See it Again wants to do it again

See it Again wants to do it again

David Thiselton

The Michael Roberts-trained Twice Over colt See It Again is looking increasingly likely to emulate his three-parts brother Do It Again, by winning South Africa’s premier race, the Hollywoodbets Durban July, after an impressive victory in the Gr 1 Daily News 2000 on Saturday at Hollywoodbets Greyville.

A fairytale is unfolding as Hall Of Fame jockey Roberts will be out to join a small band of elite, that includes Syd Garrett, David Payne and Bert Abercrombie, who have won the July both as jockey and trainer and partnering him in the bid will be another legend in Piere Strydom, who will be out to score a record-equalling fifth July as well as becoming the oldest, at age 56, to ride a winner.

It is well documented how Strydom made a comeback last year after an eye retina problem in order to just accumulate eleven more winners to reach a career 5,500 tally.

He reached that figure but big rides came along, causing him to delay retirement.

However, nobody could have foretold he would be in this position.

At present See It Again is outdoing Do It Again as he will go into the July on the back of victory in the Gr 1 Splashout Cape Derby, second place in the Gr 2 WSB Guineas and victory in Saturday’s Gr 1 Daily News 2000.

However, when it was suggested to owner Nick Jonsson he might be even better than Do It Again he replied, “Do It Again is the best horse I have ever owned … I will never own a horse as good as him.”

Do It Again, who was second in the Cape Derby, won the WSB Guineas and was fourth in the Daily News 2000, not only went on to win two Julys, but he was in fact the best performed horse in the first four Julys he ran in, was the second best performed horse in the big race last year, and this year he will become the first horse in history to run in six Julys.

He is therefore the best performed July horse in history.

Furthermore, he has won an additional couple of weight for age Gr 1 miles, the prestigious L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate and the Hollywoodbets Gold Challenge, not to mention his numerous close up finishes in those two races as well as narrow seconds in both the Gr 1 WSB Met and Gr 1 Champions Cup.

Nevertheless, superstardom awaits See It Again.

Jonsson owns both Do It Again and See It Again, the former in a partnership and the latter outright, and he also owns the third-placed horse in the Daily News on Saturday, Without Question, who is now the July joint second favourite behind See It Again.

See It Again is surprising to see close up, because he is big and imposing.

However, there is nothing bulky about him. He is instead a streamlined, balanced athlete, and this gives the impression when watching him on the screen that he is smaller than he actually is.

He proved on Saturday he has a tremendous turn of foot.

Strydom said See It Again had dropped the bit down the back straight and he was a bit concerned about being too far back, so he gave him a niggle and he said the response was instant.

He knew then the engine was tuned and he would turn it on in the straight.

However, he broke into his mother tongue of Afrikaans for a moment, using the word “genade” (mercy), when expressing that sitting in second last place he was at the mercy of those in front of him. He could hardly switch out and go around the field.

See It Again was stuck behind Without Question, who was sitting detached from the horses in front of him ,meaning See It Again was worringly far out of his ground as they approached the straight, with the big horse Dave The King leading and the perceived main danger Cousin Casey poised to strike from midfield.

However, See It Again showed a tremendous turn of foot to overtake Without Question and coupled with his powerful resolute finish it was soon evident he would catch Dave The King.

Cousin Casey did not have the best momentum entering the straight and then took a bump from Without Question, who began hanging in.

Dave The King rolled on well with his big stride, although he was perhaps a touch one-paced.

See It Again had fetched him by the 100m mark and Strydom just punched him out in his unmistakeable style to win easing up by 0,70 lengths.

Without Question stayed on in eyecatching style to be beaten just two lengths.

Cousin Casey did not display the electrifying turn of foot he was known for as a two-year-old and was a touch disappointing, beaten 2,30 lengths.

Shoemaker stayed on well for a 3,70 length fifth, but his chances of making the July field look remote.

See It Again is unlikely to be raised from his 124 merit rating and Dave The King should remain on 122, but Without Question might get a point raise from 119 to 120.

As things stand See It Again will be well in in the July weights.

With Do It Again and Safe Passage joint-highest rated on 124, See It Again would carry 58kg in a true handicap as things stand, but he will come down 1kg to the maximum weight for a three-year-old of 57kg, so will carry the same weight as Dave The King and Cousin Casey, while Without Question will carry 56kg (if he does get raised to 120).

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