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SAf Trainer Justin Snaith Attempts Rare Feat
Leading South African trainer Justin Snaith will attempt one of racing's toughest acts tomorrow at Greyville in Durban when 4YO entire and reigning South African Horse of the Year Legislate (Dynasty-Champers, by Restructure) takes on the creme of the country's sprinters in the Gr1 Mercury Sprint over 1200m. Last year's Gr1 Durban July (2200m) winner is best known as a crack miler. The winner of his last start Gr1 Gold Challenge Cup (1600m) – see below – at the course holds the 1600m record at Kenilworth, but taking on a cracking field of genuine sprinters, even at level weights, has raised the eyebrows of many turf aficionados. Despite that, the jump and run tactics employed by the highly versatile Legislate could have all his rivals off the bit with 300m to go. Adding more puzzlement to the decision, though, is a report by sahracing.com suggesting that should Legislate pull up well after the weekend, the four-time Gr1 winner could find himself being asked to jump back up to the 1800m of the Champions Cup just a week later.