Summerveld trainer Frank Robinson pointed out form was a big factor going into any Vodacom Durban July, whether it be the jockey, horse or trainer, so is pleased to have Marco van Rensburg aboard his charge Roy Had Enough.
Highveld-based Van Rensburg has won the Listed Sledgehammer on Orpheus, the Grade 2 Post Merchants on La Bella Mia and the KZN Breeders Million Mile on Morning Catch on three of his rare raids to Greyville this season.
Roy Had Enough snuck into the July after winning the Grade 3 Track And Ball Derby over 2400m at Scottsville two weeks ago.
However, he is the biggest outsider in the race and Track and Ball have him at 100/1.
However, Robinson is not concerned and recalled when working as assistant trainer to Herman Brown how Sleek Machine just failed to catch the favourite London News in the 1996 July despite being one of the biggest outsiders.
Robinson said, “Roy Had Enough is as good as Sleek Machine and is not far off Orbison (third in 2010).”
He continued, “If you watch the Sledgehammer, Roy Had Enough runs away from Eyes Wide Open, who probably needed it but so did our horse, so why is one of them 12/1 and the other 100/1?”
He said, “His last race was only two weeks ago but that is not a concern, he is a very tough horse and is such a good eater, he never leaves anything. Nine out of ten good horses are very good eaters, they have good constitutions and that is why they are top horses. At the July gallops it was clear to see how well Roy Had Enough was.”
Robinson added, “The July is often won by a horse who can win over 2400m because they usually go a cracking pace.”
Roy Had Enough is drawn 15.
He said, “I’ve been watching past Julys and the wider drawn horses stay out of trouble. As long as you have something in front of you. Do It Again won from draw 15 last year and if he had been stuck on the fence he would not have been able to build up the same momentum coming into the straight.”
Roy Had Enough has a good turn of foot and can maintain a strong finishing run, so is suited to the tight Greyville track.
He is being underestimated by the bookmakers.
Robinson said he had freshened up his Jonsson Workwear Garden Province Stakes runner Roy’s Riviera and pointed out she had not lost any weight from before her run in the Track And Ball Oaks to now.
He said, “I think there will be a good pace which will suit her. I think she is definitely up to this class. Her draws and the way her races have panned out this season have been against her yet she still won one of them and was close up in others. She is a beautiful horse. She must be the fittest horse in the race too.”
Roy’s Riviera possesses an exceptional turn of foot and from draw five under Van Rensburg should be in the shake up.
Robinson has particular respect for the Justin Snaith pair Oh Susanna and Snowdance, especially as they have been built up in distance coming into the race.
He concluded, “Johnny Nicholson, who I used to work for and who won the July with Beau Art in 1980, came to my yard the other day and was so impressed with both horses. He looked at them and said, ‘These two are top horses.’
Robinson runs Shogun in the 12th over 1400m on the poly and said he had been “jumping out of his skin.” He believed he only had Red Shift to beat.
By David Thiselton