Keep Smiling can fight it out

PUBLISHED: 26 April 2019

Deerupt (JC Photographics)

The Turffontein Inside track stages a low key nine race meeting tomorrow and most of the races are competitive, so the exotics could be the way to go.

The first leg of the Bipot should be fought out by Keep Smiling and Flying High who both made fair debuts when staying on over this same 1200m trip. They both have scope for improvement but Keep Smiling was up against males on debut so will appreciate being against her own gender now and she has a better draw.

In the first leg of the PA Super Fine can be bankered. She made the pace from a wide draw over this 1200m course and distance last time and just failed. This time she is well drawn and being by Duke Of Marmalade would have improved. However, Jay Bomb will be a big threat as she ran on well from draw ten of ten to be beaten just 1,80 lengths by Super Fine last time and this time from a fair draw under Gavin Lerena should be closer to the pace.

Deerupt (JC Photographics)
Deerupt (JC Photographics)

In the first leg of the Pick 6 Petroni Vini ran on well over 1000m last time with first time blinkers on to finish a 1,90 length third. He is a rangy type with scope and should relish the step up in trip so has a shout from pole position. The two-year-old Union Castle has plenty of scope and ran on well last time over this trip so he will be the biggest danger, despite having to face Petroni Vini on terms 5,5kg worse than weight for age. Written In Stone beat Petroni Vini easily over this trip in his penultimate start but now has a tough draw, although he can be included in the Pick 6 and PA.

In the first leg of the Jackpot Deerupt is not the most imposing but her 79 merit rating looks attractive considering her from against some good sorts in Assessment Plates. She has a plum draw of three over this 1200m trip. Topweight Casual Wear usually runs over shorter but has some class and as a handy type will be dangerous from draw two. Peppermint Tea, Mazari and Generous Notion can also be included although it is an open race and others can also be considered.

In the sixth race over 1600m Flash Burn is going the right way and makes appeal from a plum draw despite being officially out at the weights with the two fillies. Bize has class but will find this a touch sharp and Captain’s Princess was unlucky last time when stepped up to this trip for the first time. 

Trip To Troy makes appeal in the seventh over 1450m as he is distance suited, well drawn and has come down to an attractive merit rating. Shortstop and Missouri can also be included.

In the eighth over 2000m Slay The Dragon stayed on resolutely over 1600m last time and should enjoy this trip so is the one to beat. Jose Di Nero has hard-knocking form from 1200m to 1600m and tries a step up in trip and will be thereabouts if he stays, although on pedigree there is a stamina doubt. Vetri Vel, Dry Your Eyes and Mr Cuddles have to be included too.

In the last race over 2000m Jive Express and Ideal Cut will relish the step up in trip and hard knocking Jungle Jane can also be included.

By David Thiselton