Rain­bow Bridge hunts Cape pot of gold

Business Day - - SPORT - David Mol­lett Rac­ing Writer

Rain­bow Bridge, who races in the colours of Chris Ger­ber who died last week, will bid to main­tain his un­beaten record when he runs in the R150,000 Cape Mile at Ke­nil­worth on Sun­day.

Ger­ber s big wish was to win the Dur­ban July and, iron­i­cally, Rain­bow Bridge could be headed for that race if he builds on his ex­cel­lent runs to date.

The son of Ideal World won his last start at Dur­banville in Oc­to­ber with Bernard Fayd’ Herbe in the sad­dle.

He re­tains the ride in Sun­day’s 1,600m con­test.

Fayd’Herbe can ex­pect a strong chal­lenge from the top­weight Eyes Wide Open. This Dy­nasty colt, trained by Glen Kotzen, makes his first start of the new sea­son. Cham­pion trainer Justin Snaith sad­dles four run­ners from his pow­er­ful yard with Lyle He­wit­son booked for four-year-old Sil­ver Maple.

A R1m son of Sil­vano, the geld­ing also won his last start at Dur­banville and should go well from a favourable draw.

The sixth race on the Ke­nil­worth card, the Lais­ser­faire Stakes over 1,100m, is likely to see Magic Won­der­land sent off favourite. How­ever, this tal­ented filly from the sta­ble of Candice Bass-Robin­son is lum­bered with 64.5kg and it may be best to look else­where for the win­ner.

Pos­si­ble win­ners in­clude Den­nis Drier’s mare An­ime, Glen Kotzen’s Osti­nato and Too Phat To Fly and Ca­sual Di­a­mond whom Richard Fourie will part­ner for Snaith.

At the bot­tom of the weights, a run­ner worth in­clud­ing in quar­tet bets is Straat-Kind, who was beaten in a photo-fin­ish last time out.

There is a nine-race pro­gramme at Turf­fontein on Satur­day and trainer Candice Daw­son can go close in the fourth race with Jame­son Girl. With ap­pren­tice Dy­lan Ler­ena claim­ing his al­lowance, she will carry the feath­er­weight of 49.5kg the low­est she has yet.

The op­po­si­tion in­cludes some use­ful fe­males in­clud­ing Guns And Roses, Mrs O and Vivir. The last-named has won two of her five starts.

Gavin Ler­ena is an eye­catch­ing book­ing for Ken­tucky Blue in the fi­nal leg of the Pick 6.

Per­fect Ti­gress will have her sup­port­ers but she is 9kg out at weight-for-age with Ken­tucky Blue, who rates a banker bet.

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