The Grade 3 World Sports Betting Cup Trial is the traditional last chance saloon for runners trying to make the 18-horse field for the Vodacom Durban July. The race will be run at Hollywoodbets Scottsville for the first time on Saturday, July 4 and all 12 runners are entries into the big race which makes for added ‘needle’.
Justin Snaith already has three runners in the VDJ and will be hoping Nexus and Magnificent Seven can add to his already strong hand in the big race. Nexus won well first time back from a break.
He is well suited to this trip, has a handy galloping weight and looks primed for this race. Glen Kotzen saddles Herodotus who had his warm-up in the WSB 1900 behind Belgarion. He needed his last run from a wide draw and has been feature placed. At best he should be concerned in the finish.
Kotzen has a second entry in Pack Leader. GG’s Dynasty and Born To Perform have met on a number of occasions and both are course specialists. However, both will need to put in their best if they are to have a chance of making the VDJ field.
Magnificent Seven, who has not raced for over a year, and Flamboyant Stakes winner Roy’s Riviera are among the top five borderline entries on the official VDJ log.