TREVOR REID: TRAINER Justin Snaith continues to plunder the Eastern Cape feature races and Sweep Forward could be right one for the Champion Juvenile Cup (Grade 3) over 1400m at Fairview.
The draw has been unkind to Sweep Forward as he will jump from barrier No 14 and jockey Felix Coetzee may have no other viable alternative than to attempt start-to-finish tactics. Coetzee was aboard when the Captain Al colt made his debut and ran a promising fourth, beaten 5.75 lengths by The West Is Wide.
Snaith said before the race that Sweep Forward was one of his better juveniles so it was not surprising when he followed up with a comfortable win over Naval Victory. That form was franked with an easy win by Naval Victory last week.
Sweep Forward failed to overcome a wide berth but ran on well to finish fifth, beaten 5.60 lengths by decent King Of Pain. Sweep Forward was not disgraced, bearing in mind he was reported to be blowing hard that day. So we can expect improvement on that run
Trainer Joey Ramsden has a good record when he raids the Eastern Cape and could have a line of how good Vauclair is through King Of Pain. This brings Vauclair into the race with a lively chance. Vauclair looked good on his debut win when dropped off the early pace in heavy going. He found a strong late run to win going away by 0.75 lengths over 1200m at Kenilworth. The step up in trip should suit Vauclair but he is also badly drawn.
Trainer Gavin Smith has six runners and although stable jockey Aldo Domeyer is aboard Sedge, it is the filly, Deepo, I fear most from the yard. Already a winner twice over the course and distance, she has looked progressive.
Greenacre, also from the Smith yard, was disappointing behind stable companion Le Var last time but should prefer this longer trip and jumps from pole position.
Placido has improved markedly since being gelded and has also won over this track and trip, so he is not out of it. Skippyjon Jones and Way Clear are two others who could pop up and earn stake cheques.