed to overcome the draw and have him race close to the pace.

“He’s an extremely easy horse to train. As you see him at the racecourse, is the way he is at home. He doesn’t pull in a race, he settles. He’s a big unassuming horse, he slops around and is very laid back.”

The one concern is the distance as he has yet to demonstrate he will see out 2000m, particularly in a competitive race as strong as the Summer Cup. But Sham is not too bothered. “We’re not worried about the distance. He won a Pinnacle Stakes over 1800m and in the SA Derby over 2450m he was close up until the final 250m. That race was a case of too far too soon for him.

“He was not disgraced in all three legs of the Triple Crown, and he had an excuse in every leg. I’m not saying he could have won any of them, but he could have finished a bit closer.”

He did beat both Malmoos and Got The Greenlight in the OnamissionMile but Sham understands they both needed their respective runs. “Bingwa is very well. I’m not saying he’s better, but we are going to take our chances

“I know what it takes to win these races but we’re following a dream path we never expected to happen. He is not out at the weights, but he did get a 3.5kg penalty for his last win so he now has to show he can do it with the weight.

“But he’s a big horse, he’ll carry it.”

Sham also saddles Magnum P I in Race 2 who she is hoping will finally crack a win after three successive seconds


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