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It’s A Young Man’s World

Star galloper Do It Again fails to quicken after a break

Gauteng-based Craig Zackey and trainer Adam Marcus, one of the youngest combinations in action on the opening day of the Cape Summer Season, hogged the limelight at Kenilworth on Saturday with a terrific feature double that set them up for plenty of exciting times in the weeks ahead.

Young guns! Adam Marcus and Craig Zackey – memorable day (Pic – Chase Liebenberg)

A traditional prep platform for the Gr1 L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate and the Sun Met, the R350 000 World Sports Betting  Gr2 Green Point Stakes hosted a typically small field – but with a Queen’s Plate and dual July victor and a Met winner in the line-up, it oozed quality.

Returning from a six month break after his dazzling Gr3 Winter Classic victory in May, and during which time he had a knee chip removed, the Var 4yo Vardy, a versatile and relatively lightly exposed winner from 1200m to 1800m, produced a resolute finishing effort to get the better of contemporary One World to score an eyecatching victory by a length in a time of 97,46 secs.

Craig Zackey steers Vardy clear of One World on whom MJ Byleveld tried everything (Pic – Chase Liebenberg)

Expecting to be in need of the run, Craig Zackey was instructed to drop Vardy out and let him enjoy the outing – with the general idea of running on into the place money hopefully, and a win being very much a bonus.

As it turned out, he came forward powerfully to challenge arch-rival One World (4-1) and with Rainbow Bridge (7-2) reluctant to take a gap between the pair and seeming to tire late, it was Vardy (7-1) who set up a LQP-Met double bid.

One World was given a top-class tactical ride by MJ Byleveld- slipping through on the rail and looking like a winner at the 250m marker.

Rainbow Bridge clearly needed the outing and after again running into trouble late, he will come on lengths with this experience under the belt.

Glen Kotzen’s Pack Leader (66-1) continues to build his confidence and came on late for fourth.

Team Vardy – looking forward to two big Gr1’s in the next seven weeks (Pic – Chase Liebenberg)

The 18-10 favourite Do It Again was expected to need it and he never quickened – a disappointing effort given the top stable’s expectations that he would earn. See the stipes report below.

Bred by the Tawny Syndicate, Vardy is out of the unraced Jet Master mare Cupid.

He is a son of Avontuur’s superstar flagbearer Var (Forest Wildcat).

A Sun Met entry Vardy races in the bright yellow and royal blue flag of Bernard Kantor, who owns him in partnership with Greg Blank, Jimmy Sarkis and Darryl Yutar.

He has now won 5 races with 3 places from 8 starts for stakes of R1 364 700.

Stipes report excerpt:

  1. a) An inquiry will be opened into why DO IT AGAIN (R Fourie) and UNDERCOVER AGENT (C Orffer) raced awkwardly between the 1400m and 1300m.
  2. b) At approximately the 300m, DO IT AGAIN (R Fourie) was momentarily inconvenienced and RAINBOW BRIDGE (G Lerena) was carried in and thereafter had to ease when awkwardly placed on the inside of VARDY (C Zackey), which was hanging in from the 450m, and proved difficult to assist. In deciding what   action to take in this matter, the Board considered the behavioural history of VARDY (C Zackey). In this regard, it was of the opinion that Jockey C Zackey had taken all reasonable measures to prevent VARDY from hanging in. Accordingly, no further action was taken against Jockey Zackey. However, trainer AN Marcus appeared before the Board and was advised to take all reasonable measures to ensure that  this horse does not behave similarly in future.
  3. d) VARDY, the winner, was selected for the taking of specimens for analysis. Trainer AN Marcus was advised. (SC)
  1. a) DO IT AGAIN – examined post-race. Nothing obvious detected.
  2. b) LA FAVOURARI – abnormal respiratory noise
  3. c) RAINBOW BRIDGE – recurrent abrasion behind left fore fetlock


Gr2 Green Point Stakes (SAf-Gr2)

