Punters face a tricky card on the Greyville poly today, the opening leg of the Pick 6 an example with any one of the nine runners in with a winning chance. Michael Roberts saddles Kingsmead who reverts to his favourite course and distance and who looks due for a change of fortune after a string of runner-up berths on the poly.
Kingsmead finished behind Cumulus – also in this race – last run but the former has shown his best form over today’s course and distance and can turn the tables. Louis Goosen is a wizz with sprinters and Di Mazzio is quick and goes well on the poly. Apprentice Jason Gates is full value for his 2.5kg claim if he can keep it all together, but Di Mazzio is still 2.5kg worse off with Kinsgmead given their last meeting.
These three look the principal contenders but a win for any of the field would not come as a major surprise.
In the first race, the Chesney van Zyl-trained Clear Horizons trialled well and then made a smart debut proper when a close-up second to the well-regarded Highveld raider Sarah from the red-hot Paul Peter yard. The experience could give her an edge over first-timer Naoshima and Nymeria who comes from a Highveld stable that does well with juveniles and she has improved with each outing.
If the ratings prove correct, the opening leg of the Pick 6 looks a straight fight between Moschino and Master Of The Sea. Both step up in trip and there was little more than a length between the two when last they met. Moschino is proven on the poly while Master Of The Sea makes his poly debut for Paul Gadsby.
The fourth looks a little more difficult. There should be little between Jamaican Bay and Orient Express, the pair finishing on top of each other in their last outing. Both have consistent form but the latter may just be the right one although Belle Of Paris found strong market support at her last start. This possibly because Marcus was riding and the filly sporting blinkers for the first time but she had some fair form prior to that and now has a 4kg claimer aboard.
The fifth is another tricky race although Forehand impressed with her last win. She still looks capable of better and can follow up but Sweet Mary Lou has been racing in strong feature company and takes a major drop in class. She is back over what looks to be her optimum trip and Forehand will need to make the necessary improvement.
In the sixth, Legend is the class act and if he is ever going to win another race it is this one. He has a fair weight but takes a major drop in class and has also come down a further two pounds in the ratings. Samsonite was not far behind Legend when last they met and this will be his second run after a break so could make further improvement while March Preview showed up well after a lengthy break and is another than can improve off a light weight.
If Nymeria doesn’t do it for Paul Matchett in the first race, Atrevete can supply the travelling expenses in the seventh. She was ante-post favourite for her poly debut before being scratched (no transport) and her Highveld form is promising. The danger could be Spanish Oasis who showed major improvement when tried on the poly in PE. She is lightly raced and should feature here.
If Spanish Oasis obliges, Andre Nel will be looking for a double with Selailai in the last. He is lightly raced and showed up well first up in his local debut on the poly. He looks a live-wire. Ruby Spirit won well in the maidens from a tricky draw. He too showed up well on the poly in his barrier trial so could feature prominently.
By Andrew Harrison