Constable can come home in front at a rewarding price in the Sophomore Sprint at Kenilworth tomorrow.
The Candice Bass-Robinson colt, 9-2 yesterday, has impressed in both his starts and particularly when coming from the wrong side of the course in a maiden over the trip on his most recent outing three months ago. “He has such a high cruising speed that he put them all under pressure some way out,” commented rider Anthony Andrews that day.
Keagan de Melo takes over tomorrow but what really swings it is that the Trippi colt is a half-brother to champion sprinter Kasimir. No wonder that he has speed to burn!
Captain Tatters is 22-10 to become the third successful favourite in four runnings and he has a lot going for him even though he has been off for four months. He had Ground Control (17-2) a length back third when chasing home the Hong Kong-bound Armando in the Somerset over this trip.
The first Sophomore of his distinguished career would be a fitting 48th birthday present for Brett Crawford but both his runners – the pair are the highest rated in the field – have been racing over further. Finding Camelot (weak in the market, drifting from 3-1 to 11-2) and 5-1 chance King Of Gems were third and fourth in the 1 500m Langerman and this much shorter race looks more of a prep for the season to come.
Three Two Charlie (6-1), third to Armando in the Cape Nursery, is suited by the trip and should be ready after last week’s Durbanville outing but he makes nothing like the same appeal as his stable companion.
There are others that stand out during the afternoon beginning with Silver Operator in the Perpetua House Handicap. He was most impressive when winning first time and then only just failed to get up in the Langerman. He will relish the extra 100m and looks significantly better than the older horses. Furthermore the Marshall stable is on song. The only drawback is that at 11-10 he is not much of a price.
Frank Lloyd Wright has only really come into his own in his last two outings but he has long been held in quite high regard. He has gone up sharply for last time’s win but he may just get the better of impressive maiden winner Yorktown in the Val Vida Real Estate Handicap.
Finally Queensbarns who came away from over a furlong out to score by over five lengths. Maybe you shouldn’t be tempted by horse’s first time out of the maidens but the 15-10 favourite looks an exception to the rule in the finale.
By Michael Clower