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Trainer Gavin Van Zyl's thoughts on his Durban July meeting runners

Nick Wilby 6 Jul 2013

In addition to his three Durban July runners in the Durban July, trainer Gavin Van Zyl is well represented elsewhere on the supporting card.

Van Zyl fancies all three of Durban July runners, having the audacity to put them up as his “top three” at the recent July Gallops, and he's hopeful of bagging a winner or two elsewhere on the card.

His Grade 1 Zulu Kingdom Explorer Golden Slipper contender, Along Came Polly, has been noted putting in some sparkling home work on the on the Summerveld sand in recent days, cruising along, while her work companion was flat to the boards. 

The Judpot filly is a maiden, but has finished runner up in two features, including the Grade 1 Allan Robertson over 1 200m, which was her first start for the yard, and Van Zyl has said she will be suited by the step up to 1 400m as she is bred to go much further.

Sportingbet are quoting her at 18/1, behind market leader Happy Valentine (6/5), with place terms of one sixth the odds, four places.

Van Zyl is also bullish about his Grade 1 Durban Golden Horseshoe runner, Buffalo Bill, with the trainer saying:

“He was about 30kg overweight for his penultimate start [in the Listed Gatecrasher Stakes over 1 450m at Clairwood], so did well to run just six lengths back. We needed to give him just one more run to get him cherry-ripe for Saturday, which was why we ran him on Sunday, and I felt he ran very well as he was running on strongly. He is a big runner and must go into quartets.”

Any punters thinking of taking the trainer's advice will be interested to hear that Sportingbet are quoting him at a massive 40/1, with four places available at one sixth the odds. 

The yard is represented by Balse in the Grade 2 Gold Vase over 3 000m, and he will be ridden from a handy position as he didn't enjoy hold-up tactics last time. “He will run a better race,” said Van Zyl.

Again, he's not getting much respect from Sportingbet, who are quoting him at 28/1 (1/6 odds, 1.2.3.4), with Canterbury Tale their 33/10 market leader.

The stable run both Angie and Princess Julietta in the last race, the KZN Yearling Sale Million, and Van Zyl said:

“We are fixing a pulled muscle in Princess Julietta’s rib and are hoping she will be ready in time. Angie has got a bit of talent, but is in and out and you never know what to expect. They are up against the colts so it won’t be easy.”

Of the pair, Princess Julietta is priced up shortest at 12/1 with Sportingbet, who have Angie at 40/1.


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