Mike de Kock: "I don't think we have seen the best of him yet."PICTURE: Liesl King/ThoroughbredNEWS
Vercingetorix takes unbeaten run to four
Report: South Africa, Saturday
Greyville: Daily News 2000 (Grade 1) 1m 2f, turf, 3yo
Vercingetorix (Mike de Kock/Anthony Delpech) underlined his Vodacom Durban July claims when just holding on in a blanket finish to stretch his unbeaten run to four.
Delpech struck for home a furlong and a half out on the 14-5 chance but 90-1 shot No Worries and 9-5 favourite Capetown Noir both finished strongly and were only beaten a short head and a head.
Delpech said: "I got there a little bit soon because he quickened up so well and then he was loafing in front. But he was fit and the boss said he would stay so I should be positive. He is a very good horse and he is the one they all have to beat [in the July]."
However De Kock, winning this for the third time in 14 years, was more cautious and indeed more concerned about South Africa's biggest race which is on July 6 and over an extra furlong.
He said: "I have my doubts about how much further he will go and that has to be a worry. He quickened too quickly today and, if we run him in the July, we would have to consider riding him from more off the pace and being more patient.
"That said, I don't think we have seen the best of him yet. He has a little bit more to come but he is going to need that in the July."
Also on Saturday
Greyville: Woolavington 2000 (Grade 1) 1m 2f, turf, 3yof
Do You Remember (Geoff Woodruff/Bernard Fayd'Herbe), runner-up to Cherry On The Top in the Gauteng Fillies Guineas, the SA Fillies Classic and Oaks, gained rich reward for her consistency when wearing down Blueridge Mountain to score by a head at 10-1 with 31-1 chance Jet Belle the same distance away third.
Blueridge Mountain, a daughter of Giant's Causeway, started second favourite and looked like winning soon after taking it up two furlongs out. She probably would have done so had she not drifted left under pressure.
Cherry On The Top started at 11-20 but failed to fire and was beaten into fourth. It was only her second defeat in her last seven outings.