Top jock­eys leap aboard

FI­NAL FIELD FOR THE R5M SHOW­PIECE WILL BE AN­NOUNCED TO­DAY Khu­malo se­cures ride on over­looked Made To Con­quer.

The Citizen (KZN) - - RACING EXPRESS - Ken Ni­col

The fi­nal rid­ing pic­ture for the forth­com­ing Sun Met Cel­e­brated with G.H. Mumm is be­com­ing clearer. For­mer cham­pion jockey S’manga Khu­malo be­came the lat­est to com­mit when he con­firmed he would be rid­ing trainer Justin Snaith’s Vo­da­com Dur­ban July run­ner up Made To Con­quer, who has largely been over­looked as sta­ble­mates Do It Again and Oh Su­sanna have swept all be­fore them.

Those two su­per­star run­ners will, of course, be rid­den by Richard Fourie and Bernard Fayd’Herbe re­spec­tively when they line up for Cape Town’s rac­ing show­piece, a R5-mil­lion Grade 1 con­test over 2000m on the Ke­nil­worth Sum­mer course on 26 Jan­uary.

The fourth big gun in Snaith’s pow­er­ful Met arse­nal is Dou­blemint, who will be part­nered by ev­er­green Piere Stry­dom. This im­prov­ing four-year-old colt won the Grade 2 Glo­ri­ous Good­wood Penin­su­lar Hand­i­cap on L'Or­marins Queen’s Plate day – stay­ing a lit­tle out of the bright light thrown by the fire­works in the main event.

Sec­ond in the Penin­su­lar – nabbed on the line by Dou­blemint – was Kampala Cam­pari from the in-form An­dre Nel stable. An­other out­sider in the pack with some speed about him, Kampala Cam­pari has been booked by Aldo Domeyer, while his stable com­pan­ion, Head Hon­cho, who won the Grade 2 Pre­miers Tro­phy so im­pres­sively, stays in the hands of Kea­gan de Melo.

Those are the only six jock­eys to have been of­fi­cially de­clared, but the en­gage­ment of An­ton Mar­cus for Rain­bow Bridge has been widely pub­li­cised, while Sean Tarry has been clear that cham­pion

Pic­ture: Gold Cir­cle

DARK HORSE. Made To Con­quer (left), sec­ond in the Vo­da­com Dur­ban July and cur­rently a bit over­shad­owed by sta­ble­mates, will be part­nered by S’manga Khu­malo in the Sun Met.

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