Zilzaal makes plenty of appeal in early July betting
Sean Tarry’s long-priced three-year-old has what it takes to win SA’s most famous race at Greyville on July 6
Rainbow Bridge, who will sport Mike Rattray’s famous red and white colours on his next start, has been priced up the early 5-1 favourite for the Vodacom Durban July at Greyville on July 6.
A half-brother to Mike de Kock’s promising three-year-old Hawwaam, Rainbow Bridge rates one of the most exciting prospects in the country following his victory in the Sun Met at Kenilworth in January.
There is considerable speculation as to the weight Rainbow Bridge will be allotted in the July, but some pundits expect it to be 56kg. The likely top weight is 2018’s July winner, Do It Again.
In the early market Do It Again is quoted at 7-1 as this inmate of the powerful Justin Snaith stable bids to join a rare group of horses who have posted back-to-back wins in SA’s most famous race.
Three of the top five in the betting are trained by De Kock: Buffalo Bill Cody, Barahin and Hawwaam. The latter is an unlikely starter, thus his price of 10-1.
Many punters love an ante-post bet and one of the long-priced horses who makes plenty of appeal is Sean Tarry’s three-year-old, Zilzaal. The colt finished fourth in the Gauteng Guineas (won by National Park) and was only half a length behind third-placed Barahin.
At his current price of 14-1, Zilzaal could be good each-way value, especially as his trainer knows what is required to win the race following his successes with Pomodoro in 2012 and Heavy Metal in 2013.
Tarry sends 10 runners to Thursday’s meeting at Turffontein and one of his best chances of a visit to the No 1 box lies with Mythical Bolt in the seventh race.
The son of Captain Al failed to win in three outings during the Cape summer season, but hinted a second success was close at hand with his recent close second behind Tarsus at the Vaal.
With Paul Peter’s stable enjoying an outstanding season — he is in seventh place in the national trainers log — Bold Coast may prove the main threat to Mythical Bolt, particularly with Gavin Lerena booked for the ride.
Tarry also saddles former grade 1 winner Purple Diamond in this 1,200m contest, but the four-year-old faces no easy task in conceding weight to his stable companion.
Frankly, a daughter of Frankel and a R4m buy as a yearling, is looking an expensive purchase at this stage of her career and she will try to notch a second win when she takes on 10 rivals in the final leg of the jackpot.
While one would not want to risk too much of the rent money on her, Frankly is taking on a weak field with Modjadji, No More Words and Ilha Da Var the pick of her opponents.
Trainer Roy Magner enjoyed a red-letter day at Turffontein last Saturday and it would be no surprise if his mare, Claremorris, runs well in the final event on the card.
The five-year-old’s merit rating has dropped from 65 to 55 and she also takes a drop in class on Thursday afternoon. Her dangers in this 1,000m dash include Swell Time — the mount of promising apprentice Nathan Klink — Coyote Girl and Visuality.
Turfontein selections (Thursday)
1st Race: No Selection
2nd Race: (4) Captain’s Alpha (1) The Sands (9) Lemon Drop Shot (10) One Of Our Own
3rd Race: (2) Destinys Game (4) Without Limits (3) Super Fine (12) Jay Bomb
4th Race: (1) Glitter Path (2) Jacko Boy (3) Notquitethereyet (11) Eightfolds Lass
5th Race: (1) Lasair (3) Dry Your Eyes (2) Chevron (4) Double Wnner
6th Race: (2) March To Glory (7) Sea Air (5) Orapa (4) Norland
7th Race: (4) Mythical Bolt (5) Bold Coast (3) Purple Diamond (10) Varimax
8th Race: (5) Frankly (1) Modjadji (4) No More Words (11) Ilha Da Var
9th Race: (12) Claremorris (2) Swell Time (6) Coyote Girl (3) Visuality