Eyes Wide Open was slashed from 5-1 to 16-1 for the Vodacom Durban July by World Sports Betting yesterday following his triumph in Saturday’s WSB 1900 but rival firm Betting World took a much more relaxed view about the Glen Kotzen four-year-old clipping him from 66-1 to 40-1.
Both firms left the market leaders unchanged. Betting World has Hawwaam favourite at 7-2 with Do It Again and Rainbow Bridge on 5-1. WSB offers much the same, the only difference being Rainbow Bridge half a point longer at 11-2.
One World is odds-on at 17-20 with WSB to become the fourth successive horse to complete the Winter Guineas-Classic double at Kenilworth on Saturday.
M.J. Byleveld retakes the mount from Anton Marcus – presumably on the Grade 1 trail at Scottsville – and Vaughan Marshall has put in longshots Rochester and Blackbeard to stop the race being cancelled through lack of support.
Only four other trainers have entered horses for the R250 000 race, and then only one apiece. Second favourite at 15-10 is One World’s great rival, the Adam Marcus-trained Vardy (Craig Zackey) who was beaten a head in the Guineas and again receives 2kg.
Candice Bass-Robinson has booked the in-form Greg Cheyne for 8-1 Guineas third Majestic Mozart. Kotzen has yet to declare a jockey for 15-2 shot Herodotus although S’Manga Khumalo, who rode him into fourth in the Guineas, will be at the meeting and Louis Mxothwa will be on Justin Snaith’s 28-1 shot Clouded Hill who was only fifth in the Guineas.
– Last year’s much-travelled Sun Met runner-up Last Winter has left Dean Kannemeyer’s care to join Sir Michael Stoute at Newmarket. Jehan Malherbe, racing manager for Lady Laidlaw’s Khaya Stables, said: “Last Winter has been in England since early April, initially at a spelling farm, and he went to Michael Stoute last week. He is a long way off running.”
Stoute also trained the 2016 Met winner Smart Call when she was in England.
By Michael Clower