Cape trainer Brett Crawford picked up the silverware at the recent Grade 1 Tsogo Sun Sprint at Scottsville with Bold Respect and has a chance of doing the same at Greyville on Friday, when he runs the Western Winter gelding Sunset Eyes in the R400 000 Grade 2 Post Merchants over 1200m.
The four-year-old has a full field of speedy opponents to deal with, including the winner of the Grade 1 Computaform Sprint Attenborough.
But the Crawford stable will feel he has what is necessary after his third place behind Bold Respect at Scottsville, particularly as he has landed the inside draw.
Attenborough is highly rated by trainer Joey Ramsden and is likely to have a better chance than at Scottsville, where he was drawn right on the outside of the 15-horse field. He is from the same Western Winter crop as Sunset Eyes and they could be the pair to fight out the finish.
Former Vodacom Durban July winner Legislate is in the field, having been withdrawn from this year’s July entry list. The seven-year-old has only had a barrier trial outing since his last race in 2016 and this is likely to be another prep run for a race like the World Sports Betting Champions Cup at the end of the season.
Another Crawford stable inmate, Black Cat Back, is in the field and comes off a third place to Bold Respect and Sunset Eyes in the In Full Flight Handicap at Scottsville. This four-year-old Black Minnaloushe gelding is also well drawn at four but will face another opponent who has beaten him before, the three-year-old Judpot gelding Sniper Shot, who won the Fever Tree Handicap over 1 400m for trainer Paul Lafferty at Scottsville in February.
Sniper Shot has run two top races since, finishing second in both the Byerley Turk and the Daisy Guineas, but might find the pace too hot to handle in the early stages.
That, however, is not likely to be a problem with the Justin Snaith-trained Western Winter gelding Bishop’s Bounty, who will be a contender if repeating the effort that carried him to victory in the Diadem Stakes at Kenilworth in January. – Gold Circle
Greyville 15 June 2018
POST MERCHANTS (Grade 2)
R400,000 1200m Open
Horse Mass MR Jockey Trainer
1 BISHOP’S BOUNTY 62.0 117 G van Niekerk Justin Snaith
2 LEGISLATE 62.0 117 B Fayd’Herbe Justin Snaith
3 ATTENBOROUGH 60.0 114 R Fourie Joey Ramsden
4 OUR MATE ART 58.0 109 C Murray Candice Bass-Robinson
5 SNIPER SHOT 56.0 106 K de Melo Paul Lafferty
6 PURE BLONDE 56.0 104 R Simons Alec Laird
7 BLACK CAT BACK 56.0 103 …………… Brett Crawford
8 MY PAL AL 56.0 102 S Veale Alistair Gordon
9 SUNSET EYES 56.0 102 …………… Brett Crawford
10 WONDERWALL 54.0 101 *L Hewitson Sean Tarry
11 WYNKELDER 54.0 96 S Khumalo Tony Rivalland
12 ROCK OF AFRICA 54.0 95 M Byleveld Vaughan Marshall
13 TOO PHAT TO FLY 53.5 105 …………… Glen Kotzen
14 HOIST THE MAST 50.0 90 …………… Andre Nel
15 MOMBELA 52.0 92 Reserve 1 Sean Tarry