Triple Crown-winning trainer Mike Azzie believes Summerhill-bred Rabada is the horse to beat in the Grade 1 Daily News 2000 at Greyville on Saturday.
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Rabada (Brave Tin Soldier)

“All things have been going well, I am very happy with him and have no reason to believe he won’t stay,” said Mike Azzie.

While his mother is a daughter of the precocious juvenile Fard, his “granny” was sired by the out-and-out stayer Braashee, and the family origins trace to the great tap root mare Majorca, who got every yard in the Cape of Good Hope Derby against the colts.

Jockey Anton Marcus was impressed by the Grade 1-winning Brave Tin Soldier colt’s last run in the Grade 2 Canon Guineas at Greyville, because after being taken to the front from a wide draw in a fast-paced race he was able to stay on and be beaten just a half-a-length, while the two in front of him faded out to the back.

Grade 2 Canon Guineas 1600m

Grade 3 Cartier Politician Stakes 1800m

Furthermore, Rabada stayed on well in the Grade 3 Cartier Politician Stakes over 1800m at Kenilworth on L’Ormarin’s Queen’s Plate day to finish a 2,25 length sixth with 62kg on his back. He was conceding 5kg to the winner Black Arthur and 6,5kg to third-placed Marinaresco, who are now respectively the top pair on the Vodacom Durban July betting boards.

Azzie added, “He was given a sympathetic ride in the Politician Stakes too, due to the weight and also his main mission was the Cape Derby.” Rabada was unable to take his place in the Derby due to injury but proved his well-being when winning his comeback run over 1400m at Turffontein three weeks before his fine Canon Guineas effort. He is the joint 33/10 favourite for Saturday with Grade 2 IOS Drill Hall Stakes winner New Predator.

Azzie also runs the Toreador gelding Trading Profit, who is drawn well in three. He was bought out of the Ormond Ferraris yard after downing the like of Judicial and French Navy when way out at the weights in a Pinnacle Stakes event over 1800m at Turffontein in February. However, he has run below par in two outing for his new yard in the SA Classic and Premier’s Champions Challenge respectively, and was headstrong in the latter race.

He is a good looking sort and has talent, but Azzie said, “He took a while to adjust and an improved run can be expected, but Rabada is superior to him.”