ROCKET Countdown and White River, first and second respectively in the Gr2 Selangor Cup over 1600m last month, are both in fine shape for the Gr1 Forus Cape Guineas this Saturday.

The Selangor Cup is often a good pointer to the Guineas and Rocket Countdown’s trainer Candice Bass-Robinson told Ken Nicol of TAB News: “He won full of merit last time, and if repeating it he will go close.”

White River, the second favourite for the Guineas, has half a length to make up on Selangor running but Greg Cheyne’s mount might well have found it had he not been so intent on taking a bite out of the winner.

“He is a playful horse and he does do a few strange things,” Brett Crawford told Michael Clower of Gold Circle. “But I am confident he will be fine this time. We have done a lot of work on him since and we’ve tried to teach him a few manners. He is a horse who keeps improving and, while I think he is looking for a bit further, the long run-in will suit him.”


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