Cash in on Sunshine Mint

PUBLISHED: 30 August 2019

Ancient Spirit (Anneke Akal Kitching)

The highest rated race in the eight race meeting at Hollywoodbets Greyville on the polytrack this Sunday is a MR 92 handicap for fillies and mares over 1200m. Sunshine Mint looks ready to pounce off a reduced merit rating, although she does have a tricky draw of eight to overcome.

Ancient Spirit (Anneke Akal Kitching)
Ancient Spirit (Anneke Akal Kitching)

This Await The Dawn mare had some fair form in the strong centre of Cape Town over this trip and now has her third run in KZN and it is also her third run after a layoff. She clearly needed her last start over this trip at Hollywoodbets Scottsville as she moved up well and then found little extra. Her merit rating has been dropped six points in total from the time she arrived in KZN and she is a contender here if able to overcome that draw. Ancient Spirit ran on well from way off the pace over this course and distance in her penultimate start to finish a 1,55 length fourth and was reported coughing. She now has a tongue tie on and from a handier position could be right there. Torbenite should also be involved in the finish. Last time she beat Sunshine Mint by 3,75 lengths at Hollywoodbets Scottsville and is now only 2kg worse off and drawn well in two.

The first leg of the Pick 6 is a MR 78 Handicap over 1600m and the progressive What A Blast goes for a hattrick. The wide draw should not bother him as he came from way off the pace last time with a telling run over this course and distance. He is off a three point higher mark and has a chance again. Antigonus will enjoy the step up to this trip and will also be running on. Peter Piper is nine-years-old but shows no sign of slowing down and can also be in the mix, although he is another with a tough draw. Podcast and Philos have good draws and are both one from one over course and distance so must also be included.

In the second leg of the Pick 6 over 2000m Elusive Quest went close over course and distance last time and gets a good opportunity here from a plum draw. Tallulah Jet has shown signs of ability and from a good draw could make her presence felt over a likely suitable trip. Hard-knocking La Duchesse should make her presence felt over a suitable trip if able to overcome the high draw.

In the third leg of the Pick 6 over 1400m Head Boy had some fair form in Cape Town from 1400m to 2400m and will be competitive here in this weaker centre. Tuscan Kiss is also from Cape Town and has a plum draw over an ideal trip. Galway, Just Prime and Icloud can also be included.

In the sixth race over 1400m Star Vega looks promising and will enjoy the step up in trip having run on strongly over 1200m last time. She does have tough draw to overcome though and hard knockers Spam Alert and Mitra Music can also be included.

In the last leg of the Pick 6 over 1200m Extravargant has ability and a plum draw over a suitable trip. Highveld raider Belton Road has dropped to a competitive mark and can make his presence felt if able to overcome a wide draw.  Pickawinner won his maiden well over course and distance in his penultimate start and has a 4kg claimer up from a fair draw so must be included.   

By David Thiselton