South Africa’s reigning champion trainer Justin Snaith appears to have a strong hand in Saturday’s G2 World Sports Betting 1900, due to be run over 1900m at Greyville.
Snaith is set to saddle three of the 12 runners in Saturday’s R500 000 race –with his trio currently three of the top five fancies in the betting.
His 2018 G1 Vodacom Durban July runner up Made To Conquer caught the eye recently when putting up a pleasing gallop with July winning stablemate Do It Again (above), and the regally bred son of Dynasty has been installed as favourite for a race which often proves a good pointer to the Vodacom Durban July. The gelding makes his first start since finishing unplaced in January’s G1 Sun Met but has an excellent record at Greyville –Made To Conquer having won and finished second in three Greyville starts.
His stable mate Doublemint, touted by many as the dark horse for the 2019 Vodacom Durban July, beat Made To Conquer by more than five lengths in the Met and now meets that runner 1.5kgs better off which theoretically should see Doublemint finish ahead of Made To Conquer. Like his stablemate, however, Doublemint is having his first race since his Met effort (where sixth behind Rainbow Bridge).
Third of the Snaith runners is G2 New Turf Carriers Stayers hero Magnificent Seven, who drops back from 2800 to 1900m for Saturday’s race. Well drawn in five, the progressive Horse Chestnut gelding did win the Algoa Cup over 1900m previously so the trip should prove no problem to him, and he has the benefit of a good draw.
Multiple G1 winner Eyes Wide Open, the best weighted male runner in Saturday’s feature, was well beaten last time out, when fourth in the Listed Sledgehammer, when front runner Orpheus stole a march on his rivals. The Dynasty sired Eyes Wide Open, who finished ahead of WBS 1900 contender Doosra on that occasion, is the class act in the race, and he would be a threat if repeating the form which saw him down none other than July winning champion Do It Again in the 2018 G1 Investec Cape Derby.
Three are three fillies in the race –Fresnaye, Camphoratus and Fiorella, with the former the best weight horse in the race. However, Fresnaye has a poor draw to overcome and comes into the race off a slightly disappointing Gauteng campaign. Fiorella is another poorly drawn and she was beaten more than six lengths by Camphoratus last time out.
Camphoratus downed both Fresnaye (below) and Fiorella when causing a 66-1 upset to land the G1 HSH Princess Charlene Empress Club Stakes at Turffontein and returns home to KZN for Saturday’s race.
Well drawn in two, the Byword filly will be looking to confirm her good last win on Saturday.
In-form rider Bernard Fayd’Herbe is set to partner the Andre Nel trained Kampala Campari, who will jump from pole position in Saturday’s R500 000 race. His jockey chose Kampala Campari in preference to both Magnificent Seven or Made To Conquer. Said to be working well, the five-year-old split Doublemint and Made To Conquer when eighth in the G1 Sun Met, and prior to that was just run out of it by Doublemint when a close up second in the G2 Glorious Goodwood Peninsula Handicap (he is now 0.5kgs better off with Doublemint).
Regally bred Orpheus (below), a son of Western Winter and G1 Empress Club Stakes heroine Stratos, made all when recording a facile 6.75 length win in the Listed The Sledgehammer last time out.
Now under sufferance to the tune of 3.5kgs, Orpheus is bidding for a fourth consecutive win on Saturday and may be better than officially rated.
The poorly drawn Dawn Assault (he jumps from ten –a significant disadvantage at Greyville) finished just over six lengths off star 3yo Hawwaam two weeks ago and looks to improve on his 12th place finish in the 2018 WSB 1900, while fellow Gauteng visitor Doosra has been well beaten in his last three starts and needs to improve (he is also yet to win over the distance of Saturday’s race).
Silver God, a Silvano half-brother to G1 winners William Longsword and Real Princess, takes a big step up in class and is hard to fancy on current form.