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Vodacom Durban July 2015 – Horses 5-8

Preview on Runners 5-8 in the Vodacom Durban July 2015
Courtesy of WINNING FORM


Sheik Hamdan bin Riashid
Al Maktoum

5) MAJMU (AUS) – 9/2
Trainer: Mike de Kock
Jockey: Anthony Delpech
Age / Sex: 3yo / Filly
Merit Rating: 114
Colours: Blue, white epaulettes, striped cap

Vodacom Durban July Draw: 1
Weight Carrying: 55kg

Total Runs: 8
First Place: 6
Seconds: 1
Thirds: 0

Runs at Greyville: 0
Runs at 2200m Distance: 0

Brilliant filly with interrupted prep, has the class but prefers galloping track.

MAGIC TIPS Comments:

  • The brilliant three-year old grey filly’s record underlines her ability and though she had an interrupted prep, her conditioner has continuously reminded critics that she has done extremely well racing fresh.
  • She has all the class and her last run behind WYLIE HALL was exceptional after she was cut-into.
  • The daughter of Redoute’s Choice was staying on nicely at the finish and she has more scope for improvement.
  • All that said, her number 1 draw could ironically be her undoing as many of her rivals will push through for early position.
MAJMU – Vodacom Durban July 2015


Mr C J H Van Niekerk

6) GOLD ONYX – 80/1

Trainer: Sean Tarry
Jockey: Grant Behr
Age / Sex: 7yo / Gelding
Merit Rating: 110
Colours: Royal blue, red spot, halved sleeves, royal blue cap

Vodacom Durban July Draw: 18
Weight Carrying: 55kg

Total Runs: 49
First Place: 7
Seconds: 5
Thirds: 9

Runs at Greyville: 20 (3 WINS, 1 second, 7 thirds)
Runs at 2200m Distance: 3 (2 thirds)

Loves this track & the jockey Behr.

MAGIC TIPS Comments:

  • Together with FUTURA this seven-year old gelding has the best record of their rivals on this track.
  • He finished his last campaign with polished performances on this course and teamed up brilliantly with Cape Town based jockey Grant Behr during the summer.
  • The Black Minnaloushe gelding finsihed closs-up in the Queen’s Plate and J&B Met and now meets the top weight on 3.5kgs better weight terms for a 2.25 length beating in the latter event.
  • He was reportedly not striding out in his prep run four weeks ago but will be fitter & has place prospects.
GOLD ONYX – Vodacom Durban July 2015


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Mr C J H Van Niekerk

7) FRENCH NAVY – 15/2

Trainer: Sean Tarry
Jockey: Raymond Danielson
Age / Sex: 3yo / Gelding
Merit Rating: 113
Colours: Royal blue, red spot, halved sleeves, royal blue cap

Vodacom Durban July Draw: 10
Weight Carrying: 54.5kg

Total Runs: 10
First Place: 4
Seconds: 2
Thirds: 2

Runs at Greyville: 1 (1 WIN)
Runs at 2200m Distance: 0

Top class three-year old, impressive last win but track is still an issue.

MAGIC TIPS Comments:

  • The first of trainer Sean Tarry’s talented three-year olds in this field, the son of Count Dubois was an impressive winner of the Daily News on his track debut, five weeks ago.
  • He has plenty of class about him and should have finished much closer behind his stablemate LEGAL EAGLE in the Derby on the Highveld in his penultimate run but for suffering interference at a crucial stage.
  • He definitely has the class to be competitive but needs a strong pace which clearly assisted him on this track last time.
  • He will have a tougher task today.
FRENCH NAVY – Vodacom Durban July 2015


Mr C J H van Niekerk &
Drakenstein Stud (Nom: Mrs G A Rupert)


Trainer: Sean Tarry
Jockey: Piere Strydom
Age / Sex: 6yo / Gelding
Merit Rating: 109
Colours: Royal blue, red spot, halved sleeves, royal blue cap

Vodacom Durban July Draw: 14
Weight Carrying: 54.5kg

Total Runs: 26
First Place: 7
Seconds: 6
Thirds: 1

Runs at Greyville: 4 (1 third)
Runs at 2200m Distance: 1 (no placings)

Seldom far off, decent prep but could prefer shorter & is drawn wide

MAGIC TIPS Comments:

  • This Right Approach gelding has once again done enough to get into the country’s most prestigious race and Piere Strydom is back aboard.
  • ‘Striker’ gave him the best possible ride under circumstances but he was not good enough a year ago, probably due to his inability to see out the trip, coupled with the sedate gallop.
  • His prep has once again been decent and he did run on late behind Legislate in the Grade 1 Gold Challenge last time but has a massive task from his wide barrier position.
  • The stable has a much stronger hand than him.
HALVE THE DEFICIT – Vodacom Durban July
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