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July Rejection – Attie Goes For Gold Vase

Sporting Ziets says it's all systems go for 3000m race

“Disappointed, but it’s their choice not ours.” That was the word from Fairview trainer Zietsman Oosthuizen on the news that his stable star Atyaab had not made the cut for the R2 million Gr1 Vodacom Durban July when the final field of 18 was announced on Tuesday.

A prolific traveller, Suzette and Basie Viljoen’s Australian-bred gelding has been a model of consistency since his giantkilling act on Cape Met day when beating July reserve runner Silver Host in the New Turf Carriers Gr2 Western Cape Stayers.

Atyaab beats Silver Host in the Gr2 feature (Pic – Chase Liebenberg)

The dream plan declared early on was always to aim the Dundeel hardknocker at the Durban July.

A disappointed Zietsman told the Sporting Post that there were a few runners with little chance in the July field, but that the team would accept the rejection by the big race panel sportingly and focus on winning the R150 000 Dstv Gr3 Gold Vase over the 3000m on the same afternoon.

“Attie is fit and ready so we will travel up and take them on,” he said.

A former Mike de Kock resident, the Gr1 winner has registered two wins and three seconds from 7 starts for the Oosthuizen yard.

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12 comments on “July Rejection – Attie Goes For Gold Vase

  1. Luigi Morelli says:

    Jammer Zietsman skreiende skande!!

  2. Dev Govender says:

    While I’m fond of the horse and sympathetic to the connections, I’m not sure that Atyaab would have been a realistic July contender. The Gold Vase and Gold Cup are more natural targets given his proven ability as a stayer and I’m hoping for a big performance from him in these races.

  3. Well you cannot expect a horse that cannot even win a silly handicap in PE to be taken seriously for the July

  4. Luigi Morelli says:

    If you look at the quality of this field Atyaab would finish in front of half this field. Some of these acceptors would battle to win in PE.

  5. Murphy says:

    Don’t be silly now ????

    1. Editor says:

      Barry Murphy

  6. Cecil Pienaar says:

    Ek dink n wen in die Gold Vase is beter as 7de of 8ste in Die July …. Hou duime vas Ziets, soos in Die Kaap, doen dit weer in Durban

  7. Vincent Prince says:

    I feel that Belgarion got the measure of most of this field maybe Rainbow Bridge, Linebacker, Kommedieding & Johnny Hero as the best outsider for a 4/5 place…..

  8. dylan barnard says:

    Agree Luigi. Let’s not forget the fact that he won the Cape Derby in 2019. He beat Silver Host(1st reserve) the last time the two met in January ,Cape Stayers GR2. Having won a GR1&2 and finishing close in a few others he would have probably beat most of the field. But like Cecil and Dev says he’s got a much better chance of winning the Gold Vase.

  9. Sagie Pillay says:

    Aytaab would have done well in the july..Most of the horses der are just wasting der time…So urll didnt see P.E Horses winning in Gauteng…

  10. Indy says:

    rainbow bridge has more class in his left nostril than most of this field put together…miss the days of the giants

    1. Editor says:

      Indy, name and surname plse

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