John Koumides

Raise The Bar adds to Impressive Race Record

Raise The Bar HorseRaise The Bar
(Photo : JC Photos)

RAISE THE BAR (SAF)
Goldkeeper (USA) - Moving On Up (SAF) by Jallad (USA)

The Backworth-bred 5-year-old mare, Raise The Bar (SAF) (Goldkeeper (USA) - Moving On Up (SAF)), won the Computaform Express Conditions Plate (F&M) over 1450m on the Vaal sand Monday before Christmas under jockey Randall Simons.

Our congratulations go to owner Mr John Koumides as well as to trainer Paul Matchett and his team.

This win takes Raise The Bar’s career record to 7 wins and 13 places from 30 starts, with earnings of R594,375.

COMPUTAFORM EXPRESS CONDITIONS PLATE (F & M)
Vaal, Sand, 1450m
24 December 2012

Win Time : 89.29

# LBH Horse Kg MR Dr Jockey Trainer
1 0.00 RAISE THE BAR 60.0 95 2 R Simons Paul Matchett
2 0.75 MAGIC SMOKE 54.0 93 6 * N Juglall Mike Azzie
3 4.50 SHATTERED IMAGE 56.0 87 3 G Lerena Roy Magner
4 5.00 AMUR AFFAIR 52.0 92 10 R Danielson Mike de Kock
5 12.00 HOTEL ROYALE 61.0 83 9 * A Aucharuz (4.0) Leon Erasmus
6 15.25 FOLLOW THE PIPER 64.0 105 4 P Strydom Sean Tarry
7 16.00 TALLY BLUE (USA) 54.0 82 5 R Fradd Mike Azzie
8 16.75 TOBE’S LASS 51.0 61 7 E Pheiffer Corne Spies
9 18.00 VARIETY SHOW 52.0 79 8 ** D Lembethe (+0.5) Sean Tarry
10 24.00 ATONEMENT 52.0 50 1 * C Zackey (4.0) Romeo Francis

RAISE THE BAR GOLDEN IN LISTED NKOSAZANA STAKES

Raise The Bar wins the Nkosazana StakesRaise The Bar wins the Nkosazana Stakes
(Photo : JC Photos)

RAISE THE BAR (SAF)
Goldkeeper (USA) - Moving On Up (SAF) by Jallad (USA)

The Paul Matchett-trained 4-year-old filly, Raise The Bar (SAF) (Goldkeeper (USA) - Moving On Up (SAF)), had stepped onto the Vaal sand track nine times in her career prior to Tuesday; for 3 wins and 5 places.

Sitting on the rail at the back of the pack under the experienced Marthinus Mienie, Raise The Bar had it all to do coming into the final straight. With 300m to go, Ugly Betty (ARG) (Mutakddim (USA)) surged to the fore with Raise The Bar and Sapphire Ring (SAF) (Spectrum (IRE)) in hot pursuit. With 150m to go, it was all over as Raise The Bar surged clear to win going away by 2.5 lengths from Ugly Betty and Shattered Image (SAF) (Damage Is Done (SAF)).

Our congratulations go to owner Mr John Koumides as well as to trainer Paul Matchett and his team.

This win takes Raise The Bar’s career record to 6 wins and 9 places from 21 starts, with earnings of R479,125.

NKOSAZANA STAKES (Listed)
Vaal, Sand, 1450m
27 March 2012

Win Time : 91.13

# LBH Horse Kg MR Dr Jockey Trainer
1 0.00 RAISE THE BAR 58.5 93 1 M Mienie Paul Matchett
2 2.50 UGLY BETTY (ARG) 53.0 82 10 D David Roy Magner
3 3.75 SHATTERED IMAGE 52.0 86 9 T Appie Roy Magner
4 4.25 SKINNY DIP 52.0 78 11 F Herholdt Alec Laird
5 5.75 CHECK IT 53.0 82 6 S Khumalo Sean Miller
6 6.25 SAPPHIRE RING 54.0 84 5 R Fradd Dianne Stenger
7 8.75 XILOMANTE (BRZ) 57.5 91 8 P Strydom Paul Matchett
8 9.00 PHI 52.0 69 2 * N Juglall Kumaran Naidoo
9 9.50 SILENT ANGEL 52.0 72 4 J Soll John Vos
10 12.25 MEXICAN GLORY (ARG) 52.5 87 3 R Simons Paul Matchett
11 14.75 END OF SEASON 55.0 86 7 S Chambers St John Gray
12 21.00 SHUFFLES 58.0 92 12 S Brown St John Gray
13 30.00 LEGAL ACCOUNT 53.5 83 13 D Daniels Stephen Moffatt

Late Scratchings





14 0.00 MINA SALAAM 61.5 99 15 G Lerena Roy Magner
15 0.00 SILENT WINGS 52.0 79 13 Reserve Geoff Woodruff

STELLAR WIN FOR RAISE THE BAR ON DURBAN JULY DAY

Raise The Bar - Vodacom Durban July Race DayRaise The Bar - Bold Silvano (2010) FM 90 Handicap (F&M)
(Photo : Gold Circle / Backworth Stud)

RAISE THE BAR
Bold Silvano (2010) FM 90 Handicap F&M

The 12th on Vodacom Durban July Race Day, saw Backworth-bred Raise The Bar (Goldkeeper (USA) - Moving On Up by Jallad) nosing a win from the Highlands-bred Stellar Season (Count Dubois (GB)) and the D Cohen & Sons-bred Queen Tamara (Dynasty (SAF)).

This win takes the three-year-old’s career earnings to R234,125, and her race record of 4 wins and 3 places from 12 starts.

Congratulations to trainer Paul Matchett, jockey Randall Simons and to owner Mr John Koumides on Raise The Bar’s victory.

BOLD SILVANO (2010) FM 90 HANDICAP (F&M)
Greyville, Turf, 1100m
2 July 2011
# LBH Horse Kg MR Dr Jockey Trainer
1 0.00 RAISE THE BAR 56.5 84 5 R Simons Paul Matchett
2 0.05 STELLAR SEASON 55.5 82 8 M Byleveld Duncan Howells
3 0.80 QUEEN TAMARA 52.5 75 2 G Schlechter Dennis Drier
4 2.30 WEST END 57.0 84 6 G Lerena Jeff Freedman
5 2.55 CANDY TUFT 60.5 91 4 S Randolph Dennis Drier
6 3.05 IN LIKE FLYNN 62.5 96 3 G Hatt Joey Ramsden
7 4.30 LADY BEATRIX 55.0 81 10 K Teetan Brett Webber
8 4.80 IBROX PARK 55.5 82 9 R Fourie Dominic Zaki
9 4.90 AUTUMN LEAVES 55.0 81 7 N Roebuck Lowan Denysschen
10 7.90 ENGLISH ASPEN 56.0 83 1 A Domeyer Dennis Bosch


Late Scratchings




11 0.00 POPPINS 59.0 89 9 R Danielson Gavin van Zyl
12 0.00 JENNA THE PINK 56.5 83 6 C Maujean Glen Puller
13 0.00 TARRAGON 55.5 81 4 D Daniels Michael Roberts