Nov 14 2017

Justin Snaith was very happy with winter triple crown hero African Night Sky’s seasonal reappearance in a Pinnacle Stakes race over 1400m at Kenilworth on Saturday and Black Arthur’s poor run has been explained as he pulled up a bit sore on his off hind.

The yard are also looking forward to good runs in big races this Saturday with a trio of three-year-olds, the unbeaten Twice Over gelding Do It Again, the Choisir gelding Sir Frenchie and the well-bred Trippi filly Miss Katalin.

Snaith said about four-year-old Dynasty gelding African Night Sky’s 1,75 length fifth place on Saturday behind three Grade 1 winners, Edict Of Nantes, Sail South and Captain America, and the progressive Black Cat Back, “It was a very good comeback run. He was still big in the parade ring and will strip fitter next time.”

He said the Green Point Stake would come too soon for African Night Sky and he was targeting another race instead.

Black Arthur finished a disappointing last in Saturday’s Pinnacle.

Snaith said the five-year-old Silvano gelding’s Black Arthur’s problem was not serious and it would just require a lot of hard work from the yard to have him ready for the Cape Summer Of Champions Season’s big races. He was not sure yet of the timeline for his return to form.

Do It Again runs in Saturday’s Grade 2 Selangor Cup over 1600m. The big galloper stayed on strongly to win over 1200m on debut and followed up with a comfortable win over Saturday’s course and distance.

Snaith said, “He is a nice horse who needs further. He is drawn wide and we will have to drop him in and see how he goes.”

Snaith was impressed by Sir Frenchie last race in the Grade 3 Cape Classic over 1400m. He stayed on strongly from way back in the running for a 3,55 length fourth to Tap O’ Noth.

Snaith said, “That was a prep run so there will be improvement and he could be in the money. He is drawn alright so we will tuck him in and he should run on nicely, but the track is running very quick and it’s not easy for the horses coming from behind.”

The race will still be run on the Winter Course, with its short straight, and this makes it even tougher for horses coming from off the pace.

Miss Katalin, who is out of a Grade 1-winning Jet Master mare Little Miss Magic, was a bit keen in her last run in the Grade 2 WCF Championship over 1400m so was not disgraced in sixth place, 8,15 length behind  runaway winner, her stablemate Snowdance.

Snaith said, “She has a soft mouth and does settle, she just needed that last run, it was a prep for this race. She will run okay and this race always produces upsets.”

Miss Katalin is drawn nine out of the 23 entries and Sir Frenchie is drawn 14.

Meanwhile, Snowdance is doing well and her next run will be in the Grade 1 WSB Cape Fillies Guineas on December 2.

David Thiselton

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