WITH COVID-19 rearing its ugly head, Candice Bass Robinson, the first female trainer to win the prestigious Vodacom Durban July, found her string of stars stuck in Cape Town, writes LIESL KING.

“My horses were only actually going to be trucked in stages. I wasn’t going to send the whole string up at the beginning of the season. And then, on the day they were supposed to leave, we were going into lockdown, so I decided to keep them here”, Bass-Robinson explained.

“I’m glad I did, as it means we are all in one place and I don’t have to worry about horses stuck up in Durban, without me being there. So it worked out quite well. These are uncertain times all over the world and we just need to make the best we can of this bad situation.”

With the movement of horses finally being allowed now, Bass Robinson will be sending her string up to contest the Durban season. “I have pretty much kept the horses in work, they will have a prep run here in Cape Town and then they depart for Durban on the 11th of June.”

For only the second time in its history, the Vodacom Durban July has been moved and the race will now be run on the 25th of July.  – Gold Circle.