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2 weeks 1 day ago #757461 by Dave Scott
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Lets be honest, there is something special about the July.
People start discussing well in advance as opposed to other SA races.
You are guaranteed a full house.
This years race does look rather special and this Handicap could be a cracker.

The only question i have is, who will be in the final field ( we will have the normal good and hard luck stories) but i am referring to all the big guns at the top of the betting boards.
I see the MDK champ keeps getting nibbles although Mike says not part of his mission, where is BBCody , Do it Again ( have heard maybe another mission) Rainbow Ridge ( defiantly the plan)

Ok guys lets spill the beans, who knows what ??

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2 weeks 1 day ago #757462 by Bob Brogan
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Not long to wait , entries next week

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2 weeks 1 day ago #757465 by Biggie626
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My prediction in the next 4-5 years
:blink: :dry: a WYLIE HALL baby will win

WYLIE'S REVENGE

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2 weeks 1 day ago #757468 by bayern
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Must admit I find the will he, won't he run Hawwaam in the July very strange. Surely missing the Derby is not the over-arching factor of whether this horse goes overseas before the July or after the July, if that is indeed the plan?

Guessing has never been widely acclaimed as a good gambling strategy

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2 weeks 1 day ago #757475 by Saint Tropez
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Will Greyville suite Hawwaam's style of running, with it's short run in personally don't think so

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2 weeks 1 day ago #757481 by Bob Brogan
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Marinaresco and Do It Again both have similar run styles to Hawwaam

Slow away and need restraining

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2 weeks 1 day ago #757494 by Dave Scott
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Been on road today but understand Snaith told Goodman on WW that Do It Again big runner so thats one question answered

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2 weeks 1 day ago #757495 by Dave Scott
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From TAB

Star colt Hawwaam, who missed the recent Grade 1 SA Derby after he got a fright and bolted from the parade ring, is on target to race in the R4-million Premiers Champion Challenge over 2000m on 4 May at Turffontein.


Twenty-two entries have been received for the race, including Hawwaam’s Mike de Kock-trained stable mates Soqrat, Cascapedia, Barahin and Noble Secret – with other established names like Legal Eagle, Made To Conquer and Tilbury Fort also among the nominations.

Assistant trainer Mathew de Kock commented on Wednesday: “Hawwaam is being pointed at the Champions Challenge and then we’ll make a decision on his next race, which could possibly be the Daily News. We’ll be entering him for the Durban July, but he is not certain to run there.

“Our July horse at this point is Barahin, who may go into the big race via the Jubilee Handicap, he may not be ready for the Daily News. But we’ll play it by ear, we’ll see how things go.” – www.mikedekockracing.com

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2 weeks 1 day ago #757499 by Craig Pienaar
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Doublemint will win the July , starting to play my doubles from now till the big day :woohoo: :woohoo:

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2 weeks 22 hours ago #757513 by Sharky
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So far I like Chimes. I think he will come in with a low weight and hopefully is sound and being prepped maybe for a Guineas Daily News July 3 run strategy based in Durban and not raiding.. lots of value this year.

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2 weeks 11 hours ago #757526 by MasterOfMyFate
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The big two and Arch-Rivals Do it Again and Rainbow bridge for me. They are a level above the rest. Don't think Hawwaam will run. Start taking bets onto them from now. They won't be 6/1 and 7/1 come race day.

Also both confirmed that the July is their main missions respectively.
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2 weeks 9 hours ago #757528 by Frodo
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Still a bit of a guessing game as to who will run ..... I think the big thing to remember is that this is a handicap (and yes I know Marinaresco managed to defy top weight), so there are bound to be a few in the race who will be much better weighted than the 'best' horses - for me I have been having a few Rand here and there on Double Mint - still at an attractive 14/1 and IF he ends up in the final field, he will be at most half those odds :unsure:

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2 weeks 9 hours ago #757531 by naresh
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Source: www.goldcircle.co.za/do-it-again-to-defends-july-crown/

Do It Again to defends July crown
Published: 11 April 2019
Do It Again was magnificent as a three-year-old and has developed into a monster of a horse this season. The gelding is likely to have a titanic clash...
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Justin Snaith confirmed yesterday Do It Again’s SA Champions Season priority would be the defence of his Vodacom Durban July crown.

He is also looking forward to reigning Equus Horse Of The Year Oh Susanna’s raid of Turffontein on Saturday for the Grade 1 HSH Princess Charlene Empress Club Stakes over 1600m.

Do It Again was magnificent as a three-year-old and has developed into a monster of a horse this season. The Twice Over gelding is likely to have a titanic clash with his arch rival Rainbow Bridge in the July and the outcome will almost certainly decide this season’s Horse Of The Year title. Rainbow Bridge’s chief Champions Season target became a forgone conclusion when purchased in training by owning and breeding doyen Mike Rattray, whose lifelong dream has been to win South Africa’s greatest race.

Snaith’s only uncertainty at present is whether Do It Again will have a pipe opening run in the Drill Hall Stakes on Champions Season opening night, Friday May 4. His definite targets are the Grade 1 wfa Rising Sun Gold Challenge and the July.

