Doublemint has a strong taste for victory
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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