Visiting trainers Paul Peter and Paul Matchett are launching a concerted raid at Hollywoodbets Scottsville today, Peter in particular who sends out six runners three of which are favourites on the nine-race card.
Point Of Sale in the first looked the obvious choice to bolster finances before the start of the exotic bets, but she has a date in the Gr2 Gagasi FM Debutante on Saturday and the stipes have given permission to scratch from today’s race.
This leaves a choice between Katie’s Treasure and Talia Al Ghul, the former possible the pick after her smart showing at just her second start.
Matchett has only one runner on the day and Doublethink will have a host of supporters in the second. He has useful Highveld sprint form but could prefer this trip. From a good draw he should feature. Liverpool Champ looks a likely threat. He was a well a beaten fourth on debut but that form has worked out quite well and the experience should count.
Arizona Silk was not too far behind the promising Alibi Guy last time out and the addition of blinkers and Anton Marcus could see him convert favouritism in the third. However, Stolen Paradise was in need of his last outing and looks fair value at 10-1 for Duncan Howells and a very much in form Donovan Dillon.
Top weight Johnny Black is likely to start top of the boards for the apprentice handicap. The gelding has his second start for Alyson Wright and takes a drop in class here. It shouldn’t be that easy though with Great Stohvanen and Blaze Of Silk likely to push him all the way.
The first of the Peter favourites come up in the fifth where Nazareth will be a popular choice having gone close in two recent starts over the distance and from a good draw should feature again. Hope For Millions and Little Sparrow, stable companion to Nazareth, both have chances while Blanket Of Snow found good market support last run and was not far back. She can do better here.
Justin Snaith is packing up and heading south with VDJ winner Do It Again already on his way, but Snaith still has a few more fish to fry. Ladder Man was close-up in useful company last outing and has his third run after a break. Legend is not the easiest but has been knocking at the door for some time now and is due a change of fortune and could prove the biggest threat although another Paul Peter runner, Tripple Z, is current ante-post favourite.
A smart field of sprinters line up in the seventh where all of Cumulus, Woodstock Festival, Ultra Magnus and ante-post favourite Big Blue Marble are in with chances.
Marsanne goes into the eighth unbeaten in two and the stable hold her in high regard. But she takes to the turf for the first time over