Justin Snaith saddled the top three across the wire in R4,250,000 Gr.1 Durban July.
The 3yo Twice Over gelding Do It Again produced a sustained finishing effort to write jockey Anton Marcus’ name into the SA racing history books as he became the leading July jockey of all time, grabbing a fifth trophy in the great race – having won his first July on Dancing Duel a quarter of a century ago.
South African horseracing’s great day hosted the premier 2200m feature in front of over 40 000 people, and with five runners in the eighteen horse line-up, including the long-time favourite African Night Sky, the Cape-based Snaith Racing Team always looked to hold the edge.
On a memorable and incident-filled afternoon, the dream came true for the brothers Snaith, with their third July winner and a top three finish that spoke volumes of their dominance of the event from entry time in April.
The field got away on terms and there was no pace on early despite our assurances to the contrary from two top jockeys earlier last week!
Anton Marcus said that he had enjoyed a trouble-free passage and that he felt that he had the race in the bag at the 200m. He said that when he saw African Night Sky overracing in front, he knew he had a major chance.
Do It Again has won 4 races with 3 places from 8 starts for stakes of R3 307 500.
The tough but slightly built Sweet Virginia is out of the Royal Prerogative Millie Bovana. She was victorious in the 2005 Gr3 Final Fling Stakes, and walloped the boys in the Gr3 Winter Classic and Winter Derby a feat not matched by her own sex since.
1st Do It Again (A Marcus, Justin Snaith), 2nd Made To Conquer (Jeff Lloyd, Justin Snaith), 3rd Elusive Silva (Bernard Fayd'Herbe, Justin Snaith), 4th Majestic Mambo (Callan Murray, Paul Peter), 5th African Night Sky (Grant Van Niekerk, Justin Snaith), 6th Rocket Countdown (S Randolph, Candice Bass-robinson), 7th Fiorella (Mark Khan, Duncan Howells), 8th Tilbury Fort (Lyle Hewitson, Sean Tarry), 9th Coral Fever (M Yeni, Robbie Sage), 10th Liege (R Danielson, Sean Tarry), 11th Dark Moon Rising (Warren Kennedy, Paul Lafferty), 12th Matador Man (S Khumalo, Sean Tarry), 13th Secret Potion (Marco V'Rensburg, Geoff Woodruff), 14th Yakeen (R Simons M F, De Kock), 15th Star Express (A Domeyer, Justin Snaith), 16th White River (C Orffer Brett, Crawford), 17th Gold Standard (Craig Zackey, Glen Kotzen), 18th Abashiri (P Strydom Mike, adam Azzie)