Jack Milner: The question now on many people’s lips after Do It Again won the R4.25-million Vodacom Durban July on Saturday for the second successive year is: could he become the first horse in the history of the Greyville race over 2200m, to make it three in a row.
“If he does,” quipped joint owner Bernard Kantor, “we might have to change the name of his sire from Twice Over to Thrice Over.”
Do It Again became the fifth horse since the race was first run in 1897, to do the double.
It was a magnificent performance from the four-year-old gelding who was quite correctly described by trainer Justin Snaith as one of the greats of South African racing.
Unfortunately, the race was marred when Hawwaam, who had been a gentleman through the build up to the race, played up as he went into the stalls, hurting his left hind leg and was withdrawn by the vet.
“Under the circumstances the vet did the right thing,” said trainer Mike de Kock. “But I don’t want this story to grab the headlines and detract from the brilliant victory of Do It Again.”
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