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Who Rides The Rainbow?

Second favourite could line up next Saturday

It’s been 31 long winters since Eric Sands saddled Champions Stakes winner Jungle Warrior and the Milnerton trainer is looking to end his season on a high with July runner-up Rainbow Bridge in the Gr1 Champions Cup next Saturday at Hollywoodbets Greyville.

But with his July rider Gavin Lerena’s likely sponsor commitments to Buffalo Bill Cody, who will partner the Ideal World gelding?

Rainbow Bridge (Pic – Chase Liebenberg)

Trainer Eric Sands told Michael Clower on Saturday:

“He was off his manger for a couple of days after the Vodacom Durban July and, although he was trotting sound, he had a little bit of warmth in one joint. He is fine now but I am only going to run him in the Champions Cup if everything is 100%. He is only turning five, he is not an over-raced horse and we want to keep him going as long as possible. But by the same token it is a Grade 1 and we are not going to run away from it if we can go.”

Hollywoodbets currently have Rainbow Bridge at 18-10 second favourite, behind the De Kock runner Buffalo Bill Cody.

The final declarations are due by 11h00 on Thursday 18 July 2019.

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13 comments on “Who Rides The Rainbow?

  1. Cecil Pienaar says:

    Piere Strydom is in town on the day ?

  2. Vincent says:

    They should go with Simon’s

    1. Editor says:

      So far:
      Buffalo Bill Cody (IRE) – G Lerena
      Undercover Agent – C Orffer
      Soqrat (AUS) – A Marcus

  3. Kay says:

    Greg Cheyne will suit the Bridge or Piere Strydom if he is here for the entire new season

  4. Nicolin says:

    Striker already confirmed to ride Roy’s had enough in the Gold cup. Good chance he jumps aboard. I wouldn’t touch 18-10 ante post though regardless of who’s riding. Possible he won’t even run, rather wait, don’t burn ye fingers

  5. Mac Naidoo says:

    Striker is in town so why not him.

  6. Dino says:

    I have not seen another horse like horse chestnut until I saw buffalo. Hope he makes Gavin what pocket power did for Bernard.

  7. Cameron James says:

    On a line through Do It Again, I really fancy Rainbow Bridge to confirm the strength of the Do It Again formlines.

    Cirillo was maybe flattered with his run in the Gold Challenge, conditions suited in the day (Tailwind) . Buffalo Bill Cody has not beaten much of note to date and this is his 1st run in KZN going a trip for the 1st time.

    Could be many bankers in the P6 Cecil😂😁😁.

    Eden Roc
    Rainbow Bridge
    Even a horse like Cockney Pride, won with a lot of authority and Ease.

    If Camphoratus runs in the Bracelet, she will just about win that contest.

    Till next time….

  8. Cecil Pienaar says:

    Morning Cameron

    Man, great minds think alike, you’ll see an SOS call elsewhere for help,

    And I like your early fancies.

    I really fancy Cockney Pride, bad draw or not, Craig Zackey was excited in an interview last week with Deez on this one.

    My other fancy is Sunshine Silk, I will be surprised if a top weight win it.

    Anyways, have a great day, by Monday all fields will be finalised


  9. Cameron James says:

    Thanks Cecil.

    If you box the exacta, Cockney Pride and Gabor, a very decent bet. For me there’s nothing else that can win this race except the above 2.

    Wactched the replay of her win at Scottsville, to quicken like that over a sprint distance and geared down. Special….

    Draw won’t be a factor, she will be dropped out and run on strongly. Watch the 1400m replay on July day, it wasn’t a punishing ride, won easier than the margin suggested.

    1. Editor says:

      There was plenty of hype about True To Life last time, Cameron.
      Moved up smoothly – didn’t find much.
      Watch here:

      Now drawn 1 over 200m further – Marcus keeps ride.
      Leaving that out?

  10. Cameron James says:

    I hear you Ed. Could she be a sprinter tho? She was drawn so well in the 1400m on July day. Had nothing to come after traveling so well.

    In my humble opinion, Only Gabor can beat Cockney Pride, horse traveled 4 wide throughout, and still stayed on. Will relish the mile, as will Cockney Pride.

    Time will tell….

    1. Editor says:

      Craig Zackey was particularly bullish about Cockney Pride afterwards

      True To Life’s seven time winning dam won 1200m to 2000m
      Her Sean Tarry trained full sister Vida Es Bella won 1160m Turffontein – Dec 2018 @ 3rd start

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