Gavin van Zyl
Gavin van Zyl

Gavin van Zyl

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VODACOM DURBAN JULY (Grade 1)

6 July 2013

David Thiselton - The Mercury
David Thiselton - The Mercury

David Thiselton

The MercuryGavin van Zyl believes that his Vodacom Durban July trio, Seal, Shogunnar and No Worries, all have good chances and didn’t feel that tipping them as his top three at the July Gallops panel discussion was unrealistic.

No Worries, a handsome chestnut was looking a picture of well-being at Summerveld earlier this week, and put up some nice work under big race rider Brandon Lerena. Lerena said, “I was very happy with him. He has improved a lot since the Daily News, he’s a different horse.” No Worries’ wide draw of 19 is some concern, and he will need some luck in running. However, the three-year-old Kahal gelding finished like a train when coming from near last in the Grade 1 Daily News 2000, failing by a short head, so his draw is not insurmountable. He is quoted at 28-1 in the betting which is good value when considering Capetown Noir, whom he beat a short-head in the Daily News, is at 15-2.

Shogunnar has attracted a flood of money since the final field announcement last week, shortening in from 33-1 to 16-1. This is not surprising when considering that the yard have sorted out a leg problem and this has apparently brought out a ton of improvement. “Chesney reckons he has improved five lengths since the Summer Cup” said Van Zyl, referring to his son, who runs his Turffontein satellite yard. The leg problem was sorted out after his below par run in the Jubilee, which he apparently need anyway. “He’s better than he’s ever been” concluded Van Zyl about the four-year-old Solskjaer gelding.

Six of Van Zyl’s runners, including No Worries, Along Came Polly and Buffalo Bill are owned by Brian “Buffalo Bill” Burnard. He was given his new nickname by Mick Goss as he breeds disease-free wildlife and owns a number of buffalo bills. He bought Buffalo Bill as an unnamed yearling and breeder Rupert Plersch apparently named him upon learning of the buyer’s nickname from Goss.

Extract from The Mercury