THE bulk of trainer Glen Kotzen’s SA Champions Season colts and geldings have arrived at Summerveld for the KZN Champions Season. Kotzen’s two big guns Eyes Wide Open and Gold Standard will only travel from The Cape in a month’s time in accordance with the program he had planned for them.
Pack Leader, who finished third to Eyes Wide Open in the Grade 1 Investec Cape Derby, was among those who had arrived. Kotzen’s Champions Season fillies arrived on Tuesday.
Eyes Wide Open, now a dual Grade 1 winner having won the Premier’s Champions Stakes over 1600m on Gold Cup day last year, is likely to start his KZN campaign in the Grade 2 Daisy Guineas on May 4 and will then likely go for the Daily News 2000 and the Vodacom Durban July.
Kotzen’s 2009 Durban July winner Big City Life won the Guineas and Daily News on his way to July glory. Interestingly, Big City Life also won the Listed Racing Association Stakes over 1600m at Fairview, a race Pack Leader won last October.
Both Eyes Wide Open and Pack Leader will enjoy the July 2200m trip, In the early betting Eyes Wide Open is the 13-2 favourite and Pack Leader is 50/1.
Kotzen said Pack Leader and his other colts and geldings had all travelled well.
-David Thiselton/Gold Circle.