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2 weeks 5 days ago #780158 by Sharky
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Doesn’t seem to be much except on ABC and the odd Sporting Post article.. wouldn’t even know it existed from outside of racing!

Would be great to get trainers comments on the well being of the Met Runners as of Wednesday (today).. as for the draws, pace, wind, luck, kak rides etc, we can decide that for ourselves but a in depth of each runner form each trainer would be great like Gosden, O’Brien, Henderson, Nichols etc give.... it’s always nice to know how healthy and well or not, the horses are doing.

Hoping for a clean race with a fair pace.. still One World for me but would love to know how he is doing back home.

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2 weeks 5 days ago #780159 by Bob Brogan
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Not been one Article on Tabonline this week...Just shite about Horse export and Larry Wainstein

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2 weeks 5 days ago #780215 by Sealegs
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Always the case ,for a while now! Nobody bothered to make any effort. All you hear/read is negative news and opinion, thats where all the effort seems to be directed. A pity really, so much more could be done towards building up excitement, giving punters a little more information and generally promoting horse racing.

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2 weeks 4 days ago #780257 by Sammy Silver
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ONE WORLD just needs a bit of luck ... MARSHALL

Vaughan Marshall won the Sun Met six years ago with Hill Fifty Four and there are a number of similarities between that horse and the yard's contender this year, One World.

Marshall said about One World, "I am very happy with him, he is very well, and all we need now is a bit of luck."

The first similarity with Hill Fifty Four is that he is by Captain Al, although he is a four-year-old colt whereas Hill Fifty Four was a five-year-old gelding.

The second similarity is that their respective damsires impart stamina. Hill Fifty Four was out of a Sportsworld mare, while One World is out of a Giant's Causeway mare.

Marshall said, "There must be a slight stamina doubt but he was running on well in the L'Ormarins Queen's Plate and we will take our chances,"

In One World's only attempt beyond a mile he finished a 2,25 length second to Vardy in the Grade 3 Winter Classic over 1800m at Kenilworth.

One World's British-bred dam Aquilonia only raced five times but the distance range was from one-mile-and-two-furlongs to one-mile-and-four-furlongs, suggesting her trainer Roger Charlton believed she was a stayer. A fourth place finish over one- mile-and-two-furlongs at Salisbury was her best effort.

In the breeding shed she has produced a horse by Count Dubois called Counterstroke who won over 1800m, although he and his full sister Count To Ten, who was stakes placed over a mile, generally looked to be most comfortable from 1400m to a mile.

On the other hand Count To Ten's first foal, Blow Your Cool, has placed three times in five starts and her placed distance range is 1800m to 2000m despite being by the speedster Warm White Night.

The next similarity with Hill Fifty Four is that One World is drawn wide.

He is drawn in barrier 12 out of the 13 remaining runners, while Hill Fifty Four's Met win came from a draw of 15 out of 18.

Hill Fifty Four was admittedly given a ride by Anton Marcus which can genuinely be described as brilliant.

Marshall said about One World's draw, "It should not matter especially as there are now only 13 runners and I definitely think there will be a good pace."

The race is now weight-for-age (wfa) whereas in Hill Fifty Four's day it was wfa plus penalties, so the latter only carried 58kg and received 2kg from the Grade 1 winners.

However, One World looks to be a genuine Grade 1 weight for age class horse and on pure formlines should be the second favourite instead of the 10/1 fifth favourite (Track and Ball). He has finished second to Vardy three times in succession, over 1800m and then twice over 1600m, and this pair have had Do It Again and Rainbow Bridge beaten twice and Hawwaam once.

However, the public and the bookmakers are still not convinced. They believe the big guns needed it in the Green Point Stakes and they must believe the delayed start affected the result in the LQP.

Vardy and One World will have to do it a third time to be accepted as the best, such is the aura surrounding the big three.

One World has certainly blossomed this season and conformation-wise this big, strong, rangy horse looks the real deal.

Marshall's long time stable jockey MJ Byleveld has also blossomed in recent seasons, especially in the field of BMT.

He is overdue a win ín one of South Africa big two races, the Vodacom Durban July and the Sun Met, where he has gone close a couple of times, including being first across the line on Wylie Hall in the July of 2014 and a narrow second in the 2013 Met on Hill Fifty Four.

Marshall named his best runner on the day as Cane Lime And Soda in the CTS 1600. He is drawn two and wears first-time blinkers.

