THW: Gentle Irony, Best Import?

THE HOARSE WHISPERER  By Jenny Ortuoste for Manila Standard-Today, 10 August 2011, Wednesday

Gentle Irony, Best Import?

Two Australian imports belonging to the same stable copped the first two places in the Philippine Racing Commission Peridot Stakes held last Sunday (August 7) at the Manila Jockey Club’s San Lazaro Leisure Park.

Coupled entries Gentle Irony and Juggling Act were sent off as the favorites in the tough 1,900-meter race dubbed the 4th leg of the Imported/Local Challenge series.

With star jockey Jesse Guce aboard, , Gentle Irony came from behind to reach the wire ahead of his Fernando Raquel Jr.-ridden stable mate Juggling Act. Both are owned by longtime horseowner Atty. Narciso Morales and trained by Nelson Lorica.

Multiply placed third , Batang Tundo fourth. Quarters for the race were 6’-23’-26’-24’26, for a total time of 1:58.8.

A group of horseowners discussing industry issues the other night opined that Gentle Irony and Juggling Act are perhaps the best imports on the track this season. They’d be pretty hard to beat in any race they’re in. And it’s all to the good for the owner to have both these hot properties on his team.

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These gentlemen also talked about the good performance put on by superfilly Tensile Strength in a condition race for mixed 3YO that same day. Steered by Jeffril Zarate, the Felizardo Sevilla Jr.-owned Tensile Strength soundly beat the favorite, bay colt Magna Carta. It’s no fluke, because the exact same thing happened in the third leg of the Triple Crown last July.

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On Saturday (August 13) at the Philippine Racing Club’s Santa Ana Park, Alpha Alleanza, Fair Wind, Going West, Humble Riches, Kogarah Lass, Lohrkes Tower, and Pure Grace will do battle against each other in the Philracom 3rd leg Juvenile Fillies stakes.

Humble Riches won the 2nd leg, and she’s the one to beat here. Alpha Alleanza came in second to her, and she could do well again.

On Sunday (August 14) will be the counterpart Colts stakes featuring Art Attack, Bechot, Cinderella Kid, Foursome, Golden Empire, Jet Stream, Petronas, Sky Serpent, Steel Creation, Stolen Time, and Yes I’m The One.

I’m putting my shirt on Jet Stream to win this one the same way he did the 2nd leg – in blitzkrieg fashion.

Both races will be run over 1,200 meters, with set weight handicapping of 52 kgs for fillies and 54 kgs for colts.

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Speedy colt Who Else burned up the track last August 2 at the trial for the August 21 Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office Special Maiden Race.

Held at SLLP over 1,300 meters, the Eduardo Gonzalez-owned colt steered by jockey Esmael Nahilat won by 1-1/2 lengths and clocked 7’-24’-24’-28 for 1:25’ over 1,300 meters.

Pleasantly Perfect (1:26) took second; Dancing Dolphin third and Carmelo fourth, both posting 1:26’.

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In other racing news, local turfdom played host to visitors from abroad who came over to observe and share information.

Last July 24-25, Philracom took around four officials and a veterinarian from the Korean Racing Authority. They were the guests of honor at SLLP for the Philippines-Korea Friendship Race and the KRA Trophy Race.

Last August  1-2, C. Mano and Greg Manley of Hygain Feeds in Singapore paid a visit, along with Peter Lord and veterinarian Dr. Ross Teitzel.

Mano, Greg, and Peter – who’ve been here before – gave a seminar on equine health and nutrition under the sponsorship of Mandaluyong Mayor Benhur Abalos. In attendance at the Manila Polo Club were racehorse owners and riders and enthusiasts from the equestrian circuit.  Dr. Ross was here to attend to some clients’ horses at the Batangas thoroughbred ranches.   ***

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