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We're looking forward to the next World Pool event, on one of South African racing's biggest days at Greyville on Saturday 31st July. Gold Cup Day is set to be a cracker, with commingled pools in eight Graded contests.

Clive Robinson previews the main events...

The Vodacom Durban July 2021 was a smash hit a few weeks back and, as is the KwaZulu-Natal champions season norm, Gold Cup Day is the perfect closing ceremony for both those who couldn’t get enough, and those in need of a comeback.

The season finale is a big race day not to be taken lightly, with massive pools and highly competitive races on the menu.

The Marshalls World Of Sport Gold Cup (14:05) is not a Grade 1 like the four other big ones, but it is usually the race that gets people in a frenzy. The marathon has produced incredible finishes and produced marvelous trifecta and quartet payouts.

Nebraas has suddenly come out of nowhere showing himself a crack stayer in the making when winning the Gold Vase at his first attempt at Greyville and he could offer good value to follow up in the 3200m Cup Event.

Sean Tarry kept this one under wraps so that he came in with a tidy weight in the Vase. With just 52,5kg to carry in the Gold Cup, he appeals as one of the better bets on the day.

Champions Cup Sa

On official ratings African Adventure and Doublemint appear the ones to beat but the former may not enjoy the sharp track – he is very good at Turffontein’s long run-in. Doublemint hasn’t sparked so far this season.

The only negative for Nebraas is a wide draw. In this department the Joe Soma trained African Adventure has come up trumps – he can be placed where he likes it seems as he has got pole.

One suggestion is taking the exactas and swingers on the pair a few times and backing Nebraas if getting better than 3-1.

Other big chances throughout the card

Soma’s Got The Greenlight, who bagged champion two-year-old and three-year-old titles of his generation, may make history and become champion older horse and perhaps horse of the year with a win in Race 9, the HKJC World Pools Champions Cup (13:25).

It would be Grade 1 number 3 for the season and after finishing a sparkling third behind the country’s top three-year-olds in the Vodacom Durban July, nobody will put it beyond him.

Having watched the replay of the race a few times, one can’t help but believe if Do It Again managed to secure a better passage in the July, he may have got by the Gimmethegreenlight gelding this year.

Do It Again is 2,5kg better off for that 1.05 length beating but Got The Greenlight is arguably even better over 1800m and as such remains top choice.

Other runners who are expected to produce a big run on the day include Rain In Holland in Race 5, the Grade 1 Thekwini Stakes (12:55) over 1600m. She has been super impressive and goes for five in a row.

The 2020 Triple Tiara winner Summer Pudding could sadly be having her swansong in the final race on the day, The Kuda Gold Bracelet (Race 10 - 16:00).

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