He also named Joseph Berry (Listed Summer Juvenile Stakes), Mirage (CTS 1200) and Tap O' Noth (Grade 2 New Turf Carriers Western Cape Stayers) as competive runners on the day.

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2 weeks 4 days ago #780259 by Sammy Silver
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BRETT CRAWFORD has three GRADE 1 CHANCES at SUN MET meeting

Brett Crawford is hoping Undercover Agent can run as well as he did in last year's Sun Met although he rates his best runners on the day as Run Fox Run in the Grade 1 Cape Flying Championship and Front And Centre in the Grade 1 Bidvest Majorca Stakes.

Five-year-old Captain Al entire Undercover Agent features in the card changes for the day as he will be wearing a tongue tie.

Crawford said, "He is all good and seems to have been working better with the tongue tie on. It is a tough task but we have got to try and if he runs the same sort of race as last year we will be very happy."

Stable jockey Corné Orffer rode him to a courageous 2,20 length fourth last year from draw 12 out of 13 and this year he is drawn six out of 13.

In the Cape Flying Championship Crawford's Australian-bred four-year-old Foxwedge filly Run Fox Run attempts to keep her unbeaten record. She has won all five of her career starts from 1000m to 1200m comfortably. Her last two runs, on May 25 last year in the Listed Olympic Duel Stakes over 1200m and on December 14 in the Grade 2 WSB Southern Cross Stakes over 1000m, both at Kenilworth, were her first two attempts at black type and she won them by five lengths and 2,25 lengths respectively.

It is now a big step up to weight-for-age Grade 1 company against the boys but the manner of those wins, showing fair cruising speed before turning it on in the last 400m, has impressed the bookmakers who make her the 2,65/1 joint favourite with Kasimir.

Crawford said, "She is in great form and looks well and has been working well. She has had a great prep and we will now see how good she is."

He also has Pacific Trader and Bold Respect in the Cape Flying and said, "Both will run well, they always do."

Front And Centre also features in the card changes for the days as she will be wearing blinkers.

Crawford said, "Ï hope she improves with the blinkers. I do think the mile is her better trip, I have no doubt she is more suited to that distance than the 1800m of the Paddock Stakes last time (when beaten 2,75 lengths into fifth by Queen Supreme)."

Front And Centre, who finished a 1,70 length third to Clouds Unfold last year, is drawn seven with Anton Marcus up.

Crawford expected good runs from all three of his contenders in the Grade 3 City Of Cape Town Politician Stakes over 1800m, Super Silvano, Late At Night and Parterre.

He said, "They are all doing well and will run good races."

Count Jack, who runs in the CTS 1600, was the other of his many runners on the day he mentioned.

He said, "He has been working exceptionally well. It is a tough race but on his work at home he has a place chance."

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2 weeks 4 days ago #780260 by Sammy Silver
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RED, AMBER, NOW GREEN

Many think it is an easy game, and it is a case of pushing buttons when it comes to racing but it is far from that! Trainer Joey Soma’s smart son of Gimmiethegreenlight, Got The Greenlight who lines up for the R5 Million CTS 1600 race on Sun Met day, left his Highveld base on Monday afternoon after two and a half weeks of quarantine at Randjesfontein and arrived safely in the Cape on Tuesday morning at 10:30am. Soma said “he travelled well and I am as happy as I can be. He is drinking a lot, adapted well and working well.” Soma added that trainers Paul Peter and Lucky Houdalakis also had to go through the same quarantine process with their Cape Town raiders due to a recent African Horse Sickness scare in Gauteng.

Soma mentioned that it was difficult preparing his horse because they are only allowed out of their stables while in quarantine between 10am and 3pm.

Got The Greenlight has improved from his last run which he needed badly after his break from the KZN Champions Season. With luck in running Soma is expecting to be competitive but it is never easy considering the journey undertaken to prepare for this race in the Cape. “We are expecting a good run. The win would be the cherry on the cake” said Soma.

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2 weeks 4 days ago #780261 by Sammy Silver
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KOTZEN happy to split the BIG GUNS with either SUN MET runner

Glen Kotzen is very happy with both his Sun Met contenders Pack Leader and Eyes Wide Open but admitted he would be thrilled to just split the “big four” with either runner on Saturday..

The pair, who will both run in Hugo and Suzanne Hattingh's faniliar Chrigor stud colours, had a gallop at Kenilworth last Wednesday with big race rider Morne Winnaar on Pack Leader and Anthony Andrews on Warren Kennedy's mount Eyes Wide Open.

