Mike Moon
Horse racing correspondent
3 minute read
15 Aug 2020
9:18 am

Big weight, also of expectation and money, on grand old man

Mike Moon

He may be old enough to have been some of the other racer's father, but that hasn't stopped It’s My Turn from turning up as 2-1 favourite for the Gold Cup

He is drawn 20 out of the 22 entrants; he is set to carry 60kg – more than any horse has carried to victory in this race – and he’s just turned eight, an age at which most racehorses are enjoying  retirement in a grassy paddock with nice countryside views. Yet bookmakers have priced up It’s My Turn as 2-1 favourite for the Gold Cup, to be run at Greyville on 29 August. The early betting for South Africa’s premier long-distance race might be a reflection on the quality of the rest of the field and on the quality of...