Pack Leader loves the African Night Sky

Elu­sive Silva is up­set ma­te­rial

Sowetan - - Dipapadi - By Rac­ing Ed­i­tor

The KwaZulu-Natal fea­ture race sea­son re­sumes at Greyville to­mor­row, in what prom­ises to be a smash­ing meet­ing head­lined by the World Sports Bet­ting 1900 (Grade 2) on the Turf track. Ten of the 13-horses carded will be gun­ning for a spot in this year’s Vo­da­com Dur­ban July, run July 7. Fol­low­ing a stel­lar per­for­mance in The Sledge­ham­mer (Listed) over 1800m when beaten by the whisker mar­gin of 0.05 lengths into sec­ond place by Head Hon­cho – Pack Leader ap­pears the right horse to back in this event. Con­sid­er­ing he was in­con­ve­nienced by the win­ner at the 400m marker, forc­ing jockey Richard Fourie to ease him, it is safe to say he was ex­tremely un­lucky not win. In his defence, Pack Leader was also re­turn­ing from a three-month stint off the race­track and should strip a lot fit­ter. He should ben­e­fit from the ex­tra 100m and an ad­van­ta­geous No 4 draw – ex­pect mas­sive im­prove­ment. “He is def­i­nitely work­ing like a win­ner,” said trainer Glen Kotzen when dis­cussing the colt’s chances. Pack Leader is cur­rently trad­ing at a valu­able 4-1, fur­ther ce­ment­ing the fact that this race is wide open. Justin Snaith-trained Elu­sive Silva fin­ished 3.50 lengths be­hind Pack Leader last time. A de­cent ef­fort con­sid­er­ing he was trail­ing at the 400m marker – mak­ing up im­pres­sive ground over the last 200m, de­spite re­turn­ing from a three-month rest. Trainer Justin Snaith con­firmed the five-year-old Sil­vano geld­ing was do­ing very well at home. “If he over­comes the draw (No 13) he should be in the first four,” he said. Per­haps take Swingers and boxed Ex­ac­tas fea­tur­ing the pair. Win­ter Se­ries win­ner and 8-1 sec­ond favourite for the July African Night Sky could prove too good for ri­vals in Race 7, the Solid Speed (2016) Pin­na­cle Stakes over 1600m on the Turf de­spite re­turn­ing from a 112-day lay-off. Grant van Niek­erk will ride and his ex­pe­ri­ence should help the geld­ing over­come the No 7 draw in this 10-horse field.


Pack Leader is great value for money at Greyville when he contests the World Sports Bet­ting 1900 (Grade 2) to­mor­row. /

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