Kotzen said, "They worked together and did good pace work on the bit. Morne was pleased with Pack Leader and Anthony, who knows Eyes Wide Open well, was happy with Eyes too. Today (Tuesday) the two horses did their last bit of hard work before the race and I am very happy."

Eyes Wide Open, who is drawn in pole, is merit rated 118 and in the race card changes for the day the blinkers which he was declared with have been taken off. He has not worn blinkers since last year's Met, where he ran a 5,25 length ninth from a tricky draw of nine.

Pack Leader is merit rated 116 and jumps from draw ten.

Kotzen said, "We haven''t been too hard on Pack Leader in his build up events as he was coming back from a tendon injury and was off for more than a year, so he is going to be having his peak run. Eyes Wide Open if he turns up on the day can take on the best."

Kotzen shared his reading of the race, "Do It Again has run below par in his last two and might battle to swing his form back in time.I was more impressed with Hawwaam in the preliminaries before the Peninsula than before the Queen's Plate so it might have been the second run after the rest syndrome and I think a line can be drawn through that Queen's Plate run anyway as nothing went right for him beforehand or in the race. So I think he is the horse to beat, although it is another big day with a lot of people so anything can happen. Vardy has had a great prep and is progressive and should stay the trip. It would be nice to see a young trainer winning the Met instead of the usual so if I don't win it I would like to see Vardy win it. Wherever Vardy is One World should be right there. I was talking to John Koster (Klawervlei Stud) about One World's pedigree and he believes this Captain Al colt will have no problem with the trip being out of a Giant's Causeway mare. Rainbow Bridge is having his third run after a layoff so should be at his peak. Twist Of Fate always seems to be just behind the best. "

He concluded, "So from my point of view I would be happy if either of mine split the big four."

Kotzen said he gave both Thumbs Up and Thomas Henry chances in the Listed Summer Juvenile Stakes over 1000m.

He said, "Thumbs Up pinged it last time and was then in a fight in the front with another horse but still stayed on for second (beaten 5,25 lngths by Dad's Catch). This race is often won by a two-year-old filly so she is a huge runner. Because of her race on the Friday of the LQP festival I told the jockey to take it easy at the off on Thomas Henry the next day. However, the eventual winner Erik The Red jumped fast and built up a lead and Thomas Henry failed to catch him (beaten into second by 4,75 lengths). The jockey came back and said if he had run his normal race he might have caught him. So we have been running him in blinkers at home since then and he has shown a lot of improvement with them on."

Kotzen gives Snapscan a big chance in the Grade 2 New Turf Carriers Western Cape Stayers over 2800m.

He said, "She represents the form of many of the Majorca runners, so we will see how that form works out earlier in the day, and she will definitely have no problem with the distance. She is a huge runner."

He also gives Third Runway a chance in the Grade 1 Bidvest Majorca over 1600m as her last race did not pan out well over 1200m and she has proved herself over this trip with a third place finish in the Grade 1 WSB Cape Fillies Guineas. However, she does have a wide draw of 12 to overcome.

He believed the hard-knocking Silver Tiara would have a good chance in the eleventh, a maiden for fillies and mares over 1800m. She finished just two lengths behind Namaqualand over 1600m last time. The latter is highly regarded by Sean Tarry. In the day's equipment changes Silver Tiara also has them taken off which is an important fact to take note of. In that last race she over-raced from a wide draw with a 4kg apprentice on and eventually pulled her way to the front. She did well to stay on for third. She now has another wide draw of ten out of 12, but if settling better without the blinkers on and finding a good position in the running she will be a huge runner.

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2 weeks 4 days ago #780262 by Sammy Silver
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MDK couldn't be happier with HAWWAAM and is glad he drew wide.

MIke de Kock is very happy with the condition of Hawwam ahead of Saturday's Sun Met and is actually pleased he is drawn wide, although he described the betting for both the Met and the Grade 1 Bidvest Majorca Stakes as "ridiculous".

De Kock said about the draw, "At least from draw 12 Anton Marcus will not have to think about getting away from the rail, he will already be away from it. He was obsessed about getting away from the rail in the Queen's Plate, I struggle to think why when you are in the perfect position to take the shortest way home, but this time he won't have to do all that thinking."

Hawwaam over-raced in the L'Ormarins Queen's Plate when caught in a head to head fight with Rainbow Bridge for about three furlongs, so many were of the opinion he had endured a hard race.

