Paul Peter and Warren Kennedy have struck up a good partnership and Kennedy in particular has got his new season off to a cracking start. He teams up with the Peter-trained Lighthearted in the seventh at Turffontein tomorrow where punters face a tricky card on the standside track.
Lighthearted appears to have a touch of class and could prove a little too good for his older rivals where Prince Jordan and Master Boulder look fairly evenly matched judged on their last effort and there should not be much between them again. But a bigger threat could come from In The Game who made marked improvement last start and has a handy weight with useful apprentice Nathan Klink in the irons again.
In the third, Final Occasion is a lightly raced four-year-old but he has been making steady improvement of late. The step up to 2400m should suit Geoff Woodruff’s runner and he could provide for a banker in the PA as the opposition looks particularly weak.
The first five races on the card are maidens. In the opening leg of the Pick 6, Peter and Kennedy team up with Little Sparrow who has come to hand of late and can have her consistency rewarded. Chris Erasmus sends out Hightail who let the side down in a Maiden Handicap last time out after starting favourite. That support was no doubt prompted by her smart previous effort. If she finds that form, she can give Little Sparrow plenty of cheek.
Maiden Handicaps give those horses at the bottom of the barrel a chance to earn for hard-pressed owners but four of the ten runners in the Betting World Maiden Handicap are still under sufferance, Global Exposure by as much as 14kg. He ‘boasts’, if that’s the right word, of two placings in 20 starts and surely should be out to pasture by now. That said, Blanco was not too far back from a tricky draw last start and Woodruff’s runner can build on that effort. Joey Soma saddles the five-year-old Causeway Cruiser who has managed a single start in each of the past three years so obviously has issues. But he was not far back from a difficult draw last start and can do better on the standside track. Rock Manor was a beaten favourite at his last two. The extra furlong could suit and he may be another threat to the selection.
The sixth is a wide open handicap for fillies and mares. Kilconnel Lass has been knocking at the door and is due a change of fortune but Just Kidding came on nicely from her first start to shed her maiden. Gary Alexander’s filly is lightly raced and could be anything. Of the balance, Starlighttemptress is in good form and her last win was over this distance.
In the eighth, Westwing Belter found good market support last outing and only just failed. She could be worth another chance. Dorrie Sham saddles Dive Captain who made a smart handicap debut and the form of her maiden win has held up so she must be a big runner.
In the last, Snow In Seattle is due a change of luck after a long stretch of places and the form of his last effort has held up. Dark horse could come in the form of Candice Dawson’s mare Goa with Kennedy aboard. She was coming off a long break last time out and probably needed that run but she has shown ability and is one to watch in the market.
By Andrew Harrison