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Just nine runners are set to face the starter in the Listed Settlers Trophy at Durbanville this Saturday.
The field for the 2400m contest are dominated by trainers Justin Snaith and Candice Bass-Robinson, who between them are set to yield five runners.

Log leading trainer Justin Snaith looks to have a strong hand in the R150 000 Listed feature, with Snaith set to saddle both top weight Master’s Eye and the very progressive Magnificent Seven. The latter, who gets the services of the red hot rider Richard Fourie, has done nothing wrong and comes into the Settlers having won four of his last five starts –and last time out beat Benjan (whom he meets here 1.5kgs worse off) by a length and a quarter.
Drawn at pole position on Saturday, the Horse Chestnut gelding is trying the 2400m trip for a first time.

His stable mate Master’s Eye, by far the highest rated horse in the race with a merit rating of 102, has to shoulder a hefty 65kgs (no easy task over 2400m!) and is having his first race since finishing second over 1800m at Kenilworth back in July. Something of a bridesmaid, he has won just three of 29 races, but has placed in no fewer than eight feature races and is the class act in the race.

Red Peril, the surprise front running winner of last year’s Settlers Trophy, has not won since landing last year’s contest and was beaten more than 12 lengths last time out by Magnificent Seven (the latter is receives half a kilo from Red Peril on Saturday).

Benjan, third in the 2017 Settlers Trophy, is one of three runners to represent the Candice Bass-Robinson yard. Better off with Magnificent Seven for the pair’s previous meeting, the Fort Wood gelding is yet to win at Durbanville in six outings and, in fact, has not won a race since April 2017.

His stable mate, the progressive 4yo Ballad Of The Sea, was third to the very impressive Doublemint in the G3 Highlands Stud Winter Derby last season, and the son of Teofilo looks a big runner on Saturday –although he is making his first start since his Derby effort back in July.

Pacific Chestnut appears the third string to the Bass-Robinson bow, having finished ten lengths back in the Winter Derby last time out and he has just a maiden win to his name.

Woodland’s Forest is a whooping 7.5kgs better off for his 7.75l beating by Sister Soozie last time out and would have a place chance if repeating his efforts behind the likes of Kinaan and Strathdon last season.

The lowly rated Sister Soozie takes a stiff jump in class but does have a win over the course and distance to her name, while The Silva Fox, despite being just a one time winner, has a fair record over the course and distance himself –having finished second all three times he has attempted the trip.  He meets Sister Soozie on 0.5kgs worse terms for a 2.75 length defeat and on that looks held by his paternal half-sister.

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