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Clean sweep for Snaith in the July

Posted 8 July 2018 at 18:57

VODACOM DURBAN JULY (GRADE 1) - R4,250,000 - 2200m - Greyville

1st R2,500,000, 2nd R800,000, 3rd R400,000 - July 7


As expected, the powerful stable of Justin Snaith dominated South Africa's premier race. And while favourite African Night Sky (Dynasty) headed its five-pronged attack on the Greyville showpiece, the spoils went to lesser fancied three-year-old Do It Again (Twice Over), who eventually led home a dream one-two-three for the soon-to-be crowned champion trainer.

Frustrated by the dawdling pace, jockey Grant van Niekerk took African Night Sky to the head of affairs in the back stretch and when the race turned into a sprint for home, his early exertions had taken its toll. Made To Conquer (Dynasty) surged into the lead and briefly looked set to give the soon-to-retire Jeff Lloyd a first victory in a race which has eluded him in 28 previous tries.

Alas, it was not to be, for looming up the centre came Anton Marcus on Do It Again, who found the necessary gears and outsprinted his stable mate inside the final furlong to score by just over a length, while Elusive Silva (Silvano) rounded out the remarkable Snaith trifecta. Daily News 2000 runner-up Majestic Mambo finished fourth, a half length in front of African Night Sky.

For Marcus, the race panned out perfectly. “I needed a bit of luck in transit and you rarely get that in the July. I had a trouble-free run but it wasn’t until the last furlong that I knew I was going to win it.

“I was undecided before the race. I didn’t think my horse was suited to the track so I concentrated on keeping him balanced and in rhythm and out of trouble.”

Runner-up in the Gr.1 Cape Derby, Do It Again had landed the Gr.2 Daisy Guineas in his penultimate start and entered the July off a creditable fourth in the Gr.1 Daily News 2000. He is Snaith's third July winner following Dancer's Daughter (2008) and Legislate (2014).

Do It Again joins last season's Gold Medallion winner Sand And Sea as the second Gr.1 winner to emerge from the first crop of Klawervlei-based Twice Over and was bred by Robin Bruss's Northfields Stud.

He is the third stakes winner out of the accomplished Sweet Virginia (Casey Tibbs), who head the beating of male rivals in both the Gr.3 Winter Derby and Gr.3 Winter Classic. In addition to the July winner, she is the dam of Sophomore Sprint hero and Hong Kong Gr.3 winner Strongman (Stronghold) and Gr.3 Winter Guineas third Vilakazi (Visionaire), while her Kahal colt Mighty Emperor has scored five times in Singapore.

Grandam Millie Bovana (Royal Prerogative) is an own sister to the Lancome Fillies and Germiston November Handicap heroine Mill Hill, the dam of Gr.3 winner Bushra (Badger Land) and grandam of Gr.3 East Cape Derby hero True Master (Jet Master) and dual stakes winner Beataboutthebush (Gimmethegreenlight). - AvdB
(Picture: Anneke Akal)



GARDEN PROVINCE STAKES (GRADE 1) - R1,000,000 - 1600m - Greyville

1st R625,000, 2nd R200,000, 3rd R100,000 - July 7


There was a huge upset when Sean Tarry-trained Redberry Lane lowered the colours of the hot favourite Snowdance (Captain Al), who looked to have this prestigious Gr.1 event at her mercy. In fact, it was the third successive defeat in KZN for the favourite, who had carried all before her prior to arriving from homebase Cape Town.

A Lammerskraal homebred, Redberry Lane slipped past long-time leader Final Judgement (Judpot) to take the lead at the quarter mark, while Snowdance elected to make her challenge up the centre of the track. Victory beckoned for the favourite when she headed her blinkered rival entering the final furlong, but Redberry Lane refused to throw in the towel. Displaying a wonderfully game attitude, she rallied to Lyle Hewitson's urgings and regained the lead on the line for a shorthead first Gr.1 success. It was just over two lengths back to Elusive Heart (Elusive Fort), who had finished behind Snowdance when third in the Gr.2 Daisy Fillies Guineas won by Fiorella.

