Nov 14 2017


Passionate racing man Sean Singleton made a big impact last season as the owner of history-making stayer Hermoso Mundo and his colourful “Woer Woer Masjien” warcry has become so keenly anticipated he is now expected to deliver it whenever stepping up on to the winner’s podium.

Singleton now finds himself in dreamland once again as Hermoso Mundo has shot to the top of the Sansui Summer Cup boards and is quoted by Betting World at 8/1.

The five-year-old Ideal World gelding made his seasonal reappearance earlier this month in the Emperor’s Palace Charity Mile.

He appeared to run a bit of a flat race at first sight when finishing a 9,25 length 14th .

The run hardly seemed to justify him becoming Summer Cup favourite.

Singleton said he had also initially been disappointed with the run, but soon had a different view.

He said, “He was running over a distance short of his best and if you watch the replay he accelerated superbly at the 300m mark. Weichong (Marwing) was beaming from ear to ear when he returned to the parade ring. He will be cherry ripe for the Summer Cup and I am sure he will bring his ‘woer-woer’ when it counts at his home course over a more suitable trip (2000m).

Hermoso Mundo became the first horse to win the “gold” triple crown, consisting of the Gold Bowl (3200m), the Gold Vase (3000m) and the Gold Cup (3200m).

He is obviously at his best over two miles, but another key is his turnaround in form since joining the Weiho Marwing yard. His record for the yard is three victories in four starts and he has gone from a 73 merit rating to 100.

He has a beautiful, long-striding action, so is perfectly suited to the galloping Turffontein Standside track with its long straight.

Hermoso Mundo will carry a featherweight of 52kg in the Summer Cup as things stand, but that will depend on whether 115 merit rated Deo Juvente stands his ground.

The big bay is sure to be staying on strongly on November 25 and racing fans will be looking forward to that warcry if the bookmakers are proven to have it right.

David Thiselton

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