Ken Nicol: : The Grade 3 Betting World 2200 gives those who didn’t make the Vodacom July final field an opportunity to embarrass the selection panel and this year’s event is no exception.
A trio of three-year-olds lead the way.
Heading the list is Zillzaal, assuming the second reserve doesn’t get a run in the July itself.
While he has been slaughtered by Hawwaam on numerous occasions, Sean Tarry’s Silvano colt gets the trip and even more significantly, he has a decent draw while his market rivals fill the widest gates.
He is sure to race close to the pace and if Anton Marcus steals a few lengths as they turn for home will take some catching.
Then there is Charles. This Trippi colt finished strongly for second in both the Cape and KZN versions of the Derby.
He hasn’t fired in either of his Greyville runs though and only has Bunker Hunt drawn outside him. But if at best he will be making his presence felt late.
Justin Snaith has made no secret of his high regard for Bunker Hunt.
Sabine Plattner’s Dynasty gelding ran on in both the Cape Derby and KZN Guineas, suggesting this trip may well be exactly what he is looking for. If he can overcome the widest draw he will be right there, even with top weight.
On his close up third to Twist Of Fate in the Guineas he is the class act here, and has master tactician Bernard Fayd’Herbe up. Another serious contender.
A sneaker at the bottom of the weights is Gimme One Night. This proven stayer made late progress into second in the Lonsdale Stirrup Cup and with a mere 52kg has to be respected.
The Dazzler, Shenanigans and Bize are others capable of upsetting.
Selection: 1 Zillzaal 2 Charles 3 Bunker Hunt 4 Gimme One Night
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