Mike Moon
Horse racing correspondent
2 minute read
29 Aug 2020
5:07 am

Is the Gold Cup really a boat race?

Mike Moon

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Revered trainer Wendy Whitehead saddles three runners in Race 6 at the Greyville Polytrack meeting on Wednesday. Picture: iStock

All the talk about boat races in Durban this weekend has nothing to do with aquatic sports, but rather about equine action at Greyville. “Boat race” is horse racing lingo for a “two-horse race”, a contest in which only two of the runners are reckoned to have any chance of winning. The term comes from the annual Oxford-Cambridge universities rowing race, where there are only two competitors. At Greyville today, there will be plenty of combatants in every race – and there’s the rub. Champion jockey Warren Kennedy was quoted this week saying he believed the Champions Cup was indeed...