The leading Summerveld-based Vodacom July contenders put up sparkling gallops at Hollywoodbets Greyville yesterday and the race favourite Got The Greenlight also looked in fine fettle when doing his official July gallop at Turffontein.
Topweight Rainbow Bridge was the first out at Hollywoodbets Greyville at roundabout 7:00 a.m. and it was clear once again that he is in the form of his life. The Eric Sands-trained Ideal World gelding, once known to be bit “hot”, was beautifully relaxed in the parade ring and in the gallop with a companion. He strode out superbly without being asked to do a lot by Luke Ferraris, and he could not have blown out a candle afterwards.
The Vaughnan Marshall-trained pair were out next and as Rascallion likes to take a hold Sean Veale allowed him to stride out in front. Grant van Niekerk was content to sit a few lengths back aboard Linebacker, who has a fine temperament and a magnificent action. Linebacker displayed his effortless turn of foot to join Rascallion in the straight and they went to the line striding out superbly with the latter marginally ahead. However, Van Niekerk confirmed afterwards Linebacker did not give much away in work but it is a different story at the races.
Later, the Justin Snaith-trained dual July winner Do It Again worked with a companion and put up what many pundits rated the best gallop of the morning. He showed a fine turn of foot at the top of the straight and the big horse then displayed his magnificent athletic action under Richard Fourie to the few spectators who were allowed in under the Covid-19 restrictions.
Last year’s winner, the Snaith-trained Belgarion, also put in a fine gallop on his own under S’Manga Khumalo and stable companions Crown Towers and Nexus later strode out well under Richard Fourie (substituting for the absent Luyola Mxothwa) and Craig Zackey respectively.
Snaith’s contenders look to be peaking at the right time.
The popular Harold Crawford and Michelle Rix-trained Kommetdieding is not as imposing as his three-year-old contemporaries Linebacker and Rascallion but has a fine action and displayed it yesterday morning on his own under Gavin Lerena.
KZN’s chief hope the Gareth van Zyl-trained She’s A Keeper strode out very well on her own under Warren Kennedy and the Alyson Wright-trained KZN hope Matterhorn thundered down the straight looking in fine fettle under Serino Moodley.
The Tony Rivalland-trained KZN hope Tristful was not asked to a lot by Callan Murray but strode out well.
Sovereign Spirit put in pleasing work with a companion under Keagan de Melo and Candice Bass-Robinson is sure to keep up the yard’s reputation of having a July contender at his absolute peak on the big day.
In Johannesburg Got The Greenlight, ExpressfromtheUS, Johnny Hero, Shah Akbar, Cirillo, Running Brave and second reserve Shango strode out as well as one would expect for VDJ runners at this time of their respective preparations.
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