Vaughan Marshall’s Cape Guineas winner Tap O’Noth has been priced up at 66-1 by Hollywood to win the SA Triple Crown, which culminates with the running of the SA Derby at Turffontein on Saturday 5 May.
Tap O’Noth failed to run to expectations in the Investec Cape Derby on Sun Met day and there must be some doubt as to whether his trainer would expose the son of Captain Al to the rigours of travelling and attempting to win the SA Classic and the SA Derby.
But there are plenty of other options for the astute punter who feels that there is a lurker in Saturday’s Gauteng Guineas line-up that could follow in the footsteps of Horse Chestnut (1999), Louis The King (2014) and Abashiri in 2016.
With the betting option available to wager on the fact that there won’t be a 2018 SA Triple Crown winner, punters may find the 75-1 about Mike de Kock’s Noble Secret making a bold bid for the prestigious treble.The Costa Livanos owned son of Dynasty is unexposed and lightly raced and could find the Derby trip on breeding.
Unbeaten Paul Peter galloper Majestic Mambo is at 7-1 favourite to win the Triple Crown. He looks likely to see out the 2450m SA Derby trip.
Stuart Pettigrew’s Surcharge is another who races in the style of a horse who will stay on and his current price of 18-1 to win the Triple Crown could prove an appetising gamble for his supporters.