Snaith on the double

Snaith on the double


Ken Nicol: As always the Justin Snaith-Richard Fourie combination have a strong hand at Durbanville on Sunday.

And the three-year-old Trip To The Sky in Race 5 over 1400m is their standout runner.

This son of Trippi has always been above average, and since being gelded appears on the threshold of fulfilling that early potential.

He finished within 0.50 lengths of rising star Vardy last time, and that one gave the form a huge boost by running top class One World to a head at Grade 3 level a fortnight ago.

On that this one looks underrated by bucket loads with a current mark of 88, and he should prove far too strong for this MR 84 field.

Snaith and Fourie can complete a quick double in Race 6, a FM 84 Handicap over 1600m, with three-year-old filly Chakri.

This daughter of dual Grade 1 winner Rat Burana ran on impressively from a hopeless position last time, and before that wasn’t disgraced at Listed level behind talented Star Fighter.

Like her stable companion she looks sure to prove quite a bit better than her current merit rating of 78, and from a plum draw is a confident selection to bring home the bacon.

The first three races look set to be dominated by Cape Town’s only registered female trainer Candice Bass-Robinson, although these are all Maiden Juveniles, so there are plenty of potential improvers.

First up is Roll In The Hay in Race 1. She finished strongly on debut here after missing the break to only go down 0.50 lengths, and with natural improvement should get it right.

Three Two Charlie in Race 2 was unlucky enough to meet very special looking Frankel colt General Franco first time out. He seems unlikely to encounter anything of that class here, and with the benefit of the experience will be tough to peg back. 

Last but definitely not least is Snow Report in Race 3. He ran on stoutly after also being left at the start on debut when runner-up to very useful Captain Tatters, who went on to be runner up in the Listed Somerset 1200 last week. 

It will take something a bit above average to deny him the spoils.

All three are partnered by Bernard Fayd’Herbe, who has enjoyed plenty of success for the yard lately, and that trend seems certain to continue. 

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