Met winner Rainbow Bridge will renew rivalry with his Drill Hall conqueror Undercover Agent in the Rising Sun Gold Challenge at Greyville on 8 June and last year’s Vodacom Durban July hero Do It Again will also be in the line-up.
The way Rainbow Bridge flew home to be beaten little more than a head in his first race for more than three months was a revelation even though trainer Eric Sands had predicted that he would be competitive.
Sands said yesterday Rainbow Bridge has matured physically.
“Anton said they were getting away from him going through the 700m and when he turned for home the horse was last. He said he could have given him a smack but he didn’t see the point until he found his legs and, when the horse did, he didn’t have to give him a smack.”
Brett Crawford confirms that Undercover Agent will go for a second successive Gold Challenge and that there will be no July run. Instead the four-year-old will wait for the Champions Cup in which he was second to stable companion Captain America last season.
Do It Again will have just three races in KZN, all Grade 1s and starting with the Gold Challenge – nothing to do with avoiding an increase in ratings prior to the July apparently. “He is a horse that is quite light and doesn’t take a lot of racing so we decided only three races,” Jono Snaith explained.
“It will be tough first time back in the Gold Challenge but he will be at his best on July day, and then he goes for the Champions Cup. His gallop on the course last Friday was outstanding – he came from off the pace of Made To Conquer.” – Gold Circle
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