Lasata, beaten only a neck by the potentially useful Finding Camelot four weeks ago, may just be good enough to get punters off to a winning start in the opening Juvenile Plate at Durbanville tomorrow.
The form was given a slight boost when third-placed Capkuta occupied the same placing behind Mister Vargus in a winners’ race last Saturday but not enough of one to indicate any real confidence in the selection who is 2-1 favourite with World Sports Betting.
Justin Snaith has 40% of the ten horse field and all his four are newcomers – he has won four Cape Town two-year-old races so far this season and two of his winners were making their debuts. Riding arrangements point to Savvy who is an 11-2 chance but the betting would suggest that the Eric Sands newcomer Broadside (3-1) is likely to prove a bigger threat.
Candice Bass-Robinson has won five Cape Town juvenile races (three with first-timers) and she introduces 6-1 shot Snow Report – “A lovely horse and a beautiful mover but I am not sure how he will go first time out. He is a long-striding horse and not an out-and-out speedster.”
Snaith runs another four in race two and Querari newcomer Lead Singer is already as short as 15-20 which suggests that he is hard to oppose. Tree of Wisdom (11-2) was slightly hampered on debut and would have been the selection had he not been drawn nine out of ten.
Race three, also a juvenile maiden but for fillies, has attracted the maximum 14-strong field and is wide open. The form horse is 22-10 favourite Hidden Strings who was beaten little more than half a length when third to Capacity Crowd five weeks ago but Victoria Tower went into the notebook when moving up like a future winner after losing a lot of ground at the start on debut. Admittedly she only finished fourth of six but at 4-1 she is the one that appeals most.
The Bass-Robinson newcomer Elusive Rain (by Elusive Fort out of a Spectrum mare) is a 15-1 shot and has the advantage of both an inside draw and Aldo Domeyer. “She works quite nicely at home,” says her trainer. “She is bred to go quite a bit further but I think she will need the experience.”
Sleeping Single showed improved form last time and is 5-2 favourite for race four. She is taken to win but don’t ignore Dancing For Rain (15-2) who returned from six months off to run way below previous form three weeks ago. “I was very disappointed and I suggest you ignore that run, “says Vaughan Marshall.
By Michael Clower