Je Ne Sais Quoi has to be the choice for the Tellytrack.com Maiden at Durbanville tomorrow after she came back with more hard luck stories than you would find in the bankruptcy courts when starting favourite at Kenilworth last time.
Craig Zackey tried to come up the rails but, unable to secure anything like a clear run, he had to switch 300m from home only to find his path repeatedly blocked until just inside the 100m pole – and by that time it was too late. The Glen Kotzen filly wore blinkers for the first time that day but presumably they proved more of a hindrance than a help because she races without them tomorrow.
The capable Morne Winnaar takes over and his mount has been installed 5-2 favourite with World Sports Betting. On that last run she should be a good thing but beware – this filly carries a wealth warning. She also started favourite on her two previous most recent starts – she was odds-on when Anton Marcus rode her in January – and was beaten each time. True, she ran well on both occasions but she doesn’t look one to risk too much on.
She is opposed by six of those who took her on last time, most notably Silvery Heights (7-2) who finished over a length in front of her despite being almost as unlucky. Greg Cheyne’s mount lost ground at the start and she was then bumped sufficiently badly for Cheyne to briefly lose an iron. She would have been my selection had she not been drawn widest of all. Mary Moon (9-2), one of four Kotzen runners, also has strong claims.
Empire Glory (28-10) has been marginally preferred in the market for the opening 1 250m maiden by In Full Power who is blinkered for the first time but the Greg Ennion gelding was having his first run since being cut last time and he lost ground at the start. Even so he finished a neck the better of the pair and can confirm those placings.
Louisa May has some useful form over 1 400m and is preferred to fellow 3-1 joint favourite Silver Dazzle and Spirit Festival in the TAB Telebet Maiden.
The Play Soccer 6 Handicap (race three) is wide open but maybe 11-2 shot Bold Assassin can reverse January placings with Parade March.
In the next Middle Wood and Luxemburg head the market after both suffering interference last time. The former has an appalling draw – even over ten furlongs it has an impact on this course – but hopefully Corne Orffer can work out how to overcome it.
BLOB In the past month 11 of Michael Clower’s 24 selections have won, giving a profit of R112.00 to a R10 stake.
By Michael Clower