Dees pre­dicts a two-horse race

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TELETRACK TV tip­ster Dees Dayanand, pic­tured, be­lieves this July will be a two-horse race be­tween the best 3-yearolds in the coun­try.

“Al Sa­hem is a big run­ner for me. Cham­pion trainer Sean Tarry has shat­tered all records with over R30 mil­lion in stakes and there’s still a month to go be­fore the sea­son ends – a re­mark­able achieve­ment.

“His charge has had a tough Highveld campaign, run­ning in all three legs of the Triple Crown but con­firmed his well­be­ing when fin­ish­ing sec­ond in the Daily News 2000.

“The SA Derby win­ner is drawn one and that’s my only con­cern.

“The first 400m of the July can ei­ther make or break your race and from draw one, you need to jump, keep up with the fran­tic early pace and hold your po­si­tion. If things don’t go the way of the horse and jockey from that draw, then El Sa­hem will more than likely be shuf­fled back on the in­side run­ning rail and could find it­self in a hope­less po­si­tion turn­ing into the home straight.

“The tal­ented Smanga Khu­malo is the right man for the job and Al Sa­hem is a se­ri­ous race­horse. If things go ac­cord­ing to plan, he’ll win.

“My other fancy is Edict of Nantes. Trainer Brett Craw­ford is hav­ing the sea­son of his dreams, win­ning the Sun Met, SA Derby, Daily News 2000, Woolav­ing­ton 2000 and the Ris­ing Sun Gold Chal­lenge.

“That’s five Grade 1 races in six months, The son of Count Dubois has al­ways been highly rated and he’s ma­tured into a smash­ing in­di­vid­ual. For his win in the Daily News, he’s 0.5kg worse off at the weights with Al Sa­hem and that could be the de­cid­ing fac­tor over the fi­nal 200m.

“Bar­rier po­si­tion 13 could be ideal as you are away from the fight to your in­side and only have five horses to your out­side to keep a close eye on.

“An­ton Mar­cus’s choice of ride with 54kg de­mands the ut­most re­spect and to­gether with Stry­dom and Delpech, he will be vy­ing for a record five wins.”

Dayanand’s se­lec­tion of the first four past the post is: 12/13/10/11

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