‘Race of the Cen­tury’ seems over the top, un­til you look at the field

Business Day - - Sport - David Mol­lett Rac­ing Writer

“It’s his first real test, but we’re con­fi­dent he’s up to the task.”

So said Colin Gor­don, rac­ing man­ager for the late Chris Ger­ber, re­gard­ing Rain­bow Bridge’s prospects in Satur­day’s grade 2 Green Point Stakes at Ke­nil­worth. The Sport­ing Post bills it the “Race Of The Cen­tury”— a bit far-fetched, but this six-horse field sim­ply oozes qual­ity with Sean Tarry’s cham­pion Le­gal Ea­gle bid­ding to win the 1,600m con­test three times in a row. But the Rain­bow Bridge camp clearly feel the younger horse can top­ple Le­gal Ea­gle, who is now seven and has had to travel to the Cape. Al­though Rain­bow Bridge is un­beaten in five starts, Satur­day’s race is a dif­fer­ent ket­tle of fish to tak­ing on the likes of Sil­ver Maple, who the four-yearold de­feated in Novem­ber. The bet­ting mar­ket sug­gests we have a two-horse race on our hands, yet that is far from the case as the line-up also in­cludes last sea­son’s Vo­da­com July win­ner Do It Again and Brett Craw­ford’s tal­ented Cap­tain Al colt, Un­der­cover Agent. The spon­sors, World Sports Bet­ting, are of­fer­ing 13-8 for Do It Again to fin­ish in the first three, a pos­si­bil­ity — as Justin Snaith com­mented on Tel­ly­track in Novem­ber, the July hero was “jump­ing out of his skin”.

It also counts in Do It Again’s favour that his pi­lot is Richard Fourie, who is rid­ing the crest of a mount Again’s wave The at field and just sta­ble­mate is the will made right pro­duce up time. by Cop­per Do his It

Force been sta­ble trans­ferred and to that Hat Pun­tano of from Joe Rams­den. the who Azzie has The one book­ies of this duo will wins be pray­ing — it seems that as Brexit un­likely sit­u­a­tion. as a res­o­lu­tion to the Fourie has a chance of land­ing a fea­ture dou­ble as his mount, Strath­don, will be one of the lead­ing fan­cies for the grade 3 Cape Sum­mer Stay­ers Hand­i­cap over 2,500m. A five-year-old son of Sil­vano, Strath­don will be sharper for a re­cent out­ing over 2,000m and may have most to fear from Lyle He­wit­son ’ s mount, Gimme One Night, and an­other of Sil­vano’s prog­eny, Ol­li­van­der. The Vaal hosts its third meet­ing of the week on Satur­day with a match race be­tween Tsit­sikamma Dance and Dan The Lad with the win­ner pock­et­ing R250,000. To be hon­est, this 1,475m race hardly gets the pulses rac­ing and the most likely out­come is a win for Ash­ley For­tune’s which Tyme chances. Old A Man bet­ter and Palace Tyme Gavin Tsit­sikamma Oravar race Chapel, over Ler­ena is have the this sec­ond, Dance. Old win­ning won course Man on in and looks with dis­tance an­other sig­nif­i­cant in three-year-old Novem­ber, that he stays but he it has Mike won on, and Palace Adam Chapel. Azzie will fancy Palace Chapel turn­ing as the their ta­bles rep­re­sen­ta­tive, on the year-older Oravar, is 4kg bet­ter off com­pared to their clash three weeks ago. What­ever her fate in the match race, Ash­ley For­tune will fancy her chances of win­ning the sixth race with her con­sis­tent five-year-old, Verdier. Bred at Vars­fontein Stud, the Var geld­ing has paid his way this year and looks ready for a third ca­reer win. The swinger with Luke Fer­raris’ mount Big Voice Jack could be a good wager in this race. In the eighth race, For­tune runs an­other use­ful sort in Mount Keith who has a shout of top­pling the likely favourite, State Trooper.

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