Dou­blemint has a strong taste for vic­tory

The Citizen (KZN) - - Racing Express - Jack Mil­ner

Justin Snaith holds a strong hand with three run­ners in the Grade 2 New Turf Car­ri­ers West­ern Cape Stay­ers over 2800m to­mor­row but the best of these has to be Dou­blemint.

This five-year-old son of Twice Over showed his well-be­ing with a win in the Grade 3 Chair­man’s Cup over 2500m just three weeks ago.

He meets eight of those who ran be­hind him then in the Cape Stay­ers and with the ex­cep­tion of Atyaab and Tap O’ Noth, Dou­blemint is bet­ter off at the weights. He will have no prob­lem with the dis­tance and de­serves to be favourite for this race.

One run­ner weighted to beat him is Gold Cup (Grade 3) win­ner Dy­nasty’s Blos­som. Dou­blemint ran third in the Gold Cup, beaten 1.20 lengths. They meet at the same weight dif­fer­en­tial so on pa­per, she should beat him again.

She has joined the Brett Craw­ford yard since then and has had two warm-up races over 1800m. Craw­ford has en­gaged Ryan Moore for the ride and that could in­di­cate a big run is ex­pected.

An­other well-weighted run­ner is Kam­pala Cam­pari. He beat Dou­blemint by 1.90 lengths when win­ning the Grade 3 Cup Trial over 1800m at Greyville in July and is now 2.5kg bet­ter off. He is also 3kg bet­ter off with Strath­don on their run in the Woolav­ing­ton Cup over 2400m at Ke­nil­worth in Novem­ber in which Kam­pala Cam­pari was beaten 0.95 lengths by Snaith’s charge.

Atyaab fin­ished 2.70 lengths be­hind Dou­blemint last time but he ran in patches and will have blink­ers fit­ted for this race. Mike de Kock’s charge is now 0.5kg bet­ter off.

Tap O’ Noth is a for­mer Grade 1 Cape Guineas win­ner but also ran third in the Grade 1 Daily News 2000 in 2018 be­hind Sur­charge (now known as Yu­long Prince and is win­ning in Aus­tralia) and Ma­jes­tic Mambo (now run­ning in Dubai). He ran on well be­hind Dou­blemint last time and is 1kg bet­ter off. He could run a lot closer.

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