Equus Horse Of The Year Do It Again improved enough in well-being this week for trainer Justin Snaith to have kept the big bay’s Sun Met aspirations alive.
Do It Again was among the 14 horses announced in the big race’s final field yesterday.
Snaith had expressed doubts about the five-year-old Twice Over gelding lining up in the Met after his below par L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate run.
He had expressed concern about Do It Again’s lacklustre demeanour.
However, the big horse appears to have turned the corner and Snaith said, “Horses can’t talk unfortunately, but I can see a change and am happy with him. He is looking a lot more upbeat and has been freshing. There has been a lot of thinking, a lot of hard work and a few sleepless nights.”
Snaith also has the Dynasty gelding Bunker Hunt in the race.
This four-year-old has almost certainly not shown his best yet as his three-year-old campaign was interrupted after a superb running-on third in in the Grade 2 KRA Guineas.
In his last start, his second of the season, he finished a 2,25 length second to Hawwaam in the Grade 2 Premier Trophy over 1800m, although he was receiving 2kg from the latter.
Snaith said, “He is doing very well. He is the dark horse of the race. He needed that last run, it was a prep for this race, and I think he will be in the first four.”
Snaith said the yard would be saving the Grade 2 Peninsula Handicap winner Belgarion for a tilt at the Vodacom Durban July.
Snaith’s Equus Champion Sprinter Kasimir will be defending his Grade 1 Cape Flying Championship crown on Met day.
He said, “He is very well. He needed his last outing and is flying. I think the only one he has to beat is Run Fox Run, who is unbeaten but this is her first real test.”
Snaith also has three runners in the Grade 1 Majorca Stakes, Sleeping Single, Miyabi Gold and Silvano’s Pride, but he said this trio were more suited to 2000m so would have to run big races to be involved. He rated the Sean Tarry-trained Celtic Sea as a top horse and believed she would give the current race favourite, the Mike de Kock-trained Queen Supreme, “a good go.”
By David Thiselton