With Champions Season and the winter chill but behind us, night racing returns to Hollywoodbets Greyville in its usual Friday evening slot and it could prove a profitable meeting for punters with a couple of standout bets in the early exchanges that can help boost the bankroll for the exotics.
The first sees a number of first timers in the line-up and Johan Janse van Vuuren’s debutante Different Light has been priced up an early ante-post favourite ahead of the exposed Bling A Ding. Kom Naidoo’s filly has gone close in her last two starts but the betting suggests that she may have to play second fiddle again this evening.
Goliath Heron, Hey Boy and Hampton Court are bracketed on 33-10 for the second but Hey Boy is taken to turn the tables on Goliath Heron, a neck separating the pair last time out at Hollywoodbets Scottsville. The switch to the poly and a plum draw could give Hey Boy the edge this time around. Hampton Court has turned in two smart efforts for his new yard and gets lumps of weight from his rivals but it has been some time since his only win.
Gimmethenight and Francisco look the principal contenders for the opening leg of the Pick 6. Weiho Marwing has seen an opportunity and makes the trip from his Turffontein base. Gimmethenight makes his poly debut but has steady Highveld form and is well in at these weights. The Dennis Drier yard is a little cold at present but Francisco looked badly in need of his last run but was not far back. He should come on lengths from that effort but was off the track for close on a year before that which is a concern.
In the fourth, Do Or Dare can go one better after being touched off in a battle with the well fancied Straight Up at Scottsville. The two pulled well clear of the opposition and Do Or Dare could prove difficult to beat with the Dean Kannemeyer yard in full cry. Galway made a smart return for Tony Rivalland after a lengthy break and is lightly raced. His two best efforts have come on the poly and he looks the main threat to the chances of Do Or Dare.
The sixth looks more tricky. What A Thrill is the early market leader after her easy maiden victory but had good form before that and she appeared to bring her A game to the poly. The extra should also suit and she can follow up. There were excuses for both Blue Flower and La Valette at their most recent outings. Blue Flower has a good draw and a light weight while La Valette was caught out of her ground last run but finishing well. She could now prefer this trip.
The sixth looks wide open although Swagger Jagger was a fluent maiden winner when blinkered for the first time. He meets a modest field and has a light weight so can go in again. Peter Piper is a veteran but his current form is consistent and he was decidedly unlucky in his last race on the poly.
Spring Breeze has been disappointing but has come down in the ratings and could be the right one in the seventh, but the advice for exotic bet punters is to load up in this leg. Early favourite is the easy recent maiden winner Fire Faerie at 4-1 but seven horses are quoted at under 7-1.
The last is another difficult race. Amber Belle has taken time to come to hand but her last two since a break have been promising. She meets a weak field and Lowan Denysschen has hit form. Alabama Slide, Cersei, Tarocco and Dancing Princess all warrant consideration.
By Andrew Harrison