Some of South Africa’s top thoroughbreds are set to do battle in the G2 Independent On Saturday Drill Hall Stakes (1400m) at Hollywoodbets Greyville this Sunday.
This season’s star four-year-old, and G1 L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate victor, Vardy makes his eagerly awaited KZN debut.
Nicely drawn in two, Vardy (Var) should be running on strongly under regular rider Craig Zackey, although no doubt this race is a prep for bigger and better things for the talented son of Var. He does, however, try the Greyville track for a first time.
Last season’s champion sprinter Kasimir is a fascinating contender in this year’s Drill Hall Stakes. While best known for his prowess over sprint trips, it is worth remember that Kasimir did run subsequent Met winner One World to half a length over 1400m at Durbanville.
Already a G1 winner at Greyville, Kasimir should put up a good effort here, even if this is no doubt a stepping stone for bigger races in the season ahead.
His stablemate Bunker Hunt, who caught the eye when finishing fifth in the G1 Sun Met back in January, should find the 1400m trip a touch on the short side, though the progressive son of Dynasty is sure to be running on at the business end of the race.
Greyville specialist Matador Man, drawn in pole position here, loves the course (four of his seven wins have come at Greyville) and was not disgraced last time out when fourth, to high-class stablemate Cirillo, in the G2 Hawaii Stakes over 1400m.
The Glen Kotzen trained pair of Snapscan (below) and Eyes Wide Open both look likely to find the 1400m trip on the short side, but both should be watched to be running on strongly.
Former Cape Guineas winner Tap O’ Noth is another who appears to need further these days, with the son of Captain Al having failed to win since landing the 2017 Cape Guineas.
Former Post Merchants winner Sniper Shot will be having his first race since October 2019 and looks likely to need the run, while Priceless Ruler appears a bit outclassed.
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