The Mercury

Vodacom Durban July 1st declaratio­ns a hot topic


First there were 54, now there are 43 after yesterday’s first declaratio­ns for the Gr1 Vodacom Durban July.Significan­t casualties yesterday were Jet Dark and Summer Pudding who join Gr1 winners Malmoos and Captain’s Ransom on the sidelines.

Speaking to David Thiselton yesterday about Jet Dark, Snaith said, "It is his 130 merit rating which is the off putting factor for the Vodacom Durban July and I also think our next Cape Summer Season is going to be one of our best ever so I plan to race all of my top horses not more than twice in the SA Champions Season. But if Jet Dark does something phenomenal in the Gold Challenge, we might still run him in the July." Snaith has obviously made up his mind.

Jet Dark is the highest rated three-year-old in the country at present and as things stand would have had to carry 56kg in the July and would have to give the like of Linebacker (124) and Kommetdied­ing (120) 3kg apiece.

Summer Pudding

It would appear that Paul Peter has taken a similar view with Summer Pudding after her disappoint­ing effort in the Gr1 Premier’s Champions Challenge at Turffontei­n behind Got The Greenlight. It was a race run at a muddling pace but both Malmoos and Summer Pudding are probably due a lengthy break whereas Joey Soma has current ante-post favourite Got The Greenlight progressin­g towards turning the tables on Belgarion on Saturday, July 3.

Peter still has the progressiv­e filly Netta entered, winner of the recent Gerald Rosenberg Stakes and third to War Of Athena in the SA Oaks.

Belgarion takes a similar route into the VDJ as he did last year and is due to defend his title in the WSB 1900 on Sunday May 23, before going into the big one.

Snaith still holds six entries including dual VDJ winner Do It Again who is due to possibly contest a Pinnacle Stakes in his warm-up to the VDJ where his merit rating will not be affected, win lose or draw.

 ?? Picture: Candiese Lenferna ?? The Eric Sands-Trained Rainbow Bridge
Picture: Candiese Lenferna The Eric Sands-Trained Rainbow Bridge

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from South Africa