Viva Rio could give Kotzen his third Derby victory

PUBLISHED: 13 February 2020

Glen Kotzen

Viva Rio, second in the Cape Guineas, has been installed 17-10 favourite to give Glen Kotzen his third Cape Derby victory at Kenilworth’s Prawn Festival meeting on Saturday week. The Woodhill trainer was successful with subsequent Vodacom Durban July winner Big City Life in 2009 and with Eyes Wide Open two years ago.

The Justin Snaith Politician winner Silver Host is second favourite at 9-2 for the ARF Commemorative-backed Grade 1 with stable companion Sachdev next in the market on 11-2. Snaith has won the race three times – with Russian Sage (2008), Legislate (2014) and It’s My Turn four years ago. Final declarations are this morning.

Anton Marcus, having won on all three rides last Saturday, is again the focus of attention in the early betting for this Saturday’s Kenilworth meeting. He has four mounts and three – Hello Tomorrow, In Auro and My Wicked Ways – have opened favourite while the Eric Sands-trained Morse is 3-1 second favourite for race three.

By Michael Clower