Double Grand Slam led from start-to-finish in the seventh race today over 1400m at Hollywoodbets Durbanville and still looked to have plenty in hand when drawing clear to win by 2,25 lengths under Grant van Niekerk. It was only her third career start and she was running off a 91 merit rating in the Class 4 event, so it was a most promising performance. The Varsfontein Stud-bred Vercingetorix filly was originally named Princess Of Vix but after being purchased by Gary Player at the BSA National Yearling Sale for R1 million she had a name change to Double Grand Slam. Legendary golfer Player of course did the career Grand Slam and the senior tour career Grand Slam. Those two achievements might have prompted the filly’s new name. She is owned by Player in partnership with Suzette Viljoene and Dave McLean and she runs in the latter’s colours. There was a double on the day for Mclean’s colours because he owned the fifth race Snaith-trained winner Liketheclappers (Pomodoro) outright. (Picture: Wayne Marks)
Justin Snaith had a halcyon day at Hollywoodbets Durbanville with five winners, four of them brought home by his current first call jockey Grant van Niekerk.
Philippi trainers have reportedly had a torrid time for the bulk of the season due to rain affected tracks.
Snaith’s five-timer might be the signal they are now out of the woods and are yards to follow.
Aldo Domeyer and Craig Zackey both rode doubles at the meeting.
Snaith goes to 19 wins for the season and has achieved that at a strike rate of 10.50%.
Van Niekerk goes to 16 wins at 18.60%.
Domeyer is on 16 wins at 22.86%.
Zackey is on 27 wins at 9.82%.