The Turffontein Inside track stages an eight race meeting tomorrow and the exotics look the best way to approach it.
In the first race Creation makes his comeback having last been seen in March. This Vercingetorix gelding is a half-brother to the Listed placed Querari filly Champery. In his two starts to date he has not been disgraced finishing 4,60 lengths behind Guantanamo Bay over 1000m and 6,90 lengths behind the Equus Two-year-old champion male of last season, Got The Greenlight, over 1200m. He looked to have class and will have matured in his eight months off. He is thus preferred to those who have run before as none of them look to be world beaters. Crazy Charlie stayed on well last time over this trip, showing a good turn of foot. That was a weak workrider’s race but he does have a good draw here and has gone close with Muzi Yeni up before. Trend Master has done well in all three of his starts and has proved effective over this trip. However, a place in the trifecta positions must also be found for the R4,5 million Mike de Kock-trained Dynasty colt Oscar Wilde. He is out of the Western Winter mare Lady Windermere, who won both the Grade 1 SA Fillies Sprint and the Grade 1 Garden Province Stakes. He jumps from a fair draw of six under Gavin Lerena. Temenee is another interesting first-timer. She is the only filly in the race but is by Var out of the Grade 2 Gerald Rosenberg winner Tamaanee.
In the second race over 2600m Romantic Sea has run two fair races over 1600m and 1800m respectively and should relish the step up to this 2600m trip being by stamina influence Lateral out of a Caesour mare who won up to 2400m. Poppycock is proven over staying trips having narrowly failed in two outings over 2400m. Magic Vision has shown some ability and steps up in trip. However, on pedigree there is a stamina doubt as he is by Visionaire out of the Grade 1-wining Jet Master miler Little Miss Magic and he also has a wide draw to overcome.
The third race over 2600m could be won by Glamorous Scandal who has never quite lived up to her potential and has only won one race in 26 starts. However, she has dropped to a competitive mark and is the one to beat based on the form of her penultimate start. One factor against her is her wide draw. Perfect Light beat Glamorous Scandal by 3,25 lengths over 2400m last time, but she was raised four points, and before that was beaten two lengths by Glamorous Scandal over this course and distance. Cranberry Crush won the latter race and followed up with another good effort over this same course and distance off her current mark of 72. However, her last run puts her on the back foot and she has to carry 60kg from a wide draw. Ritchi is thus preferred for third with a 4kg claimer up off a reasonable opening merit rating. It hard ignore the rest, especially Flying Fantasy and Shezahotti.
In the fourth race, also over 2600m, Gentleman’s Wager has always struck as one with some ability and has a long stride and a good turn of foot. He won a maiden handicap over 1450m easing up by 3,25 lengths last time out. He is by Oratorio out of the Var mare Princess Of Light, who won over 2450m and finished second in the Gold Cup, so has a chance of staying this trip and with bottom weight will be hard to beat if he does. Gold Griffin has drawn well and this consistent stayer makes most appeal of the rest.
In the fifth over 1600m Waqaas was raised two points for just failing to beat the improving Captain Flynt over this course and distance, although he has to come from another wide draw. Marshall Foch was progressing nicely last season after being stepped up to this trip and can continue from where he left off, although he also has a wide draw. Supa Mufti’s win last time has been franked by Captain Flynt and Waqaas. He is half-a-kilogram under sufferance but 4kg claimer Cole Dicken, who carries 1kg overweight, is aboard. He is another with a wide draw. Tokyo Drift and Gimme The Fire should be considered as horses with runs under their belts.
In the sixth, a Graduation Plate over 1600m, Spero Optima is not officially well in but impressed second time out and looks to have plenty of scope. This Dynasty gelding is well drawn too and might be making a bid to qualify for the Dingaans. The best weighted horse is Glider Pilot but he was beaten 15 lengths last time in a comeback from a layoff of more than a year. Promiseofmyheart is the best weighted three-year-old and has some good form up to this trip. The filly Frosted Steel looks to have class and should enjoy the step up in trip. Informative has decent form over sprints and is also interesting stepped up in trip from pole position, being by Greys Inn out of a Jet Master mare who won over 1300m and placed second over a mile once.
In the seventh over 1000m Madamoiselle is a form choice and should get away with returning from a five month layoff over this trip. Ocean City will make a bold bid from the front from draw two. Arikel comes off a good win over course and distance.
In the last over 1200m Chainsaw has a chance on some of his best form although he ran badly in his only start over course and distance. King Of The Delta is in good form and is well drawn and distance suited. Gemcutter, Strikeitlikeamatch and Perfectly Putt also have to be included.
By David Thiselton