JONATHAN Snaith, assistant to his brother Justin, has commented on the stable’s strong hand in the 2018 Vodacom Durban July – five runners, all with chances.
He said: “At the weights African Night Sky is a worthy favourite. His preparation has been flawless – and you couldn’t ask for a fitter horse.
“Do It Again is a high class individual. You can ignore his last run as it was his second run after a long rest and he didn’t produce his form. He is much better than that and you can expect him to return to his best on Saturday. He is a huge runner.
“Made To Conquer is a progressive sort and the type of older horse that often wins the July. He is a tough, hard-knocking individual and is sure to be competitive.
“Elusive Silva (Jono Snaith is a part-owner) was at one stage ante-post favourite for last year’s race but he got injured. He has had a fantastic prep and is a bit of a fairytale horse in that he was retired from racing with a tendon injury yet here he is back for the same race and with a realistic chance. He is a good horse and he has the class to win.
“Star Express has great form coming into the race but there are stamina doubts. She is best over 1 400m to a mile but, if she should get the trip, she will be a serious contender.”
Asked to single out one or two of the stable’s runners in the other races, he said: “Snowdance looks our banker of the day, the distance of the Betting World 2200 is a little bit short for Strathdon but he is so well in himself. We are very competitive in that race with Platinum Prince as well.”
-Michael Clower/Gold Circle.
Photo: Do It Again (Gold Circle).