A small but high-class field has been lined up for the R1-million Daily News 2000 to be run at Greyville next Saturday (June 2).
The field, which was announced on Thursday, includes Investec Cape Derby winner Jackson, trained by Brett Crawford, and SA Derby dead-heaters Pomodoro and Royal Bencher.
Jackson is also ruling ante-post favourite for the Vodacom Durban July, and just how he fares next week will almost certainly have an effect on the July betting.
Jackson finished second to the crack “miler” Variety Club in the KRA Guineas in his first run at Greyville, and should be all the better for the experience and the extra distance of the Daily News 2000.
Pomodoro and Royal Bencher fought out a desperate finish in the SA Derby run at Turffontein last month, where the judges were unable to separate them after 2 450m. Both are in top class Highveld form.
Sean Tarry saddles three of the nine runners, including Pomodoro, Whiteline Fever and Baracah, while the Gavin van Zyl-trained Shogunnar was a supplementary entry for the race and drew gate one.
Vettel, from the Mike de Kock yard, is a possible for the Vodacom Durban July, but will need a bold showing here to make the final field.
Supporting features are the Woolavington 2000 and the Lonsdale Stirrup Cup.
The three top-rated fillies in the Woolavington 2000 are Dubai Gina, out of the Vaughan Marshall yard, the De Kock-trained SA Oaks winner Ilha Bella, and Crawford’s Paddock Stakes winner Thunder Dance, head a 14-horse entry.
The Lonsdale is a good warm-up for the Gold Vase run on July day, and later the Ladbrokes Gold Cup. – Daily News Reporter