The Grade 3 Jubilee Handicap over 1800m at Turffontein Standside on Sunday is a traditional pointer to the Vodacom Durban July and there will be a few horses involved either having preparation runs or trying to impress the selection panellists.
Barahin, who finished second to Hawwaam in the Grade 1 SA Classic over this course and distance, was 15th on the second July log but will want a good run here to cement his place. De Kock thinks highly of this Gimmethegreenlight colt who defeated Soqrat in the Grade 2 Golden Horseshoe over 1400m at Greyville as a two-year-old. He jumps from a wide draw, eleven out of 12, but he has Anton Marcus aboard and a wide draw did not stop him finishing third behind National Park and Hawwaam in the Grade 2 Gauteng Guineas. This is a less inspiring field and he looks capable of rising above his current 108 merit rating so should do well in this handicap.
Hero’s Honour won the Grade 1 SA Derby last year and ran a good third over this trip last time. He was drawn widest of all in that race and ran on strongly from off the pace for a decent third. He now has draw seven of 12, which should make it slightly easier, and he is 2kg better off with Infamous Fox for a 3,30 length beating. He was 14th on the last July log so will also be looking to cement his place.
Infamous Fox has some class and goes well for MJ Byleveld. The Cape Town-based jockey flies up for the ride again. Last time the Australian-bred by Foxwedge relished the step up to this trip and stormed home from a handy position to win easily. He has a tricky draw of eight now and has a four point merit rating raise to contend with but having possibly found his right distance he could follow up.
The Dazzler will be trying to get into the July as he was on the outside looking in on the last log. He was running on last time to be beaten just 0,70 lengths by Hero’s Honour, but he did not have much room and could have done better. He is half-a-kilogram better off with Hero’s Honour and is drawn well so has a shout.
Soldier On has talent and won going away over 1600m last time, so could get this trip, although he does have a three point raise to contend with.
Shenanigans was running on well in the aforementioned race won by Infamous Fox and he should relish the switch to the Standside course.
Sean Tarry regarded him as the best of his three runners here, although he is 2kg under sufferance.
Tarry will be trying new hold up tactics with Captain And Master, who could possibly need gelding as he has been disappointing.
Banner Hill has talent and just needed his last start following a long break. He is still among the July entries so will be going all out. He is a big horse so that last run would have bought him on plenty and as a rangy horse he will relish the switch to the Standside track.
Flying Fable is another talented horse and she can rise above her current merit rating of 91. She should also enjoy the course and distance as she has been seen to run on over a mile. However, it is never easy against the boys.
Being Fabulous is 2kg under sufferance so it won’t be easy, but she did find a form return last time with second time blinkers and a tongue tie on, so could now begin to fulfil the potential she always had.
Arctica was just 2,10 lengths back in the Summer Cup. He is two points lower in the merit ratings now, so has a shout, although this is his second run after a layoff.
Royal Italian was finding no extra last time over this trip but did not have a great trip, so from pole position he could find cover and possibly stay the distance this time. However, he is 5kg under sufferance so it won’t be easy.
The selection is Barahin to beat Hero’s Honour with Infamous Fox, The Dazzler and Soldier On next best.
An earlier Pinnacle Stakes event over 1400m will be interesting as a number of July horses warm up for the big one, including Legal Eagle.
By David Thiselton