Elusive Silva, third in last year’s Vodacom Durban July and a member of Snaith Racing’s veritable armada for the great race five weeks on Saturday, arrived at Summerveld last Friday to begin his preparation in earnest.
Jono Snaith said: “He has had a wind operation which is why he travelled late but it worked well – his wind is now clear – and he galloped at Kenilworth last week. We will see how he goes before deciding if and when he runs before the July.”
The stable’s master strategist outlined plans for the others still in the R4.25 million showpiece – “Last year’s winner Do It Again runs in the Rising Sun Gold Challenge on Saturday week, Bunker Hunt in the Daily News this Saturday, Doublemint in the Cup Trial (June 8), Made To Conquer either in the Cup Trial or straight to the July, Magnificent Seven possibly in the Cup Trial but may not run again before the July; he is fit and well and he doesn’t need another run, Myabi Gold will have one more outing while Oh Susanna will not run in the July. Platinum Prince has been scratched. He hasn’t enjoyed Durban and is coming back to Cape Town.”
Mark Khan (Made To Conquer) is the only confirmed riding arrangement so far – so, said Snaith, “jockeys need to get on the phone.”
The Snaith family are bidding for their fifth July. Chris was successful with Flaming Rock in 1991 while Justin scored with Dancer’s Daughter in 2008, Legislate in 2014 and Do It Again who is the shortest priced of this season’s challengers at 5-1. The Mike de Kock-trained favourite Hawwaam has been the main mover in the past week, shortening from 7-2 to 28-10 with Betting World.
By Michael Clower