Glen Kotzen had originally planned to go straight into the Vodacom Durban July with Eyes Wide Open after the latter’s win in the Grade 2 WSB 1900, but he has changed his mind and the Dynasty colt will line up in Saturday’s Grade 3 Cup Trial over 1800m at Greyville.
Kotzen said, “He is a big horse and he is quite a lazy horse. I had to give him two gallops in between and he does just enough and I thought it might not be enough to bring him to peak fitness. So we decided to supplement him for the Cup Trial to see how he drew and he drew well. So he will run there and will then do the public gallop and should then be cherry ripe. But he is absolutely flying. They didn’t move his merit rating, so he is weighted to win.”
Eyes Wide Open carries joint top weight of 60kg in the handicap event and is drawn four with Warren Kennedy retaining the ride.
The yard run Elusive Heart in the Grade 2 Tibouchina over 1400m and Kennedy is also aboard in this race.
Kotzen said, “She is deadly over 1400m. She missed the break in the SA Fillies Sprint, so a line can be put through that race. We jumped her through the pens recently and she jumped five lengths clear of the stable companion.”
She won the Grade 3 Prix du Cap over this trip as a three-year-old last season and then finished third in three starts at Greyville, in the Grade 3 Umzimkhulu Stakes over 1400m, in the Grade 2 Daisy Fillies Guineas over 1600m and in the Grade 1 Jonsson Workwear Garden Province Stakes over 1600m.
She must be in with a shout from draw seven out of eleven.
By David Thiselton