Stars Clash In Green Point
Saturday’s G2 World Sports Betting Green Point Stakes, run over 1600m at Kenilworth racecourse, promises to be one of the highlights of the 2019-2020 South African racing calender.
Reigning Horse Of The Year Do It Again (main image) takes on his Sun Met conqueror Rainbow Bridge in the Green Point, and, with the likes of Undercover Agent, Vardy, One World, and Head Honcho also in the field, the 2019 Green Point Stakes looks a local race to savour, even after the withdrawal of triple G1 winner Hawwaam!
Dual Vodacom Durban July hero Do It Again was narrowly beaten into third place in the 2018 Green Point Stakes, and connections have, no doubt, bigger fish to fry with their champion once again. The 2019 G1 L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate winner is a superb miler in his own right, and looks once again to be a major contender on Saturday.
His old rival Rainbow Bridge (below), second to Do It Again in last season’s Vodacom Durban July, was a close up fourth in last year’s Green Point Stakes, and the dual G1 winning son of Ideal World should again be right there in the firing line on Saturday.
The same is true of G1 Rising Sun Gold Challenge hero Undercover Agent, who finished ahead of both Do It Again and Rainbow Bridge when a short-head second in the 2018 Green Point Stakes, and last season’s G2 Drill Hall Stakes is at his very best over a mile.
The Andre Nel trained Head Honcho was third, to Rainbow Bridge and Do It Again, in the 2019 G1 Sun Met, and impressed when landing a competitive looking pinnacle stakes on his seasonal reappearance.
Promising four-year-olds One World and Vardy (pictured below) both face their toughest tasks to date on Saturday. However, One World, beaten just twice in 11 starts, loves the 1600m trip and is unbeaten in two starts this season, when winning both the G3 Matchem Stakes and Cape Mile respectively.
Vardy, in turn, easily accounted for One World when he won last season’s G3 Winter Classic, but the son of Var faces a difficult task in making his seasonal debut here.
Head Honcho’s stablemate La Favourari and Philanthropist gelding Pack Leader both look up against it in this intriguing contest.