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Rainbow Bridge – Vodacom Durban July 2019 – Profile

Rainbow Bridge - Vodacom Durban July Gallops 2019 - Picture: Candiese Marnewick

All the info you need to know about the 2019 Vodacom Durban July runner RAINBOW BRIDGE. This Eric Sandes trained gelding has been entered to run in the R4.25 million Grade 1 race at Greyville on Saturday 6th July 2019. Learn more about this horse here. Get your bets on now at Hollywoodbets

(Photo Credit: Candiese Marnewick/Gold Circle)

Rainbow Bridge - Silks - Red and white quartered, red sleeves, quartered cap

2) Rainbow Bridge – 6/1

Jockey: Gavin Lerena
Trainer: Eric Sandes
Owner: Mr & Mrs M L P Rattray
Colours: Red and white quartered, red sleeves, quartered cap

Breeder: Wilgerbosdrift & Mauritzfontein
Sire:  Ideal World (USA)
Dam: Halfway To Heaven by Jet Master

Age: 4
Colour: Bay
Sex: Gelding
MR: 124

Weight: 59.5kg
Draw: 4 (20)

Career Record: 10 runs, 6 wins, 3 places
Stakes Won: R 3,832,500

Runs at Greyville: 2 (2 Places)
Runs at 2200m Distance: 0

Notable Runs:
3rd in the 2019 Rising Sun Gold Challenge (Gr 1) – 1600m
2nd in the 2019 Drill Hall Stakes (Gr 2) – 1400m
1st in the 2019 Sun Met (Gr 1) – 2000m
3rd in the 2019 L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate (Gr 1) – 1600m
1st in the 2018 Matchem Stakes (Gr 3) – 1400m
1st in the 2018 Winter Classic (Gr 3) – 1800m
1st in the 2018 Winter Guineas (Gr 3) – 1600m

Trainer Comments:

An experienced horseman and man with a serious affection for the game trainer Eric Sands sounded quietly confident when commenting on Met Winner, Rainbow Bridge “His prep has gone very well, maybe even better than his prep for the Met. He took his gallop well and also recorded a decent time. The dangers on paper look to be Hawwaam and Do It Again but even a dark horse like Barahin could pop up to surprise this year. Rainbow Bridge is my only runner on the day”.

Jockey Comments:
On his recent gallop:
“Obviously I’m very happy with him,” said Lerena. “He put up a nice workout, he’s moving really well.  He’s in a good space and I’m looking forward to next week.

“We just wanted to put a bit of speed into him and he really turned it on in a matter of strides.”

Winning Form – Magic Tips Comment:
RAINBOW BRIDGE, makes his third-course appearance in the province this term. After dominating the winter season as a three-year-old in the Cape last year, he has handled the step up to this class in fine fashion and his presence near the top of the betting boards is certainly warranted. He beat the reigning Vodacom Durban July champion in the Sun Met at level weights, earlier this year and steps up an extra furlong for his first attempt at July glory. The half-brother to the early race favourite (Hawwaam) will be looking to put his recent questionable luck in running behind him, having found late traffic in both of his last two starts and he now gets the services of Gavin Lerena in the irons. He is one of the best big race riders around and will be looking to add a victory in this race, to his ever-increasing list of career triumphs.

Verdict: Found traffic in latest behind Do It Again. Drawn well. Chance.


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