Jean’s Man looks worth an interest in the opening maiden juvenile at Durbanville today even though the big prices have already gone.
Bernard Fayd’Herbe’s mount opened at 6-1 with World Sports Betting over the weekend but this was down to 33-10 yesterday morning when Betting World was offering the same price. Billy Prestage mentioned just before taking on General Franco six weeks ago that his horse had been showing a lot of speed at home and Jean’s Man finished a highly promising fourth of 11. He missed a subsequent Durbanville engagement because of a swollen off-fore.
“He had a scratch that went septic – very common at Milnerton – and it took longer to come right than I would have liked,” said Prestage yesterday before adding about the debut run “I thought he would have been doing better at the end of the race than he did but he was a bit warm in the shins afterwards.”
As Prestage points out, the form of that April 16 race is mixed even if you ignore the General’s subsequent flop. Runner-up Three Two Charlie went on to win emphatically at Durbanville while third-placed Stormin Norman (in opposition again here) was only fourth next time
“Personally I think Grey Ferrari will be a hard horse to beat,” says Prestage. “But I am looking forward to Jean’s Man. He has lots of speed and he should go well.”
Grey Ferrari (9-2) is close with Jean’s Man on a line through Three Two Charlie while Joie De Vivre was a neck behind Grey Ferrari here last time and is 33-10 favourite. The 11-2 shot Stormin Norman also has claims but the selection has the advantage of Fayd’Herbe and that may swing it.
Fayd’Herbe has a favourite’s chance on Scottish Ally in the Tabonline.co.za Maiden Juvenile two races later. The 13-10 shot disappointed last time but had to switch. However Mon Cherie gets marginal preference at 3-1. Greg Cheyne’s mount has been showing signs of improvement and she didn’t get a clear run when beaten five lengths by Roll In The Hay who went on to finish a respectable sixth in the Allan Robertson.
Wadi Rum (5-2) had Kingston Rock nearly a length behind when they met here last month and the in-form Robert Khathi’s mount can confirm the placings in the Betting World Maiden, particularly as his rival is badly drawn and his trainer Mike Robinson showed he has his horses in winning form with Transylvania on Saturday.
Veld Flower went close on debut despite being hampered and is well-nigh impossible to oppose in the Tab Telebet Maiden despite being odds-on with both the big two.
By Michael Clower