Jack Milner: Top three-year-olds and brilliant milers permeate Sunday’s Hollywoodbets Greyville card with the running of three Grade 1 races – The Daily News 2000, the Woolavington 2000 and the Hollywoodbets Gold Challenge.
The Daily News 2000 brings together some of the best in the age-group from all over the country and the top two in the betting – Golden Ducat and Got The Greenlight – are both Grade 1 winners. They are supported by two Grade 2 champions in Dingaans winner Shango and Guineas winner Wild Coast.
Got The Greenlight has a lot on his favour in that he has won the Grade 1 Premier’s Champions Stakes last season from a very wide draw at Greyville and his style of running is very suited to the course. He teams up again up with Bernard Fayd’Herbe, who rode him to victory in the Grade 1 SA Classic at Turffontein in March and he will be a tough horse to beat.
Shango did touch him off in the SA Derby over 2450m but Joe Soma’s runner did not have the best of passages and probably did not really see out the distance. Shango did enough in that race to show he has a lot more to offer and it would be surprise if he did not contest the finish.
While a lot of people are expressing confidence about Cape Derby winner Golden Ducat’s chances after his third in the Guineas at Greyville, it is worth noting that Wild Coast came from behind him at the 400m and was actually going away.
This son of much-loved mare Beach Beauty could do so again.
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