WALKING ON AIR
Trevor Reid: Jockey Gavin Lerena has been going through a purple patch and has every chance of breaking the winning record he set last month.
POWER KING and PUNTA ARENAS
Jack Milner: At a function on Friday night Gold Circle’s Racing and Marketing Executive Graeme Hawkins had only one wish for this year’s Vodacom Durban July, that it would be a clean-run race and there would be no excuses for the beaten horses.
Nicki Garner: For the second year running the objection hooter sounded not long after the running of South Africa’s premier race, the R3.5-million Vodacom Durban July. First across the line was Dean Kannemeyer-trained Power King, but he seemed to hang left and make contact with runner-up Punta Arenas. That was an optical illusion.
Jack Milner: The handicappers will come under the spotlight in this year’s Vodacom Durban July as two horses with merit ratings of 120 go head-to-head in the R3.5-million race over 2200m at Greyville on Saturday.
Jack Milner: When it comes to racing on the Vaal sand horses either like it or they don’t and in Toro Rosso’s case, he seems to love it.