Durbanville will be hosting what appears a wide open and competitive looking eight race meeting this Saturday.
The Vaughan Marshall trained Lasata could be the right horse in the first race, with the son of Philanthropist having not only had the experience of two good runs under the belt, but the added bonus of a good draw of three.
He is, however, dropping back in trip on Saturday to 1250m, and will be opposed by some well bred first-timers, any of whom could well be good enough to win at first time of asking.
Just two others in the first race, All Black and Seventh Express, have raced before, and the preference would be for Seventh Express, who was not disgraced when less than seven lengths off Rock The Globe in the Klawervlei Farm Sale Stakes.
Justin Snaith will be represented by four in this race, Captain Tatters, Savvy, Themadirishsheriff and Whizzkid and riding arrangements suggest that Savvy could be the pick of his quartet. A gelded son of Querari, Captain Tatters is out of the Jallad mare Carlas Wisdom –a winner of 1200m, whose four runners to race have all won at least once.
Eric Sands has been in great form with his 2yos this season –to date of Sands’s first four 2yo runners this season, three (including Lumiere last weekend) have won. He will saddle the pricey Broadside (he cost R1 400 000 at last year’s National Sale) on Saturday, although it is perhaps worth noting that, like Savvy, Broadside has already been gelded. He is, however, bred to be quick and precocious –being a son of short-lived Equus Champion 2YO Soft Falling Rain and a half-brother to the useful Green Haze, placed in both the G2 Dingaans and Listed Gatecrasher Stakes.
Another trainer whose 2yos have done exceptionally well this season is Candice Bass-Robinson and that former July winning conditioner will be represented by the well related Snow Report on Saturday, who gets the services of Aldo Domeyer. At the time of writing, Snow Report was a 6-1 chance with World Sports Betting. The colt is a son of the former Bass trained champion What A Winter and is out of the winning Qui Danzig mare Snug As Bug, whose other foals include the durable Gauteng campaigner Brad’s Surge.
There has been little betting support for the other runner in the race, the first-timer Will Scarlett. Another by Soft Falling Rain, this colt is a ¾ brother to former Horse Of The Year and top class producer National Colour, who, like Soft Falling Rain, was sired by National Assembly.