However, De Kock disagreed and said, "I am not convinced he had a hard race. Once his chances were ruined and it became obvious he was not going to place he made no effort in the finish."

He concluded, "He has had a good prep, I couldn't be happier with him."

The Met has the known front-runner Head Honcho in the line up and there are others like Undercover Agent who like to get on with it.

De Kock predicted the race would be run at a "good, even tempo".

Hawwaam is the ruling favourite at roundabout 18/10 while the Queen's Plate and Green Point Stakes winner Vardy is only second favourite at 28/10.

De Kock said, "The Met betting is absolutely ridiculous. Even if things had gone better in the Queen's Plate Vardy would have been very difficult to beat. When is Vardy going to be given the credit he is due? He is an absolute champion. I just don't understand it but I think it is because of all this hype from people who seem to have no idea about form."

De Kock is also bewildered by the betting for the Majorca, a weight for age mile for fillies and mares.

Whilst agreeing Queen Supreme is looking to be a very good filly he said, "She doesn't have nearly the formlines of Celtic Sea. Celtic Sea is a a multiple Grade 1 winner and the champion of her generation, yet the betting has Queen Supreme at around even money and Celtic Sea at about 7/2. There is no logic in that."

Queen Supreme has won five of her seven starts including an easy 2,50 length victory in the Grade 1 Paddock Stakes over 1800m last time, which followed an excellent 1,60 length fourth in the Grade 1 Gauteng Summer Cup. The Exceed And Excel filly is Irish-bred and although officially a four-year-old she has not yet turned four in actual terms, so she will be improving all the time. She gets a half-a-kilogram hemisphere allowance.

De Kock said, "She has had a very good prep. She stayed down in the Cape after the race and has blossomed. As time goes on she will get better and better as she is not even physically four yet."

Queen Supreme is drawn nine compared to Celtic Sea's eight.

De Kock has three horses in the CTS 1200, Vaseem, Battleoftrafalgar and Alramz.

His regular first call jockey Callan Murray is on Vaseem.
De Kock said, "Vaseem is probably the best sprinter of the three. Battleoftrafalgar had an abscess on the epiglottis after winning the Million Maiden so missed a fair bit of work but he is getting there, although the Million Maiden form looks ordinary. Alramz has done nothing wrong and has been better in blinkers."

The yard's other runner on the day is Atyaab in the Grade 2 New Turf Carriers Western Cape Stayers over 2800m where he is second favourite at around 11/2.

De Kock said he was well and added, "He is exposed, what you see is what you get with him."

The Australian-bred Dundeel gelding carries second topweight of 59,5kg and jumps from draw six under Murray.

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2 weeks 4 days ago #780263 by Sammy Silver
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RAINBOW BRIDGE has come well ... SANDS.

Eric Sands is very happy with the well-being of the defending Sun Met champion Rainbow Bridge in the week of the big race.

Some of the five-year-old Ideal World gelding's fans have been concerned about the hard race he had in the L'Ormarins Queen's Plate but Sands said, "He got caught in the front with Hawwaam and they were fighting head to head for about three furlongs, so it was a great effort for him to still stay on for third. We had to ease back on him a little after the race, but he has now come well, I am very happy with him."

Big race jockey Ryan Moore is globe-trotting at present and Sands was not sure whether he would arrive in time to sit on Rainbow Bridge before Saturday.

Moore was in Florida last Saturday to ride in the Pegasus World Cup, where he finished second on the Aidan O'Brien-trained Magic Wand. He then finished second yesterday on the KW Lui-trained More Than This in the Hong Kong Classic Mile at Sha Tin's big Chinese New Year meeting and today he will be riding work in Saudia Arabia ahead of the US$20 Million Saudi Cup on February 29.

Sands believes there will be a fair pace in the Met.

He identified Twist Of Fate as a horse who had run his best races when going strongly up with the pace and mentioned Head Honcho as another who liked to be right up there.

He added, "We are drawn outside of both of them too."

He said he could not see either of those two horses setting a very fast pace but felt there would at least be an honest pace.

Rainbow Bridge has a fine draw of five and Twist Of fate and Head Honcho are drawn three and four respectively.

Sands clinched his first Met victory last year.

His previous best in Cape Town's biggest race had been second with Grand Jete in 2002.

Sands only has one other runner on the day, Black Belt in the last race.

