DOUBLEMINT(R) WINS PENINSULA HANDICAP
Viv Greybe: The focus will be on the running of the highly competitive World Sports Betting 1900 (Grade 2) on Saturday at Greyville where 12 runners will line up in a contest which is regarded as a pointer to the outcome of the forthcoming Vodacom Durban July.
Leading Western Cape trainer Justin Snaith will launch a strong attack with Doublemint, Magnificent Seven and Made To Conquer who all come off 112-day layoffs.
However, the one who makes most appeal of the trio is Doublemint with top-flight jockey Anton Marcus in the saddle.
This five-time winner scored decisively over 2400m in Winter Derby (Grade 3) at Kenilworth and two runs later he was a fast-finishing close winner in the 1600m Peninsular Handicap (Grade 2).
The colt was not disgraced in his subsequent race as he ran on stoutly from off the pace to finish a 3.50-length sixth out of 13 in the 2000m Sun Met (Grade 1). With a fairly good draw he could have the edge here.
However, he can expect a bold bid from Robbie and Shannon Hill-trained filly Camphoratus (Gareth Wright) who was a surprise winner last time when coming from last after a slow start to snatch victory in the 1600m HSH Princess Empress Club Stakes (Grade 1) at Turffontein. The five-time winner has an even better draw than Made To Conquer and should make her presence felt.
Also in with claims is Mike and Adam Azzie-trained Orpheus with in-form Marco van Rensburg up. The combination will be bidding for four wins in a row, the last of which was a successful raid at Greyville where the free-striding four-year-old scored impressively by 6.25 lengths in a Listed event and established a new course record time.
But do not hastily dismiss Snaith-trained six-time winner Made To Conquer (Richard Fourie) after an indifferent last run in the Sun Met at Kenilworth. The five-year-old was a fast finishing runner-up in his previous outing in the 1800m WSB Premier Trophy (Grade 2) at the same venue. The gelding is likely to step out refreshed and ready after his break and could be in the final call.
Next best are Magnificent Seven (apprentice Luke Ferraris) and Glen Kotzen-trained Eyes Wide Open with Warren Kennedy aboard.
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