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Snaith Can Do It Again!

July champion's ominous big race warning

Justin Snaith and Richard Fourie crowned a superb dry run in the rain for Vodacom Durban July day with the defending champion Do It Again showing he is ready and set to rumble on the sixth day of next month with a polished fresh run-after-a-break display to win a dramatic R1 million Gr1 Rising Sun Gold Challenge at Greyville on Saturday.

Seasoned professionals, Snaith and Fourie were a little rattled by the parade ring antics of the high-class 4yo, who according to his trainer was just ‘getting annoyed’.

It was his first run in 19 weeks since going down to Rainbow Bridge in the Sun Met – a moment where Fourie conceded he ‘hadn’t shone’.

Richard Fourie greets the crowd as Do It Again powers home (Pic – Candiese Marnewick Photography)

After 3yo Cirillo had shown the way, Fourie darted down the inside rail with the good looking Do It Again, as they came for home and took on the pacesetter – all the while, Rainbow Bridge built up momentum behind them.

With Marcus deciding to stick to his chosen path, the gap between the front two closed and the Met winner had to be switched out in a ground sapping move. Such was Do It Again’s momentum, it is pointless speculating what could have been – and Rainbow Bridge goes into the July a massive runner – with a score to settle!

The winning trainer was over the moon – even relieved.

“He is one of the most intelligent horses I have ever trained – he put his head to the side and was just getting annoyed. We had to get him to start and he went down with his pony.Thank goodness for our horse whisperer Malan du Toit. And what a comeback after almost five months off! Thanks to Gold Circle for being of such assistance to us. And to all of our owners, too. He has shown again that he is the best weight-for-age horse in South Africa!” said an elated Snaith who is enjoying his annual sojourn to the East Coast.

After a brief tussle with the game 3yo Cirillo, Fourie pushed Do It Again to the line and the handsome gelding won with something in hand to beat Cirillo by a half length in a time of 96,39 secs.

After switching in and having the gap close on him, Anton Marcus had no luck on Met winner Rainbow Bridge and after switching out for his run, he did reasonably well for third a further 1,25 lengths back.

Soqrat had some ground to make up but finished his race off well to run a nose back in fourth.

Richard Fourie (pictured above) said the pre race ‘upset’ had not bothered the star galloper, but that Do It Again then didn’t want to load.

“The pace was on and I had so much horse underneath me. He made up the four lengths easily. He is a true champion. I didn’t quite shine on him on Met day and I appreciate the team’s support – and all the owners. He is a true champion,” he added.

Part owner Nic Jonsson said afterwards that Anton Marcus, whom we speculate could possibly ride Hawwaam or Rainbow Bridge in the July, has been telling all year that Do It Again is the ‘best horse in the country’.

Marcus rode Do It Again to win the 2018 Vodacom Durban July.

A winner of 6 races with 5 places from 12 starts for stakes of R5 910 000, Do It Again was purchased by John Freeman for R1,1 million at the 2016 National Yearling Sale

Bred by Northfields, Do It Again is a gelded first crop son of Twice Over (Observatory) – interestingly, the first sire in the modern era to get a 3yo winner of the Durban July.

He is out of the six-time winning Sweet Virginia (Casey Tibbs).

The Do It Again fan club will be feeling a lot more bullish going into the July.

Bring on Hawwaam – and the rest!


Gr1 Rising Sun Gold Challenge (SAf-Gr1)

Greyville, South Africa, June 8, R1 million, 1600m, turf, good, 1.36.39

1 – DO IT AGAIN (SAF), 60.0, b g 4, Twice Over (GB) – Sweet Virginia (SAF) by Casey Tibbs (IRE). Owner Messrs N Jonsson, B Kantor & Late W J C Mitchell; Breeder Northfields Stud; trainer J Snaith; jockey R Fourie
2 – Cirillo (SAF), 58.5, b c 3, Pomodoro (SAF) – Miss Wordsworth (SAF) by Lake Coniston (IRE)
3 – Rainbow Bridge (SAF), 60.0, b g 4, Ideal World (USA) – Halfway To Heaven (SAF) by Jet Master (SAF)
Margins: 0.50, 1.25, 0.05

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13 comments on “Snaith Can Do It Again!

