Justin Snaith said the bookmakers price offered about the defending Vodacom Durban July champion Do It Again was “ridiculous”.
He said, “I think 4/1 is a crazy price. There is no ways he is a 4/1 shot in any race in South Africa you put him into. You can give him 65kg and he should be 2/1. So, I am quite surprised. I think it is that Mike de Kock factor.
“Hawwaam has beaten small fields, three-year-olds and the Champions Challenge wasn’t the strongest field. These horses Do It Again and Rainbow Bridge are phenomenal horses, phenomenal. You have to be world class … which maybe Hawwaam is, maybe, but he’s got to prove it.
“So for me, I think the older horses are still very, very strong in this race, I always have said it and I stick by my guns. Before I came to Durban I thought it and I still think it.”
He said about his four runners, “They are extremely well. When they turn for home they are going to want to take off. All is well, Do It Again is flying, he looks magnificent, I couldn’t be happier. Doublemint, I am really impressed with him so far, all good. Everybody is saying Barahin is well weighted but he’s a three-year-old giving Doublemint weight, why’s he well weighted? Those three-year-olds will have to be phenomenal to give weight away to these four-year-olds who are all carrying 53kg. I’m not saying they can’t win, but they’ve got their work cut out.
“Made To Conquer ran second last year and those three-year-olds must give him weight? Made To Conquer is flying. Even if he doesn’t win the July he’s a runner in the Gold Cup if we decide to go that route. The July is a bit harder than last year but in saying that he’s weighted to run a big race. I don’t think I have ever seen a horse run second in the July and the following year carrying 53kg.
“It will be very hard for Miyabi Gold but she has a nice draw and quite frankly you never know. She’s never far behind the top fillies in the country, she really can compete at Group 1 level with the fillies. I don’t see why she should be counted out then, but she has her work cut out.”
At time of writing Hawwaam was 2,35/1 and Do It Again had drifted out to 5/1 with Track and Ball.
Considering Snaith believes Do It Again is ridiculously good value and Mike de Kock said on Tuesday Hawwaam was ridiculously short in the betting there might be a shake up in the market before Saturday.
By David Thiselton