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Picture: Storm Brasco (JC Photos)

There are a trio of horses in the Hollywoodbets Durban July ante-post betting with the sponsor who look much better cadidates for victory than a lot of shorter priced horses in the market.

The first of them is Pathfork gelding Storm Brasco. He has the distinct advantage of being trained by Sean Tarry, who has won the big race twice and who is known for his expertise in getting horses prepared for big races. Storm Brasco’s sixth place finish in the Gr 2 TAB Gauteng Guineas is a lot better than it looked. He weas caught in the group at the back who were stuck behind Montien, who appeared unable to keep up with the pace, However, Storm Brasco displayed a nice big action in the straight and he stayed on very well. He did eyecatcjhjing late work and only just failed to catch Gimmeanotherchance, who had overtaken him earlier in the straight. Storm Brassco looks likely to relish middle distances and is good value from a good draw at 25’1 for Saturday’s TAB SA Classic.

The second horse is Barbaresco, who is by Gimmethegreenlight and like Storm Brasco is out of a Fort Wood mare. Barbaresco is out of the classy Negroamaro, who finished second in both the Gr 1 SA Fillies Classic and the Gr 1 Woolavington 2000. Barbaresco impressed in his last two starts, when narrowly beaten by Main Defender in a Gr 3 over 1400m when receiving just 2kg and he then easily won a 1600m handicap. He is still learning so has more to come.

The third one is the Fanie Bronkhorst-trained Pure Predator, who caught the eye staying on strongly in the Gr 3 Betway London News Stakes over 1800m on Turffontein Standside. HIs sire New Predator’s best performances were over a mile, but he is by Epsom Derby winner New Approach. Pure Predator’s dam is by Var, but she is out of the Gr 1 SA Fillies Classic winner Bambina Stripes.

Also at quite long odds, and also running in the SA Classic, is William Iron Arm, a long-strider who is on the up and should relish middle distances. He is now 25/1 having shortened in from an initial 50/1.

Another one who caught the eye staying on in the Gauteng Guineas was the Robbie Hill-trained Nvajo Nation. he has a July pedigree being by Galileo sire The United States out of an Ashaawes mare who won up to 2000m. He doesn’t appear in the July ant-post betting.

However, the 3YO who makes most appeal as a winner of the July is the impressive Gr 1 Splashout Cape Derby winner Green With Envy, who is a skinny 7/1.

The first five mentioned above are all running in the Gr 1 TAB SA Classic on Saturday at Turffontein Standside and willl shorten in the July betting if they run well there.