Frank Lloyd Wright, who came good in a 1 400m handicap here 17 days ago, looks the best of champion Lyle Hewitson’s seven rides at Kenilworth today and he should be able to collect in the Interbet.co.za Handicap.
Hewitson is beginning to take command of this season’s title race and he went into Fairview yesterday on the 200-winner mark, six in front of Muzi Yeni, with Anton Marcus now looking almost out of it on 182.
Frank Lloyd Wright has been raised five points for that last win but the Justin Snaith-trained gelding had come down a lot in the ratings and the way he won – going to the front after 300m and making the rest to score by two lengths – suggests he can go in again.
True, he is drawn seven out of seven but more to the point is that he has shown that he can handle softish ground and that is a vitally important quality today.
The Computaform Express racecards show every horse’s record on ground softer than good – look for the Wet figures, eg in Frank Lloyd Wright’s case Wet:1-2-4 indicating that he has run four times on it, winning once and being placed twice. You get the same information on the free TAB Sheet racecard on the tabonline.co.za racecard.
What the figures do not tell you is how soft the ground was on those occasions. It may have been just good to soft or it could have been heavy but they are still a most helpful guide because the majority of horses produce a different level of ability in the soft to what they show on good or faster.
Waiting For Rain, who is running for the 75th time, sometimes lives up to his name and probably represents the main danger while in the preceding Tellytrack.com Pinnacle Stakes Milton looks tempting at 13-2 with Bernard Fayd’Herbe in the irons. This 1 800m is the distance over which he won last season’s Premier Trophy but, although he has won in the soft, his record in it (one win from eight starts) suggests that his usual front-running tactics might not enable him to last home. I prefer Man About Town.
Fayd’Herbe may, however, win both the two-year-old races. Gold Medal is untested in the soft but he ran well enough on debut to suggest he can get the better of Quintay and Hardfallingrain in race two.
Stable companion Sailing Ship started favourite for the Perfect Promise and, while nothing she has done before or since warranted that, she went close last time and makes more appeal than Hewitson’s mount La De Da and Kelpie in race three.
By Michael Clower