Kenilworth, South Africa, December 14, R350k, 1600m, turf, good, 1.37.46

1 – VARDY (SAF), 58.0, b g 4, Var (USA) – Cupid (SAF) by Jet Master (SAF). Owner Messrs B Kantor, G L Blank, J Sarkis & D Yutar; Breeder Tawny Syndicate; trainer AN Marcus; jockey C Zackey
2 – One World (SAF), 59.0, b c 4, Captain Al (SAF) – Aquilonia (USA) by Giant’s Causeway (USA)
3 – Rainbow Bridge (SAF), 60.0, b g 5, Ideal World (USA) – Halfway To Heaven (SAF) by Jet Master (SAF)
Margins: 1.00, 1.00, 2.00

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10 comments on “It’s A Young Man’s World

  1. Frankie says:

    Frankie Zackey…Nice grass gallop for Do it Again…Poor Punters hard earned cash down the drain,,talking about being transparent it’s absolute disgrace…Justin Snaiths comment should have been,,Do It Again will be in need of the run and will come on lenghts I’ll advise the guy’s not monkey’s to look elsewhere for now…Do it Again fans draw a line through that run he will be back it’s just unfortunate he’ll have to settle for 2nd in both the LQP and Met… even my gardener said Bus Frankie not Boss Frankie watch next time *dis* horse*she*run 2nd to *Havaam*??? The biggest certainty Exacta for the LQP…The Champ Hawwaam from Do it Again…Kaching Kaching

    1. Editor says:

      To be fair to Snaith team, this was Justin’s comment in media (admittedly prior to Hawwaam withdrawal):

      Do It Again goes into what could be a history-making season as second favourite for the World Sports Betting Green Point Stakes at Kenilworth on Saturday. But the trainer of the dual Vodacom Durban July winner would appear to rate the horse’s chance rather less than the sponsors’ 33-10.

      “He has been on the grass twice, both were nice gallops and he is 80% ready but several of the others are much more ready than that,” says Justin Snaith whose only previous Green Point win was with Legislate five years ago. “What worries me is that we are going straight into a mile against the strongest horses in South Africa. Your comeback run shouldn’t be against horses like these but in Cape Town we don’t have a choice.

      “On paper it’s an impossible task and no horse should be able to do it. But most horses aren’t Do It Again – and he looks amazing and I am very happy with his work at home. We will ride him to give him a chance but, realistically, I am just looking for a positive run that will bring him on for his next start.”

  2. Mike Miles says:

    Spot on with your Snaith comment Frankie, the next winner he publically tips will be the the first but your son, Craig, he is your son isn’t he?, should’ve tipped you his rides.

  3. Frankie says:

    Frankie Zackey…Mike i think Craig is my 2nd or 3rd Cousin well done to him great stuff ?I wish I knew Vardy would win I’m not that lucky

  4. Frankie says:

    Frankie Zackey… Mr Ed lovely cover up by Justin..the horse could not win knowing that he was way behind racing fittnes if he was around 80% no dought he must still put in a better performance…Champions can win 80% well just like Hawwaam when he smashed one of the better 1200 1400m horses around Chimichuri Run…KFC specializes in Chicken Frankie Zackey specializes in form studying…Punters done their money in cold… Period

  5. Richard Taylor says:

    Very harsh and unfair criticism of Justin. He is normally very accurate, truthful and informative with his runners assessments

  6. Cecil Pienaar says:

    Nah Frankie, KZN greetings to you. It is MdK ‘s and Hawwaam’ s fault. Entering him, then the scratching, hence the cautious comments from the CT trainers

    “IF” Hawwaam did race, he would have finished just outside the Trifecta. And MdK knew that ?

    Rian, Well done, confidently tipping Vardy. There goes the 16-1 Met price..

  7. Congrats to Adam Marcus, Basil Marcus, Craig Zackey and to Patience.

    I been waiting plenty long for the return of Vardy.

    Shades of Gimmethegreenlight winning the Queens Plate

  8. Kevin G says:

    Hawaam has beaten nothing…still has to prove himself against Do It Again n Rainbow Bridge

  9. Rian says:

    I really fancied Vardy before the July and remember William also wanting to or taking a early bet, this horse moves like a champion
    I watched the race and hope he doesn’t hang again because that could be his downfall
    Champions don’t hang, Keep up the good work Adam and I remember your Dad picking me up for a Wed meeting at Scottsville from Hillcrest in his red BMW, fantastic man

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