‘Mary’ makes some appeal

PUBLISHED: 24 April 2019

Crome Yellow (Liesl King)

Mary Moon has drifted from 7-2 to 9-2 and at this price she appeals for the Tellytrack.com Maiden at Kenilworth tomorrow.

The Glen Kotzen filly has made the frame in the last two of her four starts and, although she has two lengths to find with Silvery Heights and stable companion Je Ne Sais Quoi on the most recent of them, there are grounds for thinking she can do it. Not least of these is that Bernard Fayd’Herbe rides her for the first time.

Crome Yellow (Liesl King)
Crome Yellow (Liesl King)

But there is more – “She has run well at Durbanville but she will be suited by the longer run-in at Kenilworth,” points out her trainer who is also expecting a good run from Je Ne Sais Quoi. It is surprising to see this one joint favourite (at 33-10) considering she has been as expensive to follow as a millionairess in a diamond emporium. Furthermore she flopped here three weeks ago.

“She broke through the pens that day and sometimes when that happens all the adrenalin goes and they run flat,” explains Kotzen who scratched six of his runners at Durbanville last Saturday, giving rise to fears (among punters at least) that there could be a bug going through the stable. “It is viral related,” Kotzen confirms. “But it is mainly the two-year-olds who are affected and the best thing is to rest them.”

Joint favourite Silvery Heights is half a kilo top-rated, has been beaten little more than a length in total on her last two starts and seems sure to get into the shake-up again. Indeed the race looks to be between the top three.

Outoftheordinary made a big improvement when reverting to 1 200m on his last start two months ago and is rated 3.5kg clear of those who have been given a mark (the top five) in the Play Soccer 6 Maiden. His chance is obvious, he has been backed from 4-1 to 5-2 and is a confident selection. The Brett Crawford Jackson newcomer Khopesh opened 3-1 favourite with World Sports Betting but has drifted out to 4-1while The Last Supper now heads the market at 18-10.

Destin (7-2) is weighted to confirm last time’s Durbanville placings with 22-10 favourite Crome Yellow in the Tabonline Handicap, particularly as he had to overcome a bad draw that day. However Crome Yellow was unlucky not to win – he finished like the proverbial train, making up six lengths in the final furlong – and should make amends here.

The opening two-year-old maiden is a tricky-looking affair but maybe Savvy will improve enough to get the better of form horse Lasata.

By Michael Clower