Rising Sun Gold Challenge

RISING SUN GOLD CHALLENGE (GRADE 1) – R1,000,000 – 1600m – Hollywoodbets Greyville

1st R625,000, 2nd R200,000, 3rd R100,000 – June 8


       4yo b.g. by Twice Over – Sweet Virginia (Casey Tibbs)

       2nd dam: Millie Bovana (Royal Prerogative)

       3rd dam: Modern Millie (Oligarchy)

       Owners: N Jonsson, B Kantor and W J C Mitchell

       Bred by Northfields Stud (Pty) Ltd

       Trainer: S J Snaith

       Jockey: R Fourie

2.    Cirillo

       3yo b.c. by Pomodoro – Miss Wordsworth (Lake Coniston)

       Owner: C J H van Niekerk

       Bred by Riverton Stud

3.    Rainbow Bridge

       4yo b.g. by Ideal World – Halfway To Heaven (Jet Master)

       Owners: Mr and Mrs M L P Rattray

       Bred by Wilgerbosdrift & Mauritzfontein

Then came: Soqrat (Aus), Undercover Agent, Lady In Black, New Caledonia, Matador Man

Won by: 0.50 – 1.25 – shorthead

Time: 1-36,39

Off the track for 154 days, DO IT AGAIN was produced pitch-perfect by Justin Snaith to add a third Gr1 success to his tally. The four-year-old made his challenge up the inside rail and in a driving finish, got the better of the gallant pacesetter Cirillo.

This was the gelding’s first start since his runner-up effort in the Gr1 Met won by Rainbow Bridge, who was an unlucky third here after having to switch at a crucial stage and losing momentum.

Do It Again clinched three-year-old championship honours in last year’s Vodacom Durban July, while this season, he defeated Soqrat and Rainbow Bridge in the Gr1 L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate.

Boasting earnings fast approaching R6 million, Do It Again is one of four stakes winners sired by Klawervlei-based Twice Over and is out of the fine broodmare Sweet Virginia (Casey Tibbs), who proved her prowess on the track by defeating male rivals in both the Gr3 Winter Derby and Gr3 Winter Classic. In addition to Do It Again, she has produced Listed Sophomore Sprint winner Strongman (Stronghold) who was exported to Hong Kong where as Horse Of Fortune, he landed the Gr3 Ladies Purse. To Visionaire, Sweet Virginia bred Gr3 Winter Guineas third Vilakazi.  The mare’s yearling filly is also by Visionaire, she produced a full sister to Do It Again in 2018 and is currently in foal to Cape Guineas winner William Longsword