Coldhardcash showed early that he had loads of ability but that came with many problems that added some grey to Duncan Howells’s already thinning thatch. Shedding his maiden after gelding in December last year, things looked back on track but then Coldhardcash developed breathing problems which had form guide Computaform commenting, “pace tired,” “moved up – no more,” and “handy – faded out.”
As a last resort and on the advice of vet Dr Ralph Katzwinkel, Coldhardcash was fitted with a cornel collar. The device helps keep the air passage open and the results have been immediate with Coldhardcash showing why he impressed in his early homework.
Coldhardcash is unbeaten in two starts with the cornel collar, making most of the running on both occasions, and can keep that record when he lines up in the Soccer Any 15 MR Handicap over 1000m on the Hollywoodbets Greyville turf today.
Given Howells’s early assessment and taking current form into account and a good draw, the opposition could be left chasing shadows and punters will be in sorely need of an exotic bet banker on a card that will deliver some lucrative dividends.
Ode took on males when arriving on the scene too late, going down to Treading Water over the Greyville 1000m last time out. That was only her second visit to the races and the extra furlong against her own sex should see her back in the money, if not the winner’s box, in the opening leg of the PA. Kildonan Bay, a 50-1 chance on debut when second to Diamondsandpearls, and To The Max look the obvious threats.
Winter Sun has not been out since finishing third in the Gr2 Debutante Stakes, beaten just over a length by Montreal Mist. She started ignored at 66-1 that afternoon from a coffin draw of 14 so that was an exceptional effort.
She makes her seasonal debut in the Track & Ball Gaming Handicap and although rested, she could have too much class for some of her older rivals that includes the very much inform and year older Wildly In Love that has come good at recent outings.
Things get decidedly more tricky from here on.
Leicester Square was most disappointing first up out of the maidens but judged on his previous showings can do much better. Northern Route has had his form franked by Techno Captain who has since twice finished runner-up while On The Bright Side and Merlin From Berlin also warrant close scrutiny.
The seventh is another tough race but Good Rhythm has had two warm-up sprints since a lengthy break and was a close-up third last run when finishing with a rattle under Sherman Brown, making up five lengths in the straight to finish a neck back to the useful sprinter Goliath Heron. Alistair Gordon now has him over what looks to be his optimum trip and Brown has been booked again. GG’s Dynasty is another back from a break and making his poly debut. However, his form before the rest was good and the stable in form.
There are a host of first timers in the last so keep an eye on the betting. Lowan Denysschen had a winner with Eternal Words last Saturday and Imperial Seal looks the pick of the runners with exposed form. In the early market she shares favouritism with debutante Jackson Wells, Mark Dixon’s filly coming off a forward showing in a barrier trial.
Currently at 10-1 is the five-year-old Go Kitty. She made a smart debut for Gary Rich behind the promising Maiden’s Prayer before disappointing at her next start. Forgive her that showing and she looks fair value in a difficult race. Blushing Diamond has a poor draw but did find some betting support on debut and is sure to improve while Class Of Eight is a long-time maiden but has shown flashes of ability and has a chance at best but this does not look to be a race that one can go light in with any confidence.
By Andrew Harrison