The Grade 1 Rising Sun Gold Challenge defending champion Undercover Agent has been doing very well at Summerveld and the Brett Crawford yard make him the one to beat on Saturday, despite it being one of the strongest fields in the races history.
Assistant trainer Peter Muscutt said, “He has come through his very encouraging run in the Tsogo Sun Sprint in fine order. He will go in to the Gold Challenge third up, it should be his peak run, and from the optimum one draw he is the horse to beat.”
Muscutt admitted it to be a very competitive race with the like of Do It Again, Rainbow Bridge and Soqrat in the field, not to mention Cirillo and Matador Man, but added, “They have got to come and get him.”
Asked on what made him think the big Captain Al colt could reverse L’Ormarin’s Queen’s Plate form with the first three mentioned above, Muscutt said, “I think he is better on a right hand track and Greyville is far more suitable for him as a forward going horse than Kenilworth.”
Undercover Agent has run five times at Greyville starting with an easy win in the Grade 3 Byerley Turk over 1400m last season as a three-year-old, a long head second in the Grade 2 Drill Hall Stakes over 1400m, a win in the Grade 1 weight for age Rising Sun Gold Challenge over 1600m, a two length second in the Grade 1 Champions Cup over 1800m and a win in the Drill Hall Stakes in his pipe opening start to this season’s SA Champions Season.
Regular pilot Corne Orffer will be aboard on Saturday.
The field has cut up to eight runners but is sure to be the strongest line up in the SA Champions Season and it will be a race to savour for the purists.
By David Thiselton