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Itsrainingwilliam (Wayne Marks).


The Justin Snaith yard have declared seven horses for the Grade 1 Cape Derby and Jonathan Snaith said the sneaker among their entries would be Itsrainingwilliam.

Jonathan admitted their large number of entries had been simply in order to save the race as a spectacle.

He said, “Otherwise there would have been four runners … you can’t have that for a Grade 1.”

He said Charles Dickens, quoted at 1/4 by Hollywoodbets, would be extremely hard to beat.

He quipped, “I think we are in as spectators!”

On a more serious note he spoke of his scepticism of the form of the Grade 3 Politician Stakes, won by the Snaith-trained Rockpool, who is the Cape Derby second favourite at 5/1.

Rockpool won the race cosily by half-a-length from stablemate Without Question.

In third place, beaten 2,75 lengths, was the Brett Crawford-trained At My Command, who was coming off a 4,35 length third to Charles Dickens in the Grade 1 Hollywoodbets Cape Guineas. 

Jonathan said, “We beat At My Command, but we were receiving 6kg and also, in my opinion, At My Command doesn’t stay.”

Rockpool does have a huge and interesting action to watch, throwing his front legs out unusually far, so is going to be a popular choice for second place.

However, Jonathan said, “I think the sneaker among ours is Itsrainingwilliam. Piere Strydom rode a fine race on him in the Gold Rush (to finish a close up 1,25 length third) and he is back aboard. Yes, he is by William Longsword, but he is a half-brother to Rain In Holland.” 

The Gold Rush over 1600m was in fact the first time Itsrainingwilliam had run over further than 1250m and he stayed on with long-strides in eyecatching fashion.

He gave the impression he would stay the trip and his female line should help.

Jonathan said, “I think he is a sneaker for the first three.”

Jonathan did confirm that Itsrainingwilliam was not the easiest of rides, a concern expressed by Strydom before the Gold Rush. However, he certainly settled well and travelled comfortably throughout in that race, although a draw of eleven in the Cape Derby will be tricky. 

The field for the Cape Derby is below: 

5 At My Command   Brett Crawford 114
3 Charles Dickens   Candice Bass-Robinson 132
4 Cosmic Event   Justin Snaith 86
6 Grinkov   Glen Kotzen 102
11 Itsrainingwilliam   Justin Snaith 106
1 King Regent   Glen Kotzen 105
7 Mucho Dinero   Justin Snaith 87
2 Nevada King   Justin Snaith 87
12 Rockpool   Justin Snaith 101
10 See It Again   Michael Roberts 104
8 Triple Time   Justin Snaith 104
9 Without Question   Justin Snaith 99