|Mac De Lago will have a tough draw to contend with in the Vodacom Durban July 2016|
2) MAC DE LAGO (AUS) - 25/1
Trainer: Weiho Marwing
Jockey: Bernard Fayd'Herbe
Owner: Messrs H Adams, CF Delport, D Chinsammy, Lawrence Pillay, TJ Smith & ODT Vissser
Age / Sex: 4yo / Gelding
Merit Rating: 114
Colours: Royal blue and silver hoops, hooped sleeves, quartered cap
Vodacom Durban July Draw: 16
Weight Carrying: 59.5kg
Total Runs: 13
First Place: 3
Runs at Greyville: 3 (1 WIN, 1 Place)
Runs at 2200m Distance: 0
1st in the Rising Sun Gold Challenge (1600m)
4th in the Champions Challenge (2000m)
Weiho Marwing – "I am not at all confident about Mac de Lago’s chance as I think it would be very tough to win from draw 16."
MAGIC TIPS (Winning Form) Comment:
Great last run but probably dented his chances here, is still improving though, top heavyweight jockey.
The gelding has really impacted positively on this Australian import who has shown smart improvement in recent outings. He finally put one over his old nemesis French Navy when fighting back strongly to win the Gold Challenge in the boardroom three weeks ago, but that verdict may have cost him the ultimate prize as he picked up a rather hefty seven pound penalty. His wide draw won't help his cause but he too will relish the rise in trip. He gets top jockey Fayd'Herbe in the saddle and may even earn minor money.
- Mac De Lago made the final field of the 2015 Vodacom Durban July as the 2nd reserve runner, but did not take part in the race
- In Mac De Lago's last three runs, which have been two Grade 1's and a Grade 2, he has finished 1st, 4th and 4th. He could well be peaking at the right time.
- He is drawn 16th (which could be come 14th should the reserve runners be scratched). The last horse to win from draw 14 was El Picha in 1999. The last horse to win from draw 16 was Jamaican Music in 1976.
- He is trained by Weiho Marwing. This trainers best finish in the Vodacom Durban July was in 2014 when Wylie Hall won the race, but was relegated to 2nd place after an objection lodged by the eventual winner, Legislate.
- He will be ridden by jockey Bernard Fayd'Herbe. Fayd'Herbe won the Vodacom Durban July in 2008 when he rode Pocket Power, who dead heated with Dancer's Daughter for first place.
- Fayd'Herbe's ride in last year's ride was on Wylie Hall, but unfortunately the horse was not striding out, and finished in 18th position.
- Owner Hassim Adams has another horse in this race, number 15 Dynamic.