where the horse is always the hero
Article Item
Posted 2020-07-06 10:23:21  
Capoeira spoils VDJ qualifying hopes in Cup Trial

The Grade 3 World Sports Betting Cup Trial run at Hollywoodbets Scottsville on Saturday failed to have much impact on the race for a place in the Vodacom Durban July final field although the much talked about Nexus did make a bold bid to land the win he needed and it remains to be seen whether the triumphant Andre Nel-trained Capoeira will be supplemented.

Nexus is unlikely to be considered for the final field unless it cuts up badly as he was running off just a 105 merit rating and was beaten 1,80 lengths into second despite receiving 2,5kg from the 110 rated Capoeira.

All of Sovereign Spirit (third), Pack Leader (fourth), Cat Daddy (fifth), More Magic (sixth), Born To Perform (seventh), G G’s Dynasty (ninth), Herodotus (tenth), Magnificent Seven (eleventh) and Roy’s Riviera (last) are also July entries and none of them did enough to advance their cause.

Ironically, of the July entries who ran, only the pair who finished at the back, Magnificent Seven and Roy’s Riviera, appeared anywhere on the second log and both were among the five horses who were just outside of the top 20.

Capoeira, a gelding by Oratorio, finished third in last year’s Grade 1 Daily News 2000 and has now proved that was no fluke.

Gavin Lerena slotted him in beautifully behind the pacemaker Herodotus after breaking well from draw ten.

Lerena skipped for home at the top of the straight on the back of just a steady pace and try as they might Nexus, Sovereign Spirit and Pack Leader, who all ran on well, were unable to catch him.

Capoeira, who jumped at generous odds of 16/1, was bred by Wilgerbosdrift and Mauritzfontein Stud.

Gold Circle  

Email link to a friend | Printable Version
  • S. A Race Form
    Displaying 10 ResultsSee All
    it's my turn is doing well2020-07-21

    It is the silly season wherein Vodacom Durban July rumours abound and one of them this year had it t...

    View | Add Comment
    vardy and twist of fate looking great2020-07-21

    Vodacom Durban July third favourite Vardy was soundly beaten by his stable companion Twist Of Fate i...

    View | Add Comment
    muzi plays them on the break2020-07-20

    Muzi Yeni and Running Brave led the field a merry dance and caused a major upset when making all the...

    View | Add Comment
    fancied horses impress in vdj gallops2020-07-16

    The Vodacom Durban July gallops are not often a good pointer to the big race itself but if they were...

    View | Add Comment
    vdj draws raise eyebrows2020-07-15

    There were no surprises in the Vodacom Durban July final field announcement today but there would ha...

    View | Add Comment
    the pace – where will it come from in the vdj 2020?2020-07-10

     Racing guru Jay August has been providing a myriad valuable stats for industryman to work with...

    View | Add Comment
    roy's riviera's last chance dance2020-07-08

    Frank Robinson's Australian-bred mare Roy's Riviera will run for the third weekend in succession in ...

    View | Add Comment
    greeff thwarts derby raider2020-07-03

    Trainer Alan Greeff on Friday reconfirmed his dominance in Port Elizabeth when he scored a 1-2 with ...

    View | Add Comment
    fortune favours winter smoke2020-07-03

    Ashley and Andrew Fortune have four Grade 1 runners at Hollywoodbets Scottsville tomorrow including ...

    View | Add Comment
    snaith bullish ahead of the golden horse sprint2020-07-03

     Justin Snaith is bullish about two of his horses for the Festival Of Speed meeting at Hollywoo...

    View | Add Comment