  1. Cameron James says:

    This horse is getting better and better. Would love to see him in a race like the Sheema Classic on Dubai World Cup night off a fast pace.

    Hawaam has no chance with Do it Again even with the 3.5kg he will get. Best bet on VDJ day the exacta, Do It Again with Rainbow Bridge ???? (Straight Line) .

  2. Cameron James says:

    Champion horse!!!, would love to see him in a race over 2400m off a fast pace, like the Sheema Classic. Can match strides with the best of them.

    Untapped potential, pity he’s a gelding.

  3. Bonolo says:

    Hawaam is going to demolish Do It Again come July day.

  4. Frankie says:

    Frankie Zackey…exciting times ahead it’s been long time since since I’ve looked forward to a July …Hawwaam will win period….toss up now for 2nd between Do it Again and Barahin…Barahin with 53kg becomes a serious runner to fill your 2nd or 3rd spot Zack will Attack the Trifecta and quartets can’t wait any longer

  5. Harold says:

    When other jocks get jocked off in favour of Anton Marcus, he brings the winners home. He is often praised when riding good horses but he in my opinion rode a stinker on Rainbow Bridge. He went for the inside when the outside of Cirillo had a bigger gap. That probably cost RB about 2 lengths.

  6. Cecil Pienaar says:

    I reckon Rainbow Bridge is now cherry ripe for The July, no matter the draw. His build up very similar to The Met.

  7. Rian says:

    I agree Harold , but he must be only Jock to get away shifting from one side of track to the other, causing interference and nothing happens… Weird !!!

  8. Donald says:

    I can also not understand how Marcus is allowed to get away with ” riding all over the racecourse ” ?

    Frosted Gold , Front & Center , Rainbow Bridge all in Group races and NOTHING is said or done ?

    These were NOT cases of the horses hanging in or out but deliberate riding all over the racecourse and even if it was a case of hanging or shifting from the crop HE IS SUPPOSED TO TAKE THE REQUIRED ACTION TO CORRECT the situation !

    1. Editor says:

      Were these not covered in the Stipes report.
      Suggesting it is deliberate, Donald?

  9. Rian says:

    Hey Frankie and Bonolo, The Cape Boys have never been scared of the Transvaal Boys for as long as I can remember, We a match anytime
    This is hopefully the start of the HYPE and Good Luck

  10. Frankie says:

    Frankie Zackey…Rian I’ll let my 2 Pitbulls do the talking… Hawwaam from Barahin from Do it Again from deadheat Twist of Fate/Rainbow Bridge… I’ll love to see Charles get in he to make up my back end of quartets …..Horse Chestnut was loved by soooo many people and why because they knew they could bank on the Champ winning…eventually pensioners and the hard working man that earned a minimal wage could take full advantage of having the baby on knowing that he was a certaintee winner…Hawwaam not far behind should fall under the exact same bracket…don’t be the bride’s maid again boys follow the Champ until beaten

  11. David says:

    I could not agree more with Harold . Only Marcus will know why he shifted Rainbow Bridge in when he already had a dream passage to the line . Don’t buy the Stipes report that the horse shifted in

  12. Cameron James says:

    Reading between the lines, in Mr. Nic Johnson’s interview on Saturday he pointed out that Anton Marcus has said over the last 12 months that Do It Again is the best horse in SA.

    Now Mr Marcus has ridden all of Hawaam, Rainbow Bridge, Barahin and Do It Again. So if he still maintains that opinion then i would love to know if he was offered the ride on Do It Again, would he take it knowing he would give:
    Rainbow Bridge – 0.5kg
    Barahin- 7.0kg

    It would be lovely if we could have his thoughts on this forum as he is the only 5 time winning jock of this race. He knows what it takes to win this race.

    I personally believe that Mr Marcus would never have opted to stop riding Do It Again but due to the stable jocks getting 1st choice. Time will tell!

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