Justin Snaith has some important runners at Saturday’s big meeting at Greyville, including Do It Again in the Grade 1 Rising Sun Gold Challenge.
He said, “Do It Again is doing well, I’m very happy with his prep. He had a nice gallop at Greyville and Made To Conquer came out and franked the gallop which was quite important to give us some sort of line where we were. So I am very happy. Everything has gone to plan. I think we have got Soqrat to beat, he was very unlucky last time, so it is going to be interesting. It is going to be a helluva race.”
The race has cut up and Snaith said the draw of five out of eight was “perfect.”
Richard Fourie rides and Snaith said if all goes well he will stay aboard for the Vodacom Durban July.
The reigning Equus Horse Of The Year Oh Susanna will run in the Grade 2 Tibouchina Stakes over 1400m from the widest draw of all in an eleven horse field.
Snaith said, “Over 1400m from the Drill Hall it is very hard. She has got her work cut out. But she is flying at home, absolutely flying, she is at her best. So she has just got the draw to negotiate, that’s all I am worried about, everything else is spot on. She will take some beating. She is at her one hundred percent best.”
Snaith said in the event of the draw letting her down and her running a bad race she will be retired.
He said that would be a “sad ending”.
However, if she does come through the race well she might then line up in the Grade 1 Jonsson Workwear Garden Province Stakes over 1600m on Vodacom Durban July day.
In the Grade 2 Cup Trial over 1800m he runs Made To Conquer from draw ten out of ten and Doublemint from draw six.
He said, “Made To Conquer has his work cut out from a wide draw but it is a prep for the July. I just feel he needs one more run. Remember they took the Sledgehammer away (switched to the poly track), so he missed one run, so I’ve put him in here so he will be fit come July day. Doublemint is flying. He just needed that last run (7th in the WSB 1900). It was a hard run race and he’s a colt, so being a colt he just needed that one good blow and he’s ready now.”
Snaith believed Doublemint had done enough to get into the July already as a winner of the Grade 2 Peninsula this season and the winner of the Grade 3 Politician Stakes as a three-year-old as well as the Grade 3 Winter Derby. He also finished sixth in a strong renewal of the Sun Met this season, a significant placing as it allowed him to escape any merit rated raised.
Snaith added, “He will be a lot higher in the July log after the Cup Trial!”
He concluded by saying, “If Doublemint doesn’t finish in the first two in the Cup Trial, he doesn’t deserve to be in the July. It will take a nice horse to beat him and Made To Conquer on Saturday.”
Doublemint is currently merit rated 104 so even a win in the Cup Trial is unlikely to effect his July weight, considering his 125 merit rated stable companion Do It Again will likely be in the July.
In the Listed Devon Air Stakes over 1400m for two-year-old fillies Snaith runs Innogen, who is by Master Of My Fate out of the twice Listed winner Cymbeline, who won from 1600m up to 2200m.
Snaith said, “She ran well first time out and I think she is a runner. I wouldn’t put her in the race for no reason and in these races the previous winners get a penalty, which makes a big difference because some horses have won weak races. Coming in as a maiden you get an allowance so under those conditions she will run a good race.”
The yard run Rip It Up, carrying 52kg, in the Non-Black Type Durban Dash over 1100m. Snaith said, “He ran very disappointingly at Scottsville last time, so I am hoping it can just be put down to Scottsville. I’ve taken the blinkers off so he will run a better race.”
Snaith won the Grade 1 Woolavington 2000 on Saturday with Silvano’s Pride, but due to the strength of the older females it is unlikely she will be lining up in the Garden Province. Snaith mentioned the Grade 2 Gold Bracelet over 2000m on Gold Cup day as a possibility for her.
Bunker Hunt had to be scratched from Saturday’s Daily News 2000 after kicking a wall. Snaith believed he would have “definitely” finished in the first three.
He said he would monitor the damage to the outside of his fetlock, which he said was “nothing too hectic”.
He said, “If it is all good he will go back into training and contest the July.”
Snaith believes getting weight from Hawwaam, Bunker Hunt will be a “big runner in the July.”
Meanwhile, Snowdance is being targeted at the Garden Province and the Grade 1 Allan Robertson winner Miss Florida will be nominated for the Grade 2 Golden Slipper on Vodacom Durban July day, although if she draws badly she will be scratched.
By David Thiselton