Snaith Racing spokesman Jono Snaith has once again requested that the betting public are well aware that Sun Met star Oh Susanna is a not a guaranteed runner in the Vodacom Durban July.
In a chat with Michael Clower on www.goldcircle.co.za, Snaith said that he was concerned that punters are latching on to Oh Susanna, currently joint second favourite at 8-1, in the belief that she is an intended runner.
Jono said: “Oh Susanna is only 50:50 to run in the July and we want punters to be aware of this. The owners are already thinking in terms of the next Cape season and going for a second Sun Met.”
Ante-post favourite African Night Sky is a notable absentee from the 13 declared for the World Sports Betting 1900 but he will still run at Greyville on Saturday.
Jono told Michael Clower: “He runs in the mile Pinnacle instead. Fred Crabbia (owner of African Night Sky) already had It’s My Turn in the 1900 and that one needs to qualify for the Vodacom Durban July. But most importantly African Night Sky is better weighted in the Pinnacle and, so far as his July weight is concerned, the right decision is to run in the Pinnacle.
“Furthermore Justin wants progressive distances for the horse and going for the Pinnacle means he can go 1 600m then the 1 800m of the Cup Trial to lead into the July over 2 200m.”
With Anton Marcus on the injury list Grant van Niekerk will ride the four-year-old for the first time on Saturday but Marcus has given the stable an assurance that he will ride one of the Snaith runners in the July.
African Night Sky has not raced since finishing a two-length six in the Sun Met and he has been noticeably weak in the July market so far this month, drifting from 6-1 favourite to 8-1 with Betting World whereas stable companion Do It Again has been all the rage since his Daisy Guineas win and is now as short as 5-1. You could get 20-1 last month.