Cedar Man has been installed 22-10 favourite with the sponsors for the World Sports Betting East Cape Derby at Fairview on Saturday and Greg Ennion has booked former champion Gavin Lerena for the mount.
The gelding, second over 2 000m at Durbanville last time, showed that stamina is his game by going close is the Kenilworth Cup in February and finishing fourth to Magnificent Seven in the New Turf Carriers Stayers on Met day.
The favourite has won seven of the last eight runnings of the Port Elizabeth showpiece. Cedar Man and 7-2 second favourite St Valdimir dominate the 14-strong field on merit ratings, being assessed 4.5kg better than the next best.
WSB also bets 15-2 In a Perfect World, 17-2 Drop Kick, Sailing Lizard, Swift Surprise, 12-1 Mercurana, 14-1 Wildcat, Just Chaos, 22-1 and upwards others. Cape Town trainers have traditionally dominated this 2 400m Listed race and have won all the last nine runnings. They field only five of the 14 runners this time but their quintet are five of the eight highest rated.
By Michael Clower