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July – Snaith Unlikely To Do It Again

Seventh Met favourite in a row to be beaten

Last year’s Vodacom Durban July winner Do It Again now has Durban on his agenda for a second time following his three-quarter length defeat in the Sun Met but at the moment he looks unlikely to attempt to win South Africa’s most famous race for a second time.

The Met finish – Do t Again sneaks in down the inside (Pic – Chase Liebenbeg Photography)

Jono Snaith told Michael Clower: “We are discussing it with the owners (Nic Jonsson, Bernard Kantor and Jack Mitchell) but he will most likely not run in the July because of the handicap. He will instead go for the Rising Sun Gold Challenge and the Champions Cup.”

No horse has won the July in successive years since El Picha at the turn of the century and as things stand at the moment Do It Again could be expected to be given top weight. Since Pocket Power dead-heated with the Justin Snaith-trained Dancer’s Daughter in 2008 only Marinaresco (2017) has won with top weight.

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A week ago the handicappers put Do It Again one point above his Met conqueror Rainbow Bridge.

Little went right for the favourite in the Met. He lost significant ground at the start and was shuffled back to second last.

Three furlongs out he was last of all and, although he then made good progress, he hung badly right away from the whip and did so again when Richard Fourie changed his stick to his right hand. There now appears to be a jinx on favourites in the Met – Do It Again was the seventh in a row to meet with defeat.

Jono Snaith said: “We thought he was unlucky but that’s racing and, in any case, I wouldn’t want to take anything away from the winner.”

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13 comments on “July – Snaith Unlikely To Do It Again

  1. Graham Martin says:

    Reduce the top weight to 58kg’s, not only for the July but for all Handicap races! This at least gives the top weights in handicaps a fairer chance of winning or even running a place. Huge burdens of 60 to 65 kg’s puts the top weights in handicaps at a distinct disadvantage. El Picha won the July with 58kg’s and was a popular choice with punters. Eyes Wide Open won the Pininsular Handicap last year with 52 kg’s and this year he carried 62kg’s, a whopping 10kg’s more than last year with only one win in between! Is this fair? The point i’m trying to make is make the handicaps more attractive for the best horses in the country even if the top weights run a place, at least they can be competitive! Yes Marinaresco won the July with top weight of 61kg’s but it was’nt a form win! El Picha winning the July with 58kg’s was without a doubt a form win. He had the collateral form and the right amount of wins (10) to back up his collateral form!

  2. PL.NEL says:

    Top races should attract top horses. Why should sponsorships, owners and the public not get the best available on the day. This format will lead to under the radar entrants and handicapper headaches. Big horses coupled with big races attract money, period.

  3. Harold says:

    So Justin ducks another July double attempt like he did with Legislate a few years back. He withdrew Oh Susanna from the VDJ last year as well. If you have the best horse in the country, you should go for biggest races and not chicken out of the handicaps.


    This is a brilliant tactical move by Justin Snaith. His mom told me that he is aiming Do It Again for the lucrative Lucky Pet Pinnacle Plate @ Ngong, on the same day as the July.

  5. Hogan Govindsamy says:

    Harold ,if you are polnting fingers at Snaith racing ,you should also bring in the most obvious absentee for the last few years – Legal Eagle and Sean Tarry racing.We want to see the best horses race against the best especially in our bigger races but most owners are about the money and not the tag ,which is their prerogative.Its something we unfortunately have to live with.

  6. Kenny says:

    I agree with Graham 1000%, i think it’s hk or singapore where their top weight in all handicaps is 57kg.

  7. Graham Martin says:

    Flaming Rock carried 58kg’s in the July and managed to run a few places, at least he was competitive , What would he have done with 60kg’s on his back, i doubt he would have run a place.

  8. Cecil Pienaar says:

    LoL William, hope for this Ngong Race day the resident Commentator is off sick, shame he tries so hard …..


    haaaaa…he does hey. Oh Cecil, that is funny.

  10. Niran says:

    Graham martin I really dont understand why you are keep eluding to the 58 kg as a benchmark ,before I go any further I must firstly say I am not defending the handiccapers in any way ,sometimes they get it miserably wrong ,back to the weight issue, if the top weight is 60 kgs then a horse that is 4 merit points lower than the topweight will carry 58 ,,, if the top weight is 58kgs then the horse which is 4 points inferior will carry 56kgs ,its the same thing ultimately,the idea of handicapping is to give every horse a fair opportunity to win a race ,Snaith racing have taken a calculated decision to give the connections the best opportunity for their horse to win a race ,and im sure the decision is also based on the interest of the horse ,lets we not forget wot happened to triple crown hero Abashiri..

  11. Alcaponee says:

    The 58kg verse 60kg argument makes no sense. Everything in the race is up 2kgs or is merit rating a number we take a lucky draw on and allocate randomly.

  12. Harold says:

    I agree Hogan.

  13. Sugahorse says:

    The Top weight of 60kg was introduced to help the jockey’s, who were struggling with a minimum carded weight of 50kg. The scales were therefore lifted 2 kg; both the top weight from 58 to 60, and the bottom from 50 to 52. As explained by others, the spread of 8kg still remains as has always been the case.

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