There is one certainty at Hollywoodbets Greyville today! If you catch any of the exotics you are sure to make a decent profit on a card that is not for the fainthearted. A mixture of Maidens and lowly handicaps is a recipe for good returns for those that do their homework but there will be plenty of casualties on the way.
There is not a single stand-out in any of the eight races, all on the synthetic track, a point illustrated in the second race, opening leg of the Place Accumulator, where Computaform has marked all nine runners as possible winners.
However, Accidental Tourist is showing signs of life again after being tried in cheek pieces and although the mare is carded to carry the steadier of 63kg, Duncan Howells has booked 4kg claiming apprentice Thabiso Gumede and the mare is on her favourite surface. Georgina Rose surprised on debut but won well enough to suggest that she is capable of further improvement and may be a threat while Raymond Danielson is down to ride for Alyson Wright so Someone Exciting, who was not too far back against much stronger last start, can also finish prominently.
Howells could be in line for a quick double as he saddles Coldhardcash in the third. Talented but with issues the gelding is quick and can follow up on his recent victory when just holding on over course and distance. Royal Rustler has his peak run after returning from a lengthy break and his two runs back have been promising. Into the Future has shown promise and makes his seasonal debut and does appear to have some scope. One to watch is recent maiden winner Dispicable who landed a nice touch on debut. Although a late starter, making his debut as a four-year-old, he made it look easy and from a plum draw, he could be anything and again is one to watch in the market.
In the fourth, Andre Nel sends out Crimea who makes her local debut. She comes with some promising Cape form and may be the one to beat. She takes on some modest company where Preferential could prove the pick. Wright’s filly was a beaten favourite last run but takes to the poly for the first time and the extra furlong should suit.
The fifth is another wide open handicap but Gibraltar Green has been barking at the door for some time now and it could open today. He was narrowly beaten at his last three and goes well over course and distance. He is due a change of fortune. Deposition has been in two tough races since his maiden win and the form of the last was franked on Sunday with Favour winning again. Techno Captain is never far back of late and stays the trip while Liverpool Champ was a recent maiden winner but does look to have some scope and his supporters will be hoping that he can emulate the soccer team he was named after.
The sixth is another lowly fillies and mares handicap but Sheza Rockstar was not far back when stepped up in trip last outing and from a good draw can go one better. Lowan Denysschen is having a run and Such A Rush could prove the pick of his two runners as she is back over her preferred distance and the stable has hit form.
What A Blast is back on what looks to be his preferred surface and will have his supporters in the eighth. He has been in good form since shedding his maiden and took on stronger last time out. Legend has a big weight but is overdue another win after showing consistent recent form while Gimme A Cohiba, Nicklaus and Gimme Peace are all big runners in another difficult handicap.
Dean Kannemeyer comes off a four-timer on Sunday and Arrabiata came round off the meeting with Marry In Haste, having her first run for Nathan Kotzen, Miss Missourie and Sacred Blues all threats.
By Andrew Harrison