THE build-up races to the country’s biggest, the Vodacom Durban July 2020, to be run on July 25, has been happening in rapid succession due to the ripple effect of the Covid lock-down.

Saturday’s Track and Ball Derby has attracted a small classy field with three runners looking to qualify for the Vodacom Durban July. It’s My Turn, Eyes Wide Open and Duke of Spin are all in the mix. Marchingontogether heads the betting boards as he won the Lonsdale Stirrup Cup in fine style and his dam line is packed with stamina.

Eyes Wide Open is having his third run after a rest and with an eye-catching jockey booking Anton Marcus up makes him a strong contender in this line-up.

It’s My Turn, after a lengthy injury break, ran well in his last start and will be more suited to Saturday’s trip. Trainer Dean Kannemeyer said “He is doing extremely well and I’m very happy with him. I’ve had him on the grass and expect a big run as were aiming him at the Vodacom Durban July”.

The Track and Ball Oaks sees the Highveld runners dominating the race and betting.

Pomander ran a huge race when finishing second to Summer Pudding in the Grade 1 SA Oaks and based on that she is a massive runner. She comes from a top yard and should be right there. Chitengo is favourite in the early exchanges and has beaten Pomander in the past. These two look set to fight it out. Chitengo was drawn badly in her last start and has a reasonable draw this time round and clearly loves the 2400m trip.

This is a mouth-watering day for punters with a nine race program which includes the competitive KZN Winter Challenge series of races.

The final fields, below:

Race-6 (Turf / Inside) R 125,000 2400m
Weight For Age + Penalties
Sc# Horse Mass MR Draw B A T M Jockey Trainer
5 EYES WIDE OPEN 60.0 115 (115) 5 A A Marcus Glen Kotzen
2 MARCHINGONTOGETHER 59.0 110 (110) 2 A W Kennedy Gavin van Zyl
4 IT’S MY TURN 58.0 118 (118) 4 A S Veale Dean Kannemeyer
3 SEATTLE FORCE 58.0 104 (104) 3 A S Randolph Darryl Moore
1 DARK MOON RISING 58.0 103 (103) 1 A T T Godden Paul Lafferty
6 DUKE OF SPIN 58.0 101 (101) 6 A C Murray Mike de Kock
8 WHITE LIGHTNING 58.0 96 ( 96) 8 A B Jacobson Paul Lafferty
7 TWICE GOLDEN 56.0 93 ( 89) 7 B A L Hewitson Garth Puller
Couplings: (1,8)

Race-7 (Turf / Inside) R 150,000
For Fillies and Mares at Weight For Age + Penalties
Sc# Horse Mass MR Draw B A T M Jockey Trainer
3 RETURN FLIGHT 60.0 106 (106) 3 A T L Hewitson Sean Tarry
9 ROY’S RIVIERA 58.0 111 (111) 9 B A S Moodley Frank Robinson
5 CHITENGO 58.0 110 (110) 5 B A G Lerena Alec Laird
10 DYNASTY’S BLOSSOM 58.0 106 (106) 10 A T K de Melo Brett Crawford
4 FLICHITY BY FARR 58.0 103 (103) 4 B A W Kennedy Alyson Wright
13 SEVILLE ORANGE 58.0 103 (103) 13 A G van Niekerk Lucky Houdalakis
12 MOON IN JUNE 58.0 92 ( 92) 12 A M C Zackey R A Hill/S R Hill
8 CORAL BAY 58.0 90 ( 90) 8 A D Dillon Glen Kotzen
2 RED AL 58.0 85 ( 85) 2 B A S Veale Gareth van Zyl
6 JE NE SAIS QUOI 58.0 82 ( 82) 6 A S Randolph Glen Kotzen
7 KELPIE 56.0 116 (112) 7 A M A Marcus Brett Crawford
1 POMANDER 56.0 110 (106) 1 A C Murray Mike de Kock
11 BALLET SHOES 56.0 109 (105) 11 A R Fourie Candice Dawson
Couplings: (6,8) (7,10)