Rich overseas races could be an option for the dual Vodacom Durban July winner Do It Again in the second half of next season if the European Union agrees to relax South Africa’s equine export protocols.
Jono Snaith said: “If the protocol opens up before the end of this year then we could discuss an international campaign – but not until that happens.”
The now world-famous gelding is due to head back to Cape Town later this month and Snaith Racing’s master strategist outlined immediate plans, saying: “He will have about a month off at our farm just relaxing. He has the L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate and the Sun Met on his radar so we have plenty of time.”
The 2018 Met winner Oh Susanna has been scratched from the WSB Champions Cup but she will stay in training as a five-year-old and has a third consecutive Cartier Paddock Stakes win as a prime target.
In the meantime Justin Snaith seeks an elusive first eLan Gold Cup and he has booked last year’s winning jockey Anton Marcus for Doublemint and Bernard Fayd’Herbe for Made To Conquer while Richard Fourie rides last year’s fourth Strathdon. If recent history is any guide the one to be on is the favourite because the best-backed horse has won the last four runnings.
Brett Crawford is aiming for his fifth Champions Cup in seven seasons and he reports last year’s runner-up Undercover Agent in good shape: “That was a good run in the Gold Challenge. There were top horses around him and he has been doing well at home since.”
Crawford will be two-handed in the Mercury Sprint with Corne Orffer on Bold Respect and Donovan Dillon on Search Party. Last year’s fourth Sunset Eyes goes for a possibly easier option in the Umngeni Handicap.
By Michael Clower