Frank Robinson will nominate Listed East Coast Cup winner Roy’s Riviera for the Grade 3 Cup Trial over 1800m at Greyville on June 8.
His other Vodacom Durban July entry Roy Had Enough will be entered in the same event but has other qualifying options too.
Robinson had no doubt Roy’s Riviera would stay the 2000m trip on Saturday and said in retrospect she had been the form choice. She had finished on top of Matador Man in her previous start in the King’s Cup and the latter came out and beat July livewire Head Honcho in a Pinnacle event on Saturday.
Roy’s Riviera’s performance was all the more impressive on Saturday because she did not have the best luck in running. She was caught three wide for much of the race. Yet she still found plenty in the straight and held off a strong challenge from topweight Miyabi Gold, who was eventually beaten into second by lightweight outsider Perfect Air.
Roy’s Riviera carried 60kg and was receiving 1,5kg from Miyabi Gold, whom she beat by 0,65 lengths.
Miyabi Gold was ranked 18th on the first July log.
Robinson said the Australian-bred All Too Hard filly had pulled up well and had hardly even appeared to have been in a race.
He said if she failed to qualify for the July she would go for the Grade 1 Jonsson Workwear Garden Province Stakes instead.
She has clearly come into her own as a four-year-old and will be a force to be reckoned with for the rest of the season.
Robinson said Roy Had Enough was in even better shape at present.
He said, “Last season he had a few unsoundness issues and aches and pains but is a different animal this season and I hope he can get in the July.”
Robinson said Bernard Fayd’Herbe had got off after riding Roy Had Enough to second place in the Sledgehammer and called him the best horse in Durban.
The well bred Pierro colt has plenty of stamina in his classy pedigree so Robinson also has the option of running him in the Grade 3 Lonsdale Stirrup Cup over 2400m on July 1 instead of the Cup Trial a week later.
Another option would be the Grade 1 wfa Rising Sun Gold Challenge over 1600m on June 8, although he would have to take on the best in the country if running there.
Roy Had Enough avoided the WSB 1900 after drawing 28 of 28.
Meanwhile, Robinson has acquired two horses from the Ormond Ferraris yard, Dame Kelly and Shogun. They are both owned by the recently retired legend. Both are merit rated in the mid 80s and still have racing in them.
By David Thiselton