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Snaith Guineas Winner For Met

Jockey decision after Do It Again runs on Saturday

Entries were received on Wednesday for the five WSB Cape Town Met day supporting features, which include seventeen for the Gr1 Cape Flying Championship and fifteen for the Gr1 Majorca Stakes.

Rio Querari – top notch sprinter (Pic – Chase Liebenberg)

The presence of visiting yards, while still only at entry stage,  is encouraging and the likes of Mike & Adam Azzie, Sean Tarry, Johan Janse van Vuuren and Alan Greeff hold a possible ticket in the R1 million Cape Flying, while in the prestigious fairer sex mile only Alan Greeff’s entry Santa Therese may take her chances against a powerful local attack.

R1 000 000 1000m (Turf)
CAPE FLYING CHAMPIONSHIP (WFA) (Grade 1)
2 African Rain Candice Bass-Robinson 106
8 Barzalona Candice Bass-Robinson 96
11 Bereave Adam Marcus 106
4 Bohica M G Azzie/A A Azzie 125
14 Captain Fontane Garth Puller 105
9 Hello Winter Hello J A Janse van Vuuren 114
15 Intrepid Justin Snaith 100
12 Kasimir Justin Snaith 121
6 Mr Cobbs Candice Bass-Robinson 101
5 Pleasedtomeetyou Andre Nel 105
10 Real Gone Kid (AUS) Brett Crawford 111
17 Resonate Candice Bass-Robinson 100
7 Rio Querari Justin Snaith 130
13 Sound Of Warning Sean Tarry 111
1 Speed Machine Justin Snaith 110
3 True To Life J A Janse van Vuuren 115
16 Viking Moon Alan Greeff 109
(17)

The all-conquering Justin Snaith yard has the highest rated entrant in the Gr1 sprint in the shape of Equus Champion Speedster Rio Querari, while Captain’s Ransom pulled a potential wide gate in the Majorca.

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R750 000 1600m (Turf)
MAJORCA STAKES (WFA) (Grade 1)
2 Amanzimtoti Candice Bass-Robinson 110
14 Captain’s Ransom Justin Snaith 126
3 Chansonette Andre Nel 110
9 Chat Ching Candice Bass-Robinson 107
5 Dancetildaylight Candice Bass-Robinson 96
6 Kailene Glen Kotzen 102
13 Major Attraction Justin Snaith 100
11 Maria Querol Justin Snaith 101
8 Marina Candice Bass-Robinson 108
12 Mercury Rising Justin Snaith 105
0 Pretty Betty Mike Stewart 106
10 Princess Calla Adam Marcus 118
7 Really Royal Justin Snaith 103
1 Santa Therese Alan Greeff 104
4 Zarina Candice Bass-Robinson 119
(15)

But the WSB Cape Town Met remains the highlight of the day and final supplementary entries close at 11h00 on Monday, with weights being published that day.

Declarations are due by 11h00 on Wednesday 19 January.The final field and barrier draws will be announced at a function the same day.

Gold Circle reported this week that Cape Guineas winner Double Superlative has been earmarked for the Met.

Double Superlative – led in after the Cape Guineas by Jono Snaith, Nic Jonsson and Justin Snaith (Pic – Chase Liebenberg)

Snaith told David Thiselton that the yard were confident before the Guineas as everything had been against him in his previous start in the Gr3 Cape Classic, including a wide draw and having to come from the back over 1400m with a tailwind blowing. Snaith said that he had subsequently beaten the decent Nexus by six lengths in a gallop.

Snaith admitted he did feel for the two horses who were interfered with in the straight by Double Superlative in the Cape Guineas, but added that nothing was going to beat the Twice Over colt on the day.

Indeed, he was impressive and as a horse with a lot of scope and substance has a shout of becoming the first three-year-old male to win the Met since the De Kock-trained pair Horse Chestnut and Badger’s Coast respectively won it in 1999 and 2000. Snaith did win it with the three-year-old filly Oh Susanna in 2018.

Snaith said the ride on Double Superlative for the Met lies between his Guineas jockey Anton Marcus and another of the yard’s first call riders Grant van Niekerk.

He said that it all depends on how Do It Again goes on Saturday in the Glorious Goodwood Premier Trophy.

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www.goldcircle.co.za – additional reporting by Sporting Post editorial staff.

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1 comment on “Snaith Guineas Winner For Met

  1. Neill de Bruyn says:

    Mr Ed – if Double Superlative wins the Met, not only would he emulate the great Horse Chestnut’s achievement, but the Cape Derby would be a mere formality.
    Interesting. .

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