Front And Centre targets Paddock-Majorca

PUBLISHED: 10 October 2019

Front And Centre (Liesl King)

Front And Centre, who made a winning return in last Saturday’s Diana Stakes, has a Paddock-Majorca Stakes double as her ultimate target this season.

Brett Crawford, in fine form with three winners yesterday, said: “It’s a question of picking the right races for her before then. We will sit down and work it out.”

Front And Centre (Liesl King)
Front And Centre (Liesl King)

Stable companion Bwana has opened 5-1 joint favourite with the Greg Ennion-trained Elusive Trader for the Pinnacle Stakes at Durbanville on Saturday.

Green Jacket, trained by the in-form Justin Snaith, is next in the market at 11-2.

Snaith was at the country course yesterday to upset hot favourites in the first two races and, despite being on crutches, nipped up and down the staircase a good deal quicker than most people manage – “Certainly I can still move faster than the three-quarters of the trainers!”

 Duchess Of State was backed down to 3-4 for the opening maiden and Callan Murray’s mount was travelling like a winner pretty well everywhere except where it mattered and she went down by a neck and a short head to 10-1 shot On The Scent in the Team Valor colours.

Murray reported: “My filly led and led comfortably – and I felt that there was nothing to say that she wasn’t going to win – but she didn’t produce much of a kick.

“It was disappointing.”

Snaith, though, revealed that he had had his fair share of disappointment with the Richard Fourie-ridden winner: “We had been quite bullish first time out but she needed the penny to drop.

“She will come on again from this.”

Many punters expected to get their money back on Track Attack in the next and backed the Dynasty colt from 2-1 to 5-4 accordingly. Keagan de Melo rode a waiting race and early in the straight it looked all over when the gaps opened up like the Red Sea. Sadly, this particular Moses was unable to take full advantage.

He got to the front alright but he couldn’t quicken clear and he was run out of it by the Snaith 14-1 second string Anderson, enterprisingly handled by Robert Khathi.

Dean Kannemeyer, disappointed but quick to see the positives (what else can you do when you train racehorses for a living?), said: “I would like to have won the race but I was pleased with the way he switched off and the way he quickened. “In fact I thought he had it won but, don’t forget, his game is going to be 2 000m.”

Rio Querari was most impressive under Fourie in the last and the owners, somewhat understandably, now have Ready To Run ambitions.

By Michael Clower