There will also be an Equus Award-deciding clash of the titans in the Rising Sun between Do It Again and Soqrat. Do It Again is in pole position to be named Equus Champion Miler, being the winner of the Grade 1 L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate and the Grade 2 Green Point Stakes. However, Soqrat was a narrow runner up in the Queen’s Plate and has won two Grade 1 miles, the Cape Guineas and the wfa HF Oppenheimer Horse Chestnut Stakes. Their Rising Sun clash on June 8 will likely decide the Miler award.

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Snaith said Do It again had been doing very well since arriving at Summerveld.

He also has high hopes for his other two July candidates, Doublemint and Magnificent Seven, and was particularly bullish about the latter.

He said, “They are both well weighted and I intend keeping them well weighted. Doublemint is doing well and will likely run in the WSB 1900. Magnificent Seven has an 80% chance of going in that race but I might try and find something a bit further, as he is better over more ground. He is an all rounder and is doing really well. He has taken to Durban like a duck to water. They are two dark horses, but won’t be dark horses come race time. Magnificent Seven’s current July price is particularly ridiculous.”

In the WSB July book Do It Again is 15/2, Doublemint is 14/1 and Magnificent Seven is 55/1.

Magnificent Seven won the Grade 2 New Turf Carriers Stayers over 2850m on Sun Met day. However, Snaith said the winner of this race was always severely punished, so he was viewing the Gold Cup as a bonus race to be considered later. Magnificent Seven received eight points for that win and went to 104, the same rating as Doublemint.

Snaith said a stayer to watch out for though would be Strathdon, “He is going to be a big runner in the Champions Season staying races.”

He said raiding Johannesburg with Oh Susanna would be possible from Summerveld. However, he wondered whether she had been at Summerveld for long enough to be able to deal with the altitude factor. Summerveld is approximately a third of the altitude of Jo’burg, but she has only been there since March 23. He said, “Her work has been phenomenal, although there has been a lot of rain, so she did miss two days work. Her run in the Met can be ignored as she was carved up and returned lame with slices on her back legs.” He was not concerned about the over-racing antics she has displayed in recent starts. He pointed out the pace of races in Johannesburg was generally fast enough.

Oh Susanna’s program after Saturday is still in the air.

Kasimir will start fast work next week at Summerveld and Snaith might look for a warm up race before running him in the Grade 1 Mercury Sprint on July 27.

He said Silver Maple was nicely handicapped. He said if he ran well in his opening race the Tsogo Sun Sprint would then be targeted. He said, “I saved him for the Durban season.”

He continued, “Juniper Spring is a very nice three-year-old sprinter who will get a three-year-old allowance in the Poinsettia and this will be a very nice race for her. If all goes well there she will go for the SA Fillies Sprint.”

He said, “Snowdance will also go for the SA Fillies Sprint. The Queen’s Plate took a lot out of her so I rested her after the Majorca and now have her the best I have had her since her three-year-old season. She has been unlucky and is not done yet.”

Snaith then spoke about his three-year-olds, “Bunker Hunt will only come into his own over 2000m, so he will need the outing in the KRA Guineas and then be ready for the Daily News where he could be competitive.

Madonna will run in the East Cape Oaks and if she runs well she will go for the Woolavington 2000.

Silvano’s Pride ran a good race in the Umzimkhulu as she is not a 1400m horse. She had it all to do and was on the wrong leg the whole way in her first try at a right hand track so under the circumstances it was a good effort to finish a close third. She can’t carry on doing it the hard way from the front though, so I want to try and teach her to settle.”

Snaith said he had his best ever two-year-old crop and had brought some of them to KZN. He said the best of them would avoid the Scottsville Festival Of Speed meeting and go for the big Greyville two-year-old features.

By David Thiselton


Source: www.goldcircle.co.za/do-it-again-to-defends-july-crown/

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2 weeks 9 hours ago #757532 by naresh
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www.sportingpost.co.za/2019/04/gr1-champ...llenge-2019-entries/

Star colt Hawwaam, who missed the recent Gr1 SA Derby after he got a fright and bolted from the parade ring, is on target to race in the R4-million Premiers Champion Challenge over 2000m on 4 May at Turffontein.


Twenty-two entries have been received for the race, including Hawwaam’s Mike de Kock-trained stablemates Soqrat, Cascapedia, Barahin and Noble Secret – with other established names like Legal Eagle, Made To Conquer and Tilbury Fort also among the nominations.

Assistant trainer Mathew de Kock commented on Wednesday:

“Hawwaam is being pointed at the Champions Challenge and then we’ll make a decision on his next race, which could possibly be the Daily News. We’ll be entering him for the Durban July, but he is not certain to run there.

“Our July horse at this point is Barahin, who may go into the big race via the Jubilee Handicap, he may not be ready for the Daily News. But we’ll play it by ear, we’ll see how things go.”

Third entries for the Champions Challenge close at 09h00 on Friday 26 April.

Weights will be published that same day.

Final declarations on Monday 29 April.

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2 weeks 8 hours ago #757536 by Bob Brogan
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Strange did the Snaith’s not say he wouldn’t defend?

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2 weeks 8 hours ago #757537 by Dave Scott
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After all the various comments interesting to see HAWWAAM backed into joint fav?

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1 week 2 days ago #758098 by Muhtiman
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....has just been announced on TT....:unsure:

My idea of "help from above" is a sniper on the roof
and a higher power is a hell fire missile armed drone.

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1 week 1 day ago #758122 by Sammy Silver
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HEAD HONCHO my selection for the July.

Taken some of the 16-1 available!

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