The final round of the battle for a place in the Vodacom Durban July field will be fought at Greyville Racecourse on Saturday, 11 June, when the R1-million Grade 1 Rising Sun Gold Challenge over 1600m and the R250,000 Grade 3 Cup Trial over 1800m are run.
RABADA AND IT'S MY TURN
Mike Moon: Rabada showed great courage in a driving finish to win the Daily News 2000 at Greyville on Saturday. Jockey Anton Marcus was at his tactical and muscular best to deliver Mike Azzie another Grade 1 trophy in a golden season for the popular Highveld trainer.
Jack Milner: The outcome of Saturday’s R2-million Daily News 2000 could depend on one factor – will Rabada see out 2000m?
Jack Milner: Bela-Bela, Nightingale and Negroamaro finished first, second and third respectively in the Grade 2 Daisy Fillies Guineas at Greyville and they look the three who will fight out the R1 million Woolavington 2000 over 2000m at the same course on Saturday.
Jack Milner: The debate about class versus weight is always interesting because how much weight do you have to put on any particular horse to stop him winning? Despite the fact we are told that over middle distances 0.5kg equals one length that does not always prove to be the case.
Jack Milner: Justin Snaith is confident Bela-Bela will stay 2000m and is the runner to beat in Saturday’s R1-million Woolavington 2000 at Greyville.
Black Arthur, ruling favourite for the Vodacom Durban July, will not take part in Saturday’s R2-million Grade 1 Daily News 2000 at Greyville but trainer Justin Snaith still goes into the event with a strong hand.
RIKA AND ADRIAAN VAN VUUREN
Jack Milner: Abashiri captured the imagination of the racing public with his victory in the SA Triple Crown during the Highveld season and on Saturday night this son of Go Deputy also captured three statuettes at the 2016 Racing Association Feature Season Awards at a dinner held at Turffontein Racecourse.
SOLID SPEED AND ST TROPEZ
Mike Moon: Solid Speed cemented his place in the Vodacom Durban July when he raced to victory in the BettingWorld 1900 at Greyville on Friday night.
Jack Milner: While many accolades keep pouring in for Sean Tarry – and they are well earned – as he heads towards his second successive Champion Trainer’s title, one cannot ignore the wonderful year Mike Azzie is experiencing.