Justin Snaith has six runners included in the initial log for the R4.25 million Gr1 Vodacom Durban July released earlier today. Last year’s winner Do It Again heads the log while stable companion and second last year, Made To Conquer is 15th on the initial list of the 18 preferred entries.
The Eric Sands-trained Rainbow Bridge, winner of the Gr1 Sun Met and a fast-finishing second in the Gr2 Independent On Saturday Drill Hall Stakes last Friday evening, is second on the log followed by last Saturday’s Gr1 Premier’s Champion Stakes winner Hawwaam.
Mike de Kock has cautioned that Hawwaam is not certain to take his place in the race but also has Gr1 Cape Derby winner Atyaab in fifth place and another smart three-year-old Barahin (15th).
Sean Tarry has three entries in the top 18 headed by the crack filly Return Flight (4th) backed up Legal Eagle (10th) and Tilbury Fort (11th).
Last Friday night’s Gr2 KRA Guineas winner Twist Of Fate is 7th on the log.
Other Snaith runners are Oh Susanna, Doublemint, Magnificent Seven and Miyabi Gold.
With just under 60 days to the country’s biggest race, there is still much water to flow under the bridge but the log gives trainers a guide as to where they stand as far as getting a run in the race is concerned.
First declarations are due on Monday, May 13, with first supplementary entries due the following day.
The logs are compiled in consultation with the handicappers and reflect all the horses, in order of preference, as to the make-up of the final field at the time of the log’s publication.
An updated VDJ log will be issued on Wednesday, May 22, following the running of the WSB 1900 on Saturday, May 18, at Greyville.
Journalist: Andrew Harrison