Dean Kannemeyer has been relatively quiet these past months but his stable sounded a warning with a treble at Greyville yesterday.
Favourite Caprera opened their account in the card opener as stable rider Keagan de Melo benefitted from Land Of Mystery taking the scenic route home.
As Land Of Mystery ducked wide out on the bend, De Melo slipped the favourite through inside of him and the race was over in a few strides.
The Sultans Bazaar provided the second as he scored a bloodless victory in the fourth where scratchings reduced the field to six runners. De Melo simply settled at the back of the bunch but once he turned The Sultans Bazaar loose it was just a matter of how far with favourite Blackball chasing shadows as he battled to quick ahead of his younger rival.
Bernard Fayde’herbe is one of the riders who has been roundly criticised for his seemingly over-use of the stick but he remains one of the finest around.
Land Of Mystery may have proved difficult to pilot in the first but he sent Scarlet Chill through the middle of the pack to land the second. This was the filly’s first outing for Alyson Wright and Fayd’herbe took full advantage of his one draw, always an advantage over the Greyville mile.
Orient Express will come under scrutiny of the handicappers after she rounded off the Kannemeyer treble in the sixth.
Fresh from her maiden win and escaping a penalty, she got home narrowly from the two Duncan Howells-trained fillies Bold Beauty and Crystal Ball who were both closing fast on the winner.
The maxim in tough handicaps the world over for the betting desperados is; ‘when in doubt back the top weight’ they obviously being the best performed. In KZN the refrain changes to; ‘when in doubt back Anton Marcus’. His presence in the saddle generally trims a few points off any horse that he rides but you most often get value for money.
Glen Kotzen’s filly Anuchke’s Wings was not an obvious choice judging on form in what was a lowly maiden but Marcus, who does his homework and is one of the hardest working riders in the mornings, is generally a good option if you are in a quandary.
Anuchke’s Wings, who’s last two runs were in the wet after making a smart debut, made short work of her opposition
Similarly, those that set store of on one-runner one-trainer on the day, cashed in with the Johan Janse van Vuuren. He struck with his only runner with Marcus aboard as filly Giglio cruised to a four-length win in the fifth.
By Andrew Harrison