Justin Snaith and Dancer’s Daughter
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Justin Snaith, the young Cape-based trainer of Dancer’s Daughter, is not one to cower on the side of caution when it comes to “big race predictions”. In fact, at just 34 years of age, Justin Snaith is totally confident in the ability of Dancer’s Daughter to deprive Pocket Power from cementing his place in history come tomorrow’s R2,5million J&B Met at Kenilworth.
Veteran racing commentator, David Mollet, writes in the Business Day that to say Justin Snaith is bullish about the chances of Dancer’s Daughter is an understatement. Justin Snaith is reported as stating, “If she’s at her best she will win - no doubt about it. That’s her - at her best she can run three wide, pull for her head and still win.”
Regarding the disappointing performance of Dancer’s Daughter in the R1million TBA Paddock Stakes, Justin Snaith says, “She was 2kg lighter than in her first two winning runs of the season, but she was still a little heavy. In the race she was too far back, and before entering the straight, Consensual in front of her was pulling her head up, while horses behind were galloping into her. She had to pick herself up again at the top of the straight and - I’m not sure that many people know this - but in the grade ones she had the fastest 400m finish of the day.”
The Mike Bass-trained Pocket Power remains the firm favourite for the J&B Met but Justin Snaith believes he is up for to challenge with his flying grey, “The only time we’ve lost to Pocket (Power) was when she started slowly and ran many horses wide in the Champions Cup at Clairwood. She was the worst weighted horse in that race too. But Dancer’s Daughter does better in Durban than Pocket Power. He does exceptionally well in the Cape - his record here is flawless. Unfortunately, one of them will have to lose.”
Dancer’s Daughter is drawn at 13 and will be piloted by jockey Kevin Shea, who arrives back in South Africa today following a successful start to his Dubai Racing Carnival campaign.
With a top class field, a colossal showdown between Pocket Power and Dancer’s Daughter, as well as a crowd predicted to be in excess of 40000, Saturday’s renewal of the J&B Met is set to be a genuine “hum-dinger”!