The winner of the R2-million, Grade 1 Daily News 2000, Rabada, that was also just touched off by hot Vodacom Durban July fancy Black Arthur in the Canon Guineas, is among the 10 runners that will compete in the R1-million KwaZulu-Natal Breeders Million Mile at Greyville Racecourse on Sunday.
The Mike Azzie-trained Brave Tin Soldier colt, that is also among the entries for the country’s premier event on July 2, takes on some top horses in this annual event sponsored by the KZN Breeders Club and on his form is likely to start favourite for the 1 600m clash.
Topping the weights is the Garth Puller-trained Mogok gelding Way Of Light, winner of the Sledgehammer at Scottsville while Rabada will give 1.5kg to the well-performed and gutsy six-year-old gelding from the Gavin van Zyl stable No Worries.
The son of Kahal is better suited to a longer trip having won the Highland Night Cup over 2 400m and taken third place behind Balance Sheet last time out in the Lonsdale Stirrup Cup over the same distance. However, he is a strong galloper and will not be without a chance on Sunday.
Also taking his place is the four-year-old Western Winter gelding Roy’s Winter Patch from the Dennis Drier stable that has won his last two starts and the three-year-old Sean Tarry-trained King’s Chapel colt Malak El Moolook that is better than his recent form might suggest.
Tarry also runs the three-year-old Kahal filly Intergalactic that was only beaten 1.4 lengths by top Cape filly Inara at Turffontein.
All the races at the meeting on Sunday are confined to horses registered as being KZN-Bred and the eight other events on the card over distances from 1 200m to 1 900m will each carry a stake of R200 000.