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Today: Snaiths Start Campaign On East Coast

SA Champions Season on the horizon

The early beat of the SA Champions Season drums will be heard at Greyville today as Justin Snaith steps out his first runner in advance of the opening of the festival on 3 May.

Snaith Racing (photo: Wayne Marks)

Snaith Racing (photo: Wayne Marks)

The reigning SA champion trainer, Snaith has been a major player on the East Coast for many seasons and he makes a low-key start to the long campaign with the Silvano gelding Platinum Prince, who was runner-up in this race last year.

The Kings Cup’s traditional home has been Greyville. But the contest – back in the days when it was still a Gr3 – enjoyed a brief interlude at Clairwood in 2013 and 2014.

It was run on the all-weather when won by Sean Tarry’s Bulleting Home in 2017, but Tarry made it three on the trot when Social Order won the 2018 renewal on the turf.

Matador Man – Greyville specialist and a decent sort

Tarry is back on Sunday with two serious gallopers in Captain And Master and the topweighted Matador Man. Anton Marcus is aboard the uber consistent Captain And Master, who built on his smart fourth behind Zouaves in the Hawaii Stakes at his penultimate start, when beaten a length and a half behind Tristful at this venue last weekend.

Warren Kennedy (photo: Gold Circle)

Newly married Warren Kennedy

The SP top-rated Roy’s Riviera is one of two members of the fairer sex in the race and ran a cracker over the course and distance when narrowly beaten by Camphoratus in the Flamboyant Stakes. She compounded when beaten 6 lengths by the talented Flichity by Farr last time but is much better than that and she gets the services of the in-form and newly married Warren Kennedy.

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Platinum Prince will be out to improve on a quiet Cape Summer Season where he was probably slightly disappointing and did not live up to expectations. He never sparked at his last start in the Jet Master Stakes. It is, in fact, now 4 months short of a two years that Platinum Prince has won a race – but he could repeat last year’s effort and go close,

Brian Wiid’s Emily Jay is the second of the girls. She has fair home form and has proven that she can mix it with the males.

Mr Roy was well beaten in the Christmas Handicap but has found form at his last two jumps – winning his penultimate and then showing good pace when beaten under 2 lengths by Tribal Fusion last time.

Sporting Post #2549Our cover star, Paul Lafferty’s Ideal World gelding Dark Moon Rising. is a decent handicapper with very honest form at his last few starts. While originally suggested to be a stayer, he goes competitively around this trip and has run on well at his last two starts. He will enjoy a decent gallop and enjoys racing fresh – he last ran 9 weeks ago.

The 6yo Royal Armour appears to be more effective on the all-weather than the turf and has maintained good consistent form this season. At best, he must have a place chance with the revitalised Mark Khan in the saddle.

In a typically competitive handicap, Greyville specialist Matador Man and the consistent Dark Moon Rising could be running at the leaders late. Captain And Master is no slouch either – there are only eight runners, but go wide as possible in the exotics.

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6 comments on “Today: Snaiths Start Campaign On East Coast


    Well done Mr Jason Gates ! …. for keeping your balance in those last few strides on Imperial Royal today

  2. Rian says:

    Jason had a nice ride, and pleased for him,
    I have been watching Hewitsons rides lately and doesnt look good

    1. Editor says:

      Injured 20 July 2018 – missed first six weeks and only started riding this season in mid September
      Represented SA in Singapore at end September
      Currently 129 winners…15,5% win strike rate …3rd in country
      Not looking good, Rian?


    I injured my knee in 2015 when accelerating to the fridge.

    I made a remarkable recovery and 2 days later kept my balance to polish off the granadilla fridge cake

  4. Rian says:

    Talking about his recent rides Ed, thought he was poor on Alison Wrights Filly compared to his vigorous rides on his 3 second placed rides,not having a dig but something doesnt feel right, maybe im seeing things

  5. Rian says:

    All about the balance William

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