Redberry Lane's career-best victory came on the back of an overdue and facile first stakes win in the Listed Syringa Handicap in late May, which broke a string of no less than five successive second places. Already a valuable broodmare prospect, Redberry Lane is slated to stay in training as a five-year-old before she heads to the Lammerskraal paddocks.

One of 22 Gr.1 winners sired by the stud's late lamented champion Western Winter, she is an own sister to Gr.1 Cape Guineas hero Solo Traveller and to Gr.2 Fillies Guineas second Strawberry Ice, who has produced Gr.2 Gold Bracelet heroine Flying Ice to the cover of Go Deputy.

Her dam Strawberry Lane is an own sister to the talented sprinter Jalberry, a Gr.3 winner and Gr.1 placed when third in the SA Fillies Sprint. She is the dam of last season's Gr.2 Golden Horseshoe winner Purple Diamond (Var) and of the Zimbabwean Stakes winner On This Rock (Trippi).

Grandam Taineberry (Centaine) captured the Gr.2 Oaks and is also the grandam of Gr.3 Strelitzia victress Royal Pleasure (Visionaire). - AvdB
(Picture: Gold Circle)



GOLDEN SLIPPER (GRADE 2) - R600,000 - 1400m - Greyville

1st R375,000, 2nd R120,000, 3rd R60,000 - July 7


Favourite Celtic Sea overcame a tardy startbut sprouted wings in the straight to turn adversity into victory.

Sean Tarry's charge missed the break and found herself racing amongst the backmarkers, many lengths off the pace. Racing wide throughout, she also received a the bump turning for home and looked an unlikely winner at the top of the straight.

Still five lengths adrift at the furlong mark, jockey S'manga Khumalo threw the proverbial kitchen sink at the filly, who responded in game fashion. She joined issue with leader Mazari (Bold Silvano) close home and inched ahead to win by a longhead, with the maiden Can You Feel It (Jackson) finishing two lengths adrift in third.

This was a second graded success for the winner, who had cracked her maiden in April when a fluent winner of the Gr.3 Pretty Polly Stakes at Turffontein. An unlucky fourth in the Gr.2 SA Fillies Nursery, she was beaten just a half-length when second in the Gr.1 Allan Robertson Championship.

Celtic Sea races in the silks made famous by former Highlands owner Graham Beck and now used by his son Anthony, who had purchased the filly from breeders Wilgerbosdrift & Mauritzfontein at last year's National Sale.

The daughter of Captain Al  is out of Brazilian import Ireland (Mark Of Esteem), who has a yearling colt by Ideal World. A winner over 1600m and 1800m, the mare is a half-sister to Brazilian Gr.1 winner La Defense (Nedawi), while the female line is that of Brazilian Gr.1 winners Art Variety, Implausable and Urudonal. – AvdB



GOLDEN HORSESHOE (GRADE 2) - R600,000 - 1400m - Greyville

1st R375,000, 2nd R120,000, 3rd R60,000 - July 7


Sheikh Hamdan's duo of Barahin (Gimmethegreenlight and Soqrat (Epaulette) fought out the Horseshoe, the former edging out his fancied stable companion in a cliffhanger finish.

Pacesetter Cue The Music (Oratorio) maintained his advantage well into the straight, while the De Kock pair were warming to the task from midfield, with Barahin quickening well to get first run on his stable companion.

When Cue The Music cried enough, the pair moved in for the kill and from that point onwards, had the race to themselves. In a fierce duel to the line, Barahin kept finding more and just managed to hold Soqrat at bay by a shorthead, while Sulka (Gimmethegreenlight) finished over two lengths back in third.

Winning trainer Mike de Kock remarked afterwards: "I have been telling everyone this past week that I cannot separate them, they are two very good horses. At the end of the day, it was a good result for South African breeding!"

Winning jockey Bernard Fayd'Herbe added: "He's a very laid back horse. Once he took the bit, it was a matter of finding the right split."

Whether Barahin returns for the Gr.1 Premier's Champion on Gold Cup race day remains to be seen, however, both he and Soqrat are destined for Dubai when the season ends.

