Rain­bow ready to shine

Weekend Post (South Africa) - - Horse Racing -

ONLY six run­ners are carded go to post in the Grade 2 Green Point Stakes over 1 600m at Ke­nil­worth to­day, but that doesn’t stop it be­ing the race of the sea­son so far in terms of qual­ity.

Un­de­feated Rain­bow Bridge would be a wafer-thin first choice.

While he is yet to meet a truly top-class field, he has long given the im­pres­sion of be­ing some­thing very spe­cial, and his lat­est easy win in the Cape Mile was per­haps his most im­pres­sive yet.

Un­der the race con­di­tions he re­ceives 2kg from his pri­mary ri­vals and his late-closing style will be a very good fit with the longer run in of the Ke­nil­worth Sum­mer course which he ex­pe­ri­ences for the first time.

Mul­ti­ple Equus Horse-Of-TheYear Le­gal Ea­gle of course needs no in­tro­duc­tion, and is also ‘un­de­feated’ - in nine starts over the 1 600m.

So some­thing is go­ing to give. He cracked his maiden over this trip in March 2015, and has since added six Grade 1s, as well as win­ning this race in good style for the past two years en route to the L’Or­marins Queen’s Plate.

He has just sen­sa­tion­ally scored his first-ever sprint vic­tory at the age of seven, so any idea the vet­eran cham­pion is in de­cline can be swiftly con­signed to the dust­bin. He Is not go­ing to sur­ren­der his crown with­out an almighty strug­gle.

Four-year-old Un­der­cover Agent won the Grade 1 Gold Chal­lenge at Greyville in June con­vinc­ingly, and also scored an ul­tra-mer­i­to­ri­ous win over a strong Pin­na­cle Plate field of top sprint­ers in his come­back a month ago.

The suc­ces­sor to now re­tired Brett Craw­ford star mil­ers Cap­tain Amer­ica and Sail South needs to be taken ex­tremely se­ri­ously, and would be no kind of sur­prise win­ner.

Vo­da­com July hero Do It Again adds fur­ther spice to the mix. While most will see him as bet­ter over fur­ther, he has won twice over this trip, in­clud­ing the Grade 2 KZN Guineas in May where, as now, he was racing fresh.

In the sup­port­ing Grade 2 South­ern Cross for fe­males over 1000m Candice Bass-Robinson seems to hold all the aces. She fields Mag­i­cal Won­der­land, Free­dom Char­ter, and ex­cit­ing three­year-old sprinter Nous Voila.

The young­ster, car­ry­ing 55kg with An­ton Mar­cus up, could be the run­ner they all have to beat.

Best bet of the day has to be Snow­dance. Twice a Grade 1 win­ner at this track, she makes her sea­sonal de­but as a fouryear-old in a Pin­na­cle Stakes fol­low­ing a slightly dis­ap­point­ing win­ter cam­paign in Dur­ban.

Well treated at the weights and well suited by this 1 400m, she should have too much fire­power.

Al­though the likes of Elu­sive Heart, Love To Boo­gie and Good­time Gal are no slouches, they will likely have to set­tle for mi­nor money on this oc­ca­sion. –

Pic­ture: JC Pho­to­graph­ics

Le­gal Ea­gle and new-kid-on-the-block Rain­bow Bridge will face off in the Grade 2 Green Point Stakes over 1 600m at Ke­nil­worth to­day.

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