Marinaresco (blinkers) is just beaten in the Durban July (image: Gold Circle)
Preview: South Africa, Sunday
Greyville: Mike And Carol Bass Champions Cup (Grade 1) 1m 1f, turf, 3-y-o+
MARINARESCO (Mike Bass/Grant van Niekerk) is hot favourite to provide a memorable swansong for his Leicester-born trainer who retires at the end of the day. The race (4.05) has been renamed in honour of Bass and his wife. His three-year-old, winner of Cape Town’s Winter Guineas and Winter Classic, only just failed in the Durban July over two furlongs further here four weeks ago, coming with a tremendous run from near last turning for home to be beaten a neck by The Conglomerate.
Candice Bass-Robinson, who takes over from her father, said: “He has been doing well but we have to hope for a bit of luck because we have again got a bad draw and we have to drop him out – he just doesn’t race up with the pace.”
St Tropez (Joey Ramsden/Anton Marcus) was found to have a sore back after disappointing in the Durban July but his stable is in form and he has run well here. He could be the biggest danger.
Punta Arenas (Dennis Drier/Keagen de Melo) won a Grade 3 over two furlongs further here four weeks ago while Exit Here (Charles Laird/Weichong Marwing) won over this course and distance last month.
Also on Sunday
Greyville: Thekwini Stakes (Grade 1) 1m, turf, 2-y-o
Final Judgement (Glen Kotzen/Stuart Randolph) sprang a 20-1 surprise in the Grade 2 Golden Slipper over a furlong less here four weeks ago.
Kotzen said: “She will love the step up to a mile and she is doing exceptionally well. She will need luck from her 12 draw but she is quick out of the gates.”
Dawn Calling (Duncan Howells/Anton Marcus) was beaten little more than a head in the Golden Slipper and heads the market. Querari Falcon (Mike Azzie/Anthony Delpech) and Safe Harbour (Sean Tarry/S’Manga Khumalo) have also been supported.
Greyville: Premiers Champion Stakes (Grade 1) 1m, turf, 2-y-o
Zodiac Ruler (Justin Snaith/Piere Strydom) was a decisive winner of the Grade 2 Golden Horseshoe over a furlong less here four weeks ago and carries plenty of stable confidence.
Snaith said: “He has done well since his win and has improved. Indeed he is improving all the time.”
Africa Rising (Sean Tarry/S’Manga Khumalo) made a good impression when scoring on his Scottsville debut and Rivarine (Mike Azzie/Anthony Delpech) won over six furlongs here last month.
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