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The Paul Peter-trained Elusive Fort gelding Naval Guard and the Justin Snaith-trained Futura gelding Warrior are the two anomalies among the Hollywoodbets Durban July entries because they do not feature in the top 25 horses on the July log but are shorter in the market than many who do.

Naval Guard has won his last three starts easily and impressively but is rated only 90 and will have to perform considerably above that rating in Sunday’s Grade 3 Jubilee Stakes.

He will carry only 52kg in the 1800m event at Turffontein Standside but will be officially 8kg under sufferance with the best weighted runner Perfect Witness.

This will be the first stakes race he is taking part in. 

He will have to win this race to get in to the July.  

Even if Naval Guard does wins the Jubilee he  might not get into the July.

The winner of this race is not given preferential consideration for inclusion in the final field in the way the winner of the WSB Summer Cup, the WSB 1900 and the Hollywoodbets Dolphins Cup Trial winners are.

In 2017 Coral Fever won the Jubilee with a low weight and was excluded from the July final field, despite the race at the time being on the “preferential consideration” list.

Jubilee Field:

Warrior is rated 108 but will also likely have to win the Cup Trial to make the July final field.

Warrior has won five of his last seven starts but has never won beyond 1600m and has not raced since February 26.

Justin Snaith speaks highly of him but he will have to prove it in the Cup Trial, where he carries  58kg under handicap conditions.

He has landed pole position and faces horses who are generally exposed so if he does improve into what they think he is, he is the one to beat.

Cup Trial Field: 

Picture: Warrior defeats FireAlley in April last year. The pair clash again on Saturday at Hollywoodbets Greyville in the Hollywoodbets Dolphins Cup Trial over 1800m. (Wayne Marks).