The second graded stakes winner on the day bred by the Wilgerbosdrift/Mauritzfontein outfit, Barahin was winning for the third time in four starts and made it a fine feature double, following his runaway three-length win in last month's Listed Gatecrasher Stakes over the course and distance. On that occasion, he defeated fellow Gimmethegreenlight colt Green Haze. This time, only Soqrat prevented a clean sweep for his Varsfontein-based sire, with Sulka and Crown Guardian filling the minor places.

A R2.6 million yearling purchase, Barahin is out of Mocha Special (Silvano), an own sister to Gr.2 winner Mochachino and a half-sister to Gr.3 winning speedster Mocha Java (National Assembly), Zimbabwean stakes winner Macchiato (Jet Master) and Gr.3-placed Americano (Western Winter).

Grandam Mabola Plum (Fort Wood) is an own sister to Gr.3 winner and Gr.1 Premiers Champion Stakes runner-up Patache, while half-sister Stirrup Cup (Royal Chalice) produced Durban July winner Hunting Tower to the cover of Mauritzfontein's former champion sire. - AvdB



BETTING WORLD 2200 (GRADE 3) - R500,000 - 2200m - Greyville

1st R312,500, 2nd R100,000, 3rd R50,000 - July 7


Sadly, a lack of pace put paid to the chances of many of the 14 runners, including those of favourite Strathdon (Silvano) who found himself amongst the backmarkers for most of the trip. Head Honcho reluctantly moved past Pack Leader (Philanthropist) to take the lead fully 1000m out and that is where he stayed.

Two lengths clear at the top of the straight, he was still full of running under Keagan de Melo and although hotly challenged by last year's winner Crowd Pleaser over the final 150m, Head Honcho bravely stuck to his guns to win it by the bob of a head. The pair finished many lengths in front of Blackball (Black Minnaloushe), who just shaded Pack Leader for third.

Sabine Plattner's homebred has been a revelation this winter season. After capping a splendid Scottsville hat-trick in the Listed Sledgehammer in late April, he was not disgraced when fourth in the Gr.3 Cup Trial behind African Night Sky last time out.

By Maine Chance Farms' successful stallion Querari, Head Honcho is the first foal of Gr.2 Odessa Stud Championship runner-up School Captain (Captain Al), one of six winners from seven runners out of the Australian-bred She's An Academic (Royal Academy). Grandam Damson (Damascus) is a half-sister to three American stakes winners including the Gr.1-placed Gr.2 winner Alannan (Conquistador Cielo). This is the female line of champion juvenile and sire Fasliyev and the American Gr.1 winners Desert Wine and Menifee. - AvdB



GOLD VASE (GRADE 3) - R500,000 - 3000m - Greyville

1st R312,500, 2nd R100,000, 3rd R50,000 - July 7


Dual Derby winner It's My Turn gained some consolation for his controversial omission from the Vodacom Durban July with a storming victory in his first attempt beyond the Derby distance.

Backed into favouritism on the strength of his splendid win in the Track and Ball Derby two weeks previously, the Fred Crabbia colour bearer was patiently ridden by Anton Marcus, who elected to keep him wide throughout.

While all the attention was on the trio of One Man Show (Tiger Ridge), Flichity By Far (Go Deputy) and Sheet Weaver (Ideal World) doing battle up against the inside rail, It's My Turn ploughed a lone furrow hard up against the standside and in a storming finish, he charged home to cross the line just over a length in front of Flichity By Far. She had a shorthead over Sheet Weaver, while barely a neck separated One Direction (Silvano) and One Man Show.

It's My Turn joined the Kannemeyer stable in September and was nursed along carefully after undergoing joint surgery. He has now rewarded his connections with a quick Gr.3 double, to go along with his Gr.1 Cape Derby win when trained by Justin Snaith.

A R400,000 National Sale graduate, the bay also broke through the R2-million earnings mark with this fourth career win.

Bred by Willem Engelbrecht, It's My Turn is one of 14 Gr.1 winners sired by Kannemeyer's former Horse of the Year Dynasty and is out of Jallad’s Queen (Jallad), a winning daughter of Olympic Duel Stakes heroine Lady Elle (Elliodor). - AvdB

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