Liverpool ‘champs’ for the day

PUBLISHED: 14 August 2019

Master Keys (Candiese Marnewick)

Liverpool Football Club got off to the best possible start in the British Premier League on the weekend and Liverpool Champ could prove an omen for last year’s runner-up in the BPL.

Gavin van Zyl saddles Liverpool Champ in the fourth on the turf at Hollywoodbets Greyville today and along with Velvet Season, these two could provide for an ‘anchor’ in the exotics.

Gelded and blinkered, Liverpool Champ made an inauspicious start to his racing career, finishing a distant fourth behind Silva’s Fling.

Master Keys (Candiese Marnewick)
Master Keys (Candiese Marnewick)

But stretched an extra furlong at his second outing, he made marked improvement, beaten less than a length by Justfortheepenny, coming from well back.

The winner is highly rated and with the extra ground unlikely to pose a problem, Liverpool Champ looks a fair bet.

However, Velvet Season has yet to finish out of the money since being fitted with blinkers and was beaten a whisker last time out. His best recent form has been on the ploy track but he has also done well on the turf and looks the most likely ‘Manchester City’ threat to Liverpool Champ’s chances.

Quant Master and Matterhorn have the obvious form to back their claims in the opening leg of the Pick 6, Quant Master possibly the pick of the pair. Robbie and Shannon Hill’s runner was all at sea first time around the Scottsville bend. His race was run as he compounded behind Loosen Your Tie but the latter has franked that form with some forward showings in feature race company. Quant Master putting up some useful sprint form down the straight and although he goes the turn again today, he now has the experience and from the best draw and a top rider in Donovan Dillon aboard, he should be right there.

Matterhorn made a smart debut when weakening late on debut when fourth behind Alibi Guy and third-placed Liberty Hall subsequently finished runner-up in the Grade 1 Premier’s Champion Stakes.

It is difficult to argue against that form and with the pair drawn alongside each other, tactics will play a big role.

Hill Street Blues may be pick of the balance but these two look set to dominate.

The handicappers have been slow to reduce the rating of Techno Captain, much to the chagrin of Paul Gadsby, but although he shoulders top weight in the fifth, he now looks to be off a competitive mark and can convert his consistency into a fifth win. He has shown consistent form over shorter which has probably been to his detriment as far as the handicapping goes, but does seems better suited to today’s 1800m trip.

This is not easy race however and amongst others, all of Viento, Sea Sponge and Frozen Tune need to be included in the exotics.

The sixth is another tricky event but Simply Russian has some smart juvenile form in good company. The form of her maiden win has panned out and she could prove too classy. Scarlet Chill has won both starts for her new stable but took a five-point penalty for her last win and has a big weight to shoulder but stable companion Roy’s Pony is knocking at the door and is another that can feature.

The seventh is made difficult in that there are a number of runners who are a touch off form but quite capable should they find their best. Of those in form, Master Keys won well last time out and has a touch of class. Petra is another who is more than capable on her best form. She has not been far back in her last two sprints and with the blinkers off she can do better over this longer trip.

Finally, in the last, Captain Demonami won a strong maiden last run and that form has since been franked. From the best of the draw he should again feature prominently.  Someone Exciting is lightly raced and was a beaten favourite last start and although taking on males she stacks as the most likely threat to the selection.

By Andrew Harrison