STARS CLASH IN CHAMPIONS CUP THRILLER

Some of South Africa’s top thoroughbreds are set to do battle in this Saturday’s G1 HKJC World PoolChampions Cup (1800m), run at Hollywoodbets Greyville.

Trainer Justin Snaith appears to have a strong hand, and is set to send out all of Crown Towers, Jet Dark and Do It Again (above), with the riding arrangements suggesting that Do It Again is the Snaith stable elect.

Do It Again, a former Horse Of The Year and dual Vodacom Durban July winner, has caught the eye in both of his two KZN starts this season. After scoring a good win over a trip well short of his best, the champion son of Twice Over had no luck in running when finishing a close up fourth in the G1 Vodacom Durban July. Do It Again now meets July third Got The Greenlight (below) on 2.5kgs better terms and he looks a big runner here.

Talented three-year-old Jet Dark was having his first start in five months when beating just home in the G1 Hollywoodbets Gold Challenge. However, if repeating the form of his win in this season’s G1 L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate would see Jet Dark in with a decided chance in Saturday’s race.

The highest rated runner in this year’s Champions Cup, the speedily bred Trippi colt tries the 1800m trip for the first time.

Crown Towers, the third of the Snaith trio, looks likely to set the pace for his more accomplished stable mates.

Although he is worse off at the weights with Do It Again, multiple Equus Champion, and this season’s G1 Vodacom Durban July third, Got The Greenlight, looks the main danger to the Snaith trio. The son of Gimmethegreenlight has an outstanding record at Greyville, and the five time G1 winner is too classy to ignore here.

July sixth place finisher Sovereign Spirit is worse off at the weights with Got The Greenlight here, and looks held on his July effort, while Tristful needs a big improvement off his last place finish in the Vodacom Durban July to threaten the top contenders.

Trainer Vaughan Marshall has had a wonderful KZN season this year, and he sends out talented three-year-old Seeking The Stars (above) in the Champions Cup. The latter ran a cracking second to subsequent July runner up Linebacker in the G2 World Sports Betting Guineas before finishing a fair fourth in the G1 Hollywoodbets Gold Challenge.The front running Seeking The Stars tries 1800m for the first time on Saturday.

In the Gold Challenge, Catch Twentytwo finished two and a half lengths in front of Seeking The Stars and he would be a big threat if repeating that effort here. The son of Elusive Fort had previously finished third when trying 1800m in the G1 WSB SA Classic and he could be the dark horse here.

Warrior’s Rest, winner of the 2020 G1 Golden Horse Sprint, has been disappointing in his last few efforts and tries a step up in trip here.