Charl Pretorius (Business Day)
Wednesday’s race meeting at Durbanville, postponed from Tuesday, will feature 10 races with an 12:10 start.
There are two former Cape Guineas winners in a Progress Plate over 1,250m (race 8) which carries a stake of R135,000, highest on the day. This sprint has attracted a field of mostly milers and stayers, prepping for targets in summer, and the 125-rated class act Double Superlative could run his rivals out of it, late in the race. He has only won over 1,400m and a mile, but trainer Justin Snaith is on record saying that his four-year-old is doing very well after a rest and “could surprise”.
Snaith and stable jockey Grant van Niekerk look set for a big day. Aside from more than an average shout with Double Superlative, they hold winning chances in all the legs of the Pick Six, which starts in race 4 over 1,600m and where Greenland has the advantage of an inside draw.
Tothemoonandback (race 6) is being fitted with blinkers for the first time in his career, a move designed for more focus as he tends to dwell a bit. Yamadoro (race 10) is an up-and-coming three-year-old also fancied to run a cracker from pole position.
1st Race: (7) Guarding The Wall (2) The Grey King (13) Maneki Neko (1) Colonel Green
2nd Race: (2) Nordic Chief (1) Tenango (9) Lindbergh (12) Willie John
3rd Race: (8) Ice Rain (1) Glee Club (4) Pinstripe (6) Redroseoflancaster
4th Race: (2) Greenland (5) Apache Chief (4) Naushon (1) Diamond Rock
5th Race: (2) Green Isle (1) Lickety Split (9) Coulditbe (7) Two A Penny
6th Race: (7) Tothemoonandback (1) Bardolino (12) Max The Otter (3) Lunch Money
8th Race: (5) Double Superlative (6) Happy Chance (4) King Regent (1) Russian Rock
9th Race: (1) Yamadori (3) Masked Vigilante (11) Easy Money (10) Georgie Georgie
10th Race: (2) Mia’s Harper (3) Treasure Hunt (6) Where’s The Party (9) Busy Lizzie