Turffontein Inside track has a nine race meeting tomorrow and there has been some welcome rain this week which should lead to easier going.
Three-year-old prospect Gin Fizz appears in the fifth race, a Graduation Plate over 1450m, and is best in at the weights. Last time out she just failed to beat the highly regarded Vistula in the Grade 2 Joburg Spring Fillies and Mares Challenge over this course and distance. The concern is that she threatened to over race on that occasion before a strong pacemaker allowed her to drop in and settle in second. There does not appear to be pace in this race and she is drawn wide so she might have to lead. Four-year-old filly Green Top is well regarded by Alec Laird and is only half-a-kilogram under sufferance. The blinkers are back on after she was beaten 9,5 lengths by Gin Fizz in that last race and she also has her third run after a long layoff, so hopefully can bounce back.
Against The Grain is 4kg under sufferance with Gin Fizz and has his second run after a long layoff, but is talented and the trip is ideal. Urban Rock is 11kg under sufferance with Gin Fizz but looks capable of rising above his merit rating and has a plum draw. However, on pedigree, being by Seventh Rock out of Black Minnaloushe sprinter Mary Stuart, there is a slight stamina doubt. Tiger’s Rock is a whopping 12,5kg under sufferance and does not make much appeal. Glider Pilot will find this too sharp and is returning from a 483 day layoff. Over Sharing’s recent form is uninspiring and Shadows Night will be outgunned.
The meeting starts with a Maiden over 1200m and Eppagilia makes appeal as one with plenty of scope and having his second run after gelding from a better draw than last time.
In the second over 1600m Oyster King was caught in second place without cover last time and still stayed on for a close third so could prevail this time from a better draw. Cairon made a good front-running debut over 1450m and with expected improvement should go close from a plum draw. G I JOE quickened well to hit the front over 1200m last time before being run out of it and he has done well over this trip before, but it is his second run after a layoff and he has a tough draw.
In the first leg of the PA Eightfold’s Lass drops back to her favourite 1600m trip and is well drawn. The enigmatic Aurelia Cotta has been consistent over this trip lately and is drawn in pole. Evening Bell is talented and could run well fresh over a trip too sharp.
In the first leg of the Pick 6 over 2000m Atomic Blonde is well regarded so is interesting stepped up in trip. Festive Linngari will relish the course and distance from a good draw and Rocky Path is ultra consistent. Tough Choice is in good form but was given a four point raise last time and So Long Spring could be involved if reproducing her run in September over course and distance. In For A Penny could be dangerous from a good draw with a 1,5kg claimer up if taken to the front.
In the sixth over 1450m Hartleyfour might well be looking for this trip and is well drawn. Category Four has a fine chance from a good draw and African Rock should also be involved. Pidgeon Rock must be included although he has to prove he stays the trip and Pop Icon can be considered despite a wide draw as he waltzed home in his first try at this trip.
In the next Flash Burn has undoubted talent and is well drawn over an ideal course and distance. His stablemate Culture Trip won well last time and is the danger.
In the eighth over 1450m Marygold won well on debut and starts handicapping off a reasonable mark so can remain unbeaten. Golden Spiral is in fine form and Kapama emerges well on formlines, but both have tough draws. Querari Ferrari can be considered from a good draw off a reasonable opening mark and The Sash is capable so could bounce back with this good draw.
In the last over 1000m Arikel’s form has been franked and she is taken to beat the consistent Claremorris and Black Ferrari, who is better than her last lacklustre outing.
By David Thiselton