There have been some big win payouts in recent weeks and although there may not be any in the R100 range at Hollywoodbets Greyville this evening, there should still be some decent dividends on a card that is none too easy. One hopes that it does not turn out to be a black Friday for punters.
Wayne Badenhorst scored a long-priced double last Sunday with Bordeaux paying R97 a win followed by Lady Legend, R10 on the tote. He saddles Mai Tai in the seventh, the Henro Bulk FM 76 Handicap, and he should know where he’s at with the filly after she takes on some seasoned but well exposed older rivals.
A winner on debut, she ran a cracker in a graded feature on July day and was then put away for the balance of the season.
She recently made her seasonal debut in a fillies handicap and was not far off Accidental Tourist. With that run to her credit, she should strip a lot fitter this evening and she does looks to have some scope whereas most of the opposition is pretty much in their place.
Sorting out the balance is difficult but Extravargant has been up against stronger of late. She has a big weight but should feature from draw one. Song Of The Forest gave Louis Goosen his first winner since moving to Summerveld, coming home unchallenged, but she does take on a lot stronger here. Suzie Woo was in need of her last start and along with Purple Persuasion, cannot be overlooked.
The Campbells Cargo Graduation Plate is a sample of what punters will be up against all evening with all seven runners in with a chance. Nikiya is not well in at these weights and is the rank outsider in the seven-horse field, but has been finishing off her races nicely. She may just have needed her last run with her best recent form on the poly. With a stronger rider up, Michael Roberts could be leading in his home-bred filly. Favourite Made In Hollywood is well in at these weights, a point that did not escape Anton Marcus. However, she does have some patchy form on the Highveld before being moved to KZN after Ormond Ferraris handed in his licence. Peter Muscutt, who runs Brett Crawford’s KZN satellite yard, has brought out some improvement with the addition of a tongue-tie and Made In Hollywood did have valid excuses last time out after pulling a shoe in the race and finishing up lame.
She looks the biggest threat to the selection although Dive Captain and Petra will not be without their supporters.
Roberts could have a fruitful evening even though his runners have been virtually ignored in the market.
He saddles Hand On Heart in the fourth who looks to be fair value at 16-1 ante-post.
Lightly raced, he has his third run after a lay-off and made good improvement last time out. The draw is a concern but the addition of blinkers could bring out the best in the gelding.
In the last race of the evening Roberts sends out At The Opera. He’s had a few chances but has seldom been far back and apart from taking a further drop in the ratings, he has the best of the draw after having drawn 12 out of 12 at his previous start. The lightly raced Agent Murphy and Mokoko head up this market.
By Andrew Harrison