Sun Met winner Rainbow Bridge, who began last season’s campaign with a win in the Matchem, will this time wait until the WSB Green Point Stakes at Kenilworth on December 14. The subsequent WSB Champions Cup winner and Vodacom Durban July runner-up was beaten only millimetres when fourth in that famous four-way photo for last year’s Green Point.
Eric Sands said: “He is a lot stronger horse this year and he has been back in for a few weeks now. When he was on the farm he trotted in the mornings, and I just cantered him to begin with when he returned, but he is now doing pace work.”
Three Two Charlie, comfortable winner of the 1 200m Sophomore Sprint, will step up a furlong in the Cape Classic at Kenilworth on October 26. Candice Bass-Robinson, asked if this indicated that the What A Winter gelding is not considered purely a sprinter, answered: “That we don’t know – he could be – but we will find out in the Classic.”
Wild Coast, Beach Beauty’s son who scored convincingly at Durbanville 12 days ago, is one of those Justin Snaith is considering for the R150 000 Listed Racing Association Stakes over a mile at Fairview on October 25. “He won his maiden nicely but he is still very immature. I will gallop him and see how he goes,” said the trainer.
Computaform Sprint winner Pacific Trader, despite a near five month-absence and a difficult draw, has opened 18-10 favourite for the Interbet.co.za Pinnacle Stakes at Durbanville on Saturday. Recent course and distance winner Celestial Storm disputes second favouritism with Pacific Trader’s stable companion Traces at 5-1.
Belgarion, who returned to win over a mile at Kenilworth earlier this month, is 13-10 favourite to give Justin Snaith a sixth Settlers Trophy and Richard Fourie his fourth. The hat-trick seeking Crome Yellow is next on 9-2 with the Geoff Woodruff-trained Winter Derby winner Dharma on 13-2.
By Michael Clower