Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Slow Starter Jo'burg Is Worth a Flutter

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Slow Starter Jo'burg Is Worth a Flutter

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FORMER BBC pundit Julian Wilson is a shrewd operator in the betting ring and rarely misses an opportunity to capitalise when placing his horses.

And, as the face of Seymour Bloodstock UK, he has done a splendid job so far with the company-owned Jo'Burg, having won two handicaps at Sandown this year which qualifies him for the pounds 100,000 bonus if collecting the Sunderlands Handicap at the Esher track's Variety Club meeting today.

The six-year-old went up 11lb for his successes and only one rival managed to thwart him of his hat-trick at Ascot last month. Another 2lb rise followed, but the handicapper has dropped him that amount since his latest unplaced effort at Goodwood.

Bearing in mind he has enjoyed most of his success on stiffer courses, Goodwood was unlikely to suit him and, despite a late flourish on the outside, he was never going to figure in the prize-money. But the outing served its purpose in terms of his mark.

Jo'Burg is a renowned slow starter and nearly always gives himself plenty to do, but he is noted for producing a sustained late run and an uphill finish helps his cause. He is proven over the course and distance, which is an added advantage, and as he delivers his challenge wide, there is less chance of traffic problems.

Greylami, who lowered Jo'Burg's colours at Ascot, has since failed off his new rating behind Hanoverian Baron and I think he will struggle to confirm form with my selection.

Godolphin have been clicking with their juveniles and Roayh should appreciate the step up to seven furlongs for the Alexis Catchpole Celebration Solario Stakes.

He is the most experienced youngster in the line-up and, although he has won only once from five starts, he has been consistent and his latest third to Libranno in the Group Two Richmond Stakes was a solid enough effort. Richard Hannon and Mark Johnston have good records in this event - two winners apiece in the last 10 years - and the former would appear to have the better chance with dual scorer Measuring Time over Johnston's Stentorian. …

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