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Bela-Bela (photo: hamishNIVENPhotography)Bela-Bela (photo: hamishNIVENPhotography)

With the weights unveiled for this year’s 2017 Vodacom Durban July, Snaith Racing’s Jono Snaith shared his thoughts on the stable’s runners.

Bela-Bela (57kg)

Her last run (in the Gold Challenge) was outstanding and if there’s a filly in SA who can take on the boys, she’s it. She is incredibly well and will be a big runner. Varsfontein Stud have not yet made a decision as to whether she will run in the Garden Province or Vodacom July.

Krambambuli (56kg)

Krambambuli (photo: hamishNIVENPhotography)Krambambuli (photo: hamishNIVENPhotography)

He is our sneaker for the Durban July. He is loving Durban and is unbeaten in his last 2 starts. His last run (in the Highland Night Cup) was out of the top drawer. Aldo Domeyer is going to ride him. Aldo won the Gr2 Cape Stayers on him on Met Day, knows the horse well and is excited to have the July engagement. He is definitely not without a shout and deserves his place in the field.

Elusive Silva (53kg)

Elusive Silva (photo: supplied)He is very well weighted and his prep has been fantastic. He was off for 10 months with a tendon injury, so has had very little racing, but he is such a consistent horse and has come well at the right time. He will love the trip and at the weights, he’s a horse that will be in the firing line. He is obviously one of the favourites and is shortening. Richard Fourie has been confirmed for the ride.

Master Sabina (57.5kg)

Master Sabina (photo: hamishNIVENPhotography)Master Sabina (photo: hamishNIVENPhotography)

Master Sabina is only boarding with us for two months for the Durban season and then he’ll go back to Johannesburg. We don’t know the horse all that well, so it’s tough to make a realistic assessment, but he arrived from Geoff in outstanding condition and half the work was already done. He is a beautiful horse with a lovely temperament and he’s done everything we’ve asked. His prep in the Gold Challenge was really pleasing and he’s a nice Johannesburg addition to the field. He will be carrying a lot of weight, so will have quite a bit to do, but he’s a multiple Gr1 winner, so we don’t think he is out of place. We’re hoping to have him spot on on the day and hope he’ll run to form.

It’s My Turn (55.5kg)

It's My Turn (photo: hamishNIVENPhotography)It’s My Turn (photo: hamishNIVENPhotography)

This horse has been very unlucky in his career, but is working well and is in a really good space. He ran a cracker in the Betting World 1900. Piere Strydom will ride him in the July and knows him well. He won the Cape Derby on him. We think he’ll run an absolute blinder. He’s well weighted and and if you had to choose an each way bet, with Piere up, this would be the horse.

Black Arthur (54.5kg)

Black Arthur (photo: hamishNIVENPhotography)Black Arthur (photo: hamishNIVENPhotography)

Both Justin and I rate this horse VERY highly. We thought he would win The Durban July last year, but was very unlucky in the race. He unfortunately got taken out and carried right out onto the outside rail and was still only beaten just over 2 lengths. He was haemoconcentrating in the Cape season, so he has been gelded. The Durban July will be his 3rd run after rest. He needed his last run (where he finished 0.55 length third to Elusive Silva in the Cup Trial) a little bit. The Cup Trial was a little short for him and I think the extra 2 furlongs will be right up his alley. He has come well at the right time and with the turnaround at the weights he’s only carrying 1.5kg more than Elusive Silva as opposed to 2.5kg. He is going to be ridden by Grant Van Niekerk and at the weights he is going to have an outstanding winning chance. It seems that all their horses are doing well and Jono agrees. “We have had a fantastic Durban season so far and the horses have made us proud. We are putting a lot of planning into ensuring that our horses run to form on July day, for our owners (and punters)”. The facilities at Summerveld are outstanding, Graeme and his team always have an open door policy and every year they go the extra mile for us. We are very happy.”

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  1. It’s My Turn did run a cracker in the Greyville 1900. Interestingly The Conglomerate finished 4th last year in that race and went on to win the July. The year before Power King finished 2nd and went on to win the big one. So perhaps the Greyville 1900 last month is one that should be noted and studied!!

    In the Greyville 1900 It’s My Turn finished 1,25 ahead of Elusive Silva and in the July will now be 1,5kg BETTER off! Snaith did comment that Elusive Silva’s training was affected by the Durban storms (but that applied to all the horses) and that he didn’t enjoy the soft conditions (I hope for his sake it won’t be soft on 1 July). Elusive Silva did win next time out in the Cup Trial but the field wasn’t particularly strong and he only short-headed a horse whose MR was 94. It’s My Turn was having his 1st run after a 4 month layoff and is bound to improve. He rates a HUGE runner in the July.

    Ten Gun Salute won the Greyville 1900 finishing 2 lengths ahead of It’s My Turn but now meets It’s My Turn on 2kg worse terms. In terms of the rules of the Greyville 1900 only the winner’s MR can be increased, which might explain why it’s the placed horses in the last 2 years that have gone on to win the July.

    Tilbury Fort finished 2nd, only a half length ahead of It’s My Turn but will be 3,5kgs worse off in the July. He also appeared to be stopping near the end whilst It’s My Turn was running on.

    Mr Winsome dead-heated with It’s My Turn for 3rd position in the Greyville 1900.
    Before that he beat Serissa in the Pinnacle Stakes over 2400m by 5 lengths, ridden hands and heals by Anthony Delpech. Whilst Ten Gun Salute ran a perfect race, Mr Winsome had plenty of excuses: He lost 2 lengths at the start, was baulked for a run and had to weave his way through traffic, but he was the fastest finisher in that race. The distance was clearly too short for Mr Winsome and he will definitely prefer the extra 300m in the July. He will now meet It’s My Turn on identical terms and will be 2kgs better off with Ten Gun Salute and 3,5kgs better off with Tilbury Fort. He will be 1,5kg BETTER off with Elusive Silva despite beating him by 1,25 lengths.

    If the trend continues whereby the placed horses in the grade 2 Greyville 1900 go on to win the Durban July, then logic points to this year’s 3rd place finisher winning the big one…..whoever that horse may be.

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