7 Linebacker

Trainer Vaughan Marshall, seeking his first ever victory in the Vodacom Durban July, will have been delighted by the outcome of the draw for barrier positions. With Rascallion in gate 6 and Linebacker drawn alongside in gate 7, the pair should enjoy the run of the race and have every chance of achieving a positive outcome. Linebacker is unbeaten in 2021 with victories in the Gr 1 Cape Derby, the Gr 2 World Sports Betting Guineas and the Gr 1 Daily News boosting his CV to the status of a Champion. While Linebacker has yet to be tested against his older rivals, there is enough evidence to suggest that the current crop of 3yo’s are well above the average and, with just 53 kgs to shoulder, Linebacker will be one of the favourites to land the lion’s share of the stake.