He said about this hard-knocking Black Minnaloushe gelding, "He is a five-year-old so is not improving but is very honest and it is not a killer field. In fact I think the field he ran in the other day was stronger and he is doing well."

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2 weeks 4 days ago #780264 by Sammy Silver
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VARDY AND TWIST OF FATE IN FINE SHAPE

Trainer Adam Marcus finds himself holding the trump cards for his home city of Cape Town's biggest race, the Sun Met, a scenario which would have seemed unimaginable a couple of seasons ago, and he is thrilled with the well-being of his two contenders Vardy and Twist Of Fate.

"It is tough times at the moment but I am a fighter and that's why we have got to where we have," said Marcus.

Stable star Vardy, a four-year-old gelding by Var, is unbeaten since an operation to have a "small knee chip" removed. The chip was discovered after his third place finish to One World and Twist Of Fate in the CTS 1600 at last year's Sun Met meeting.

The chip did not cause unsoundness or affect his performance in anyway so he was able to carry on racing with it still there.

Marcus continued, "After his win in the Winter Classic we could have gone for the Winter Derby but we decided instead to operate before the chip did become an issue."

Since the operation Vardy has won the Grade 2 Green Point Stakes and the Grade 1 L'Ormarin's Queen's Plate, both over 1600m.

The Queen's Plate was the third time in succession he had beaten One World into second place.

More importantly, however, he also had two of the country's big three, Do It Again, Rainbow Bridge and Hawwaam, beaten in the Green Point and he beat all three of them in the Queen's Plate.

Marcus said, "He has come through the Queen's Plate exceptionally well. The race is still a week-and-a-half way but at the moment he is better than ever."

The big question, being by the speed influence Var, is whether he will stay the trip.

His half-sister by Captain Al, Eros's Girl, did win the Listed East Cape Oaks over 2000m at Fairview as a three-year-old for Justin Snaith, which gives Vardy hope on paper.

Marcus has little doubt about the trip and said, "Although by Var he is very athletic and I am of the opinion one of his best wins was in the Winter Classic. If you take a line through him and One World the form of that race has held up exceptionally well. So I have no concerns about him staying 2000m. One of his main assets is he switches off so beautifully around the turn and he can then use his exceptional turn of foot. He is versatile and has sat in the box seat in second and has come from last. He is a very intelligent horse, he is laid back and he knows what to do. He is a late maturer and is getting better all the time."

All these assets should also help him overcome a tricky draw of nine.

Marcus said, "The draw is not really a concern as he can come from anywhere and I will leave it up to Craig (Zackey). It is not a big field of 20, there are only 14 horses, so there should not be too much of a mad scramble and the guys should find their positions relatively quickly."

Marcus inherited Twist of Fate when trainer Joey Ramsden decided to close his Milnerton-based yard.

Marcus said, "Twist Of Fate has not had good luck with draws in the past so I am glad he has now landed another good draw."

The four-year-old Master Of My Fate colt was drawn two in the Queen's Plate and ran on well for a 2,05 length fourth.

He is now drawn three in the Met with Aldo Domeyer staying aboard.

Marcus said, "I have only had him for two runs so am still learning about him from run to run, but I think we are going to have him at his peak for the Met and he has a lot in his favour."

He added, "When he was a three-year-old he was able to be handy and stay on as he has such a big heart."

However, he then talked about this tactic having not been as effective in the Grade 2 Premier Trophy over 1800m in December, his first start for the yard. He led in that race and was overtaken by both Hawwaam and Bunker Hunt in the straight, finishing a five length third.

Marcus continued, "So because he is such a pleaser and can overdo it, we asked him to take a sit in the Queen's Plate and then utilise that power later on in the race. He ran on very well and Aldo was very happy with the run."

He concluded, "His overall soundness and health is very good. He is in a very good place and I am very happy with his prep so far."

Twist Of Fate has become the subject of a fairytale story as he was bought by the Mauritius-based River Palace syndicate for a mere R20,000 and has now earned R3,175,850 in stakes.

"It's the sort of dream story which keeps racing alive," said Marcus.

Furthermore, he said Twist Of Fate was always willing to do whatever was asked of him at home and, despite still being a colt, was "an angel" to train.

Marcus spoke highly of the owners of both Twist Of fate and Vardy.

The latter is owned by big players in the game, Bernard Kantor, Greg Blank, Jimmy Sarkis and Darryly Yutar.

Kantor also owns Do It Again and will be hoping to see his colours featured in a quick Vodacom Durban July/Sun Met double.

