DO IT AGAIN
Michael Clower: Vodacom Durban July hero Do It Again will skip the Champions Cup at the end of the month and have a well-deserved rest before returning next season when his first major objectives will be the L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate and the Sun Met.
Jono Snaith has also spelt out plans for other big names in the stable: Oh Susanna will be rested before coming back to be aimed at the Paddock Stakes and the Met while Snowdance will also wait until next season when her targets will be the Queen’s Plate and the Klawervlei Majorca.
However Elusive Silva, third in the July, runs in the Champions Cup. The owners of runner-up Made To Conquer are keen to have a crack at the eLan Gold Cup, for which Strathdon and Gold Vase fourth One Direction are already intended runners.
Drakenstein racing manager Kevin Sommerville reports that Legislate, the 2014 Durban July winner, is to race on despite his flop in last month’s Post Merchants, explaining: “He blew up in that race. Seemingly he wasn’t fit enough, so we are going to give him a bit more time.”
Fertility problems put paid to the horse’s stallion career and hopes were high when he romped home in a barrier trial. He then started third favourite for the Post Merchants but was tailed off, finishing some 18 lengths behind the second-last horse.
Miss Frankel, out of action since suffering a strained high suspensory when odds-on for her handicap debut at Kenilworth in November, is now back in training.
Avontuur general manager Pippa Mickleburgh said: “She was in work with me for some four to six weeks and she has now been back with Dennis Drier for a further six weeks. She looks amazing and we are holding thumbs.”
The Final Fling Stakes, due to be run at Kenilworth on Saturday week, has been put back seven days to July 28 following the postponement of the Highlands Stud Winter Derby meeting (which includes the Ladies Mile) to this Saturday. – Gold Circle