DO IT AGAIN (YELLOW) GETS UP
Ken Nicol: Superstar Do It Again won a heart stopping L’Ormarins Queens Plate when he got up very late to get the better of the brilliant three-year-old Soqrat at Kenilworth on Saturday.
Amazing Strike as expected went off to lead and set a decent tempo, while Hat Puntano blew whatever slim chance he had by being left badly.
Undercover Agent, Snowdance and Soqrat were all in close attendance, while Rainbow Bridge and Legal Eagle were a further length or so off the true pace.
Do It Again was as per usual given a chance and sat two thirds of the way back.
Undercover Agent skipped clear down the inside as they turned for home, but his challenge quickly fizzled out.
But Soqrat had looked hard as nails in the preliminaries, and when he cruised into the lead coming inside the final 200m, it looked like he would become the first three-year-old to win this since Gimmethegreenlight in 2012.
But Richard Fourie coaxed what is becoming a familiar withering finish out of Vodacom July winner Do It Again down the centre, and he completed the rare July – Queen’s Plate double as he got up late to win by a neck.
Rainbow Bridge went off favourite but was a well beaten third, while Legal Eagle tasted defeat for the first time over 1600m with a tame fourth.
It was a first Queen’s Plate win for both Fourie and owner Bernard Kantor, and a third graded win in succession for the jockey, after Doublemint and Oh Susanna had taken the Peninsula Handicap and Paddock Stakes respectively.
It was a remarkable turnaround, as in Race 4 he had been dumped at the start when Bunker Hunt stumbled leaving the starting stalls. Thankfully he escaped unscathed.
“The pace was good, and the right horses were all around me. He gave it to me in one good rush, and it’s a great feeling” was how Fourie summed up the post triumph euphoria.
Do It Again is now certain to now be a strong favourite for the Sun Met on January 26.
Mathew de Kock was magnanimous in defeat.
“I’m very proud. He ran a cracker, and there are no excuses” was how he summed up Soqrat’s effort.