Marcus decided to avoid the Grade 1 Bidvest Majorca Stakes with his Grade 1 WSB Cape Fillies Guineas winner Missisippi Burning as she had drawn wide and he felt the quality of the older fillies at present would make it tough.

He said, "She is a young, lightly raced filly with a lot of ability and she might go for the Prix du Cap. But the SA Champions Season in KZN willl be her main aim as she will be able to race against her own age group. She is small but compact and is all heart."

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2 weeks 4 days ago #780265 by Sammy Silver
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DO IT AGAIN READY FOR SUN MET; RYAN MOORE CONFIRMED ON RAINBOW BRIDGE

Do It Again, described by Justin Snaith a week ago as no better than 50:50 to make the Sun Met, has made remarkable improvement and now looks like running in Saturday week’s Kenilworth highlight.

But this piece of good news has been almost totally overshadowed by the decision to jock off Gavin Lerena from last year’s winner Rainbow Bridge and fly in superstar Ryan Moore. When this broke on Saturday afternoon it was widely assumed that the horse’s owner Mike Rattray had been responsible for switching jockeys.

But Rattray explained yesterday: “I didn’t do anything. I employ my trainer to train my horses and he must make the decisions. Ryan Moore was his recommendation and I told him ‘Whatever you decide – it’s your business.’“

Sadly Rattray, whose life’s mission is to win the Durban July, does not expect to make the Met. The 87-year-old is having problems with his spine and is under doctor’s orders to take it easy.

Former champion Lerena was first booked for Rainbow Bridge when Anton Marcus, who had won the Met on him, preferred to ride Hawwaam in the Vodacom Durban July. Lerena was beaten less than half a length by Do It Again in the big one. This season Lerena has ridden the five-year-old to finish third in both the WSB Green Point and the L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate.

Eric Sands, explaining the background to the recommendation to replace Lerena, said yesterday that he had not been entirely happy with the way his horse had been ridden in his two races this season.

The decision to get a new jockey was a hard one to take, particularly as he has known Gavin and his father for decades – “But at the end of the day it was about making the right decision for the horse and so I told Gavin that I had decided to make a change. He was more understanding than I expected.”

With the doubt about Do It Again’s participation Sands spoke to Justin Snaith and Richard Fourie who rode Rainbow Bridge to win the horse’s first three races as well as last season’s Champions Cup. But the dual July winner’s recovery put paid to that.

When Sands spoke to Rattray the owner suggested Frankie Dettori – “But we couldn’t get hold of him. However I knew Jehan Malherbe had a link to Ryan Moore who is, if not the best jockey in the world, certainly one of the top four. So I spoke to Jehan about getting him.”

Lerena said yesterday: “The Met was Rainbow Bridge’s mission and to be jocked off when the horse is going over his right trip is a bitter pill to swallow. I believe he goes very well for me. He doesn’t over-race and he runs as straight as an arrow whereas he hangs with some of the other jockeys who have ridden him. All the best to Ryan – he is one of the greatest – but he doesn’t know Rainbow Bridge.”

Moore, 36, first jockey to Aidan O’Brien’s all-conquering Ballydoyle operation, has won big races all over the world including the Derby (twice), Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (twice), Melbourne Cup, Japan Cup and nine Breeders’ Cup races – but so far nothing in South Africa.Do It Again’s poor recovery from his Queen’s Plate run may have been because he is a carrier of biliary, the equine version of tick fever.

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Snaith explained: “A lot of horses in South Africa become biliary carriers after getting bitten by a tick and we now think there is a small chance that Do It Again was carrying it in when he ran in the Queen’s Plate.

“Also he is not a good doer – he just eats as much as he needs – and this is why we don’t run him a lot. But there has definitely been improvement [in the last few days] and he is now looking better than he did before the Queen’s Plate.”

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2 weeks 2 days ago #780493 by Sharky
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Sharky wrote: Doesn’t seem to be much except on ABC and the odd Sporting Post article.. wouldn’t even know it existed from outside of racing!

Would be great to get trainers comments on the well being of the Met Runners as of Wednesday (today).. as for the draws, pace, wind, luck, kak rides etc, we can decide that for ourselves but a in depth of each runner form each trainer would be great like Gosden, O’Brien, Henderson, Nichols etc give.... it’s always nice to know how healthy and well or not, the horses are doing.

Hoping for a clean race with a fair pace.. still One World for me but would love to know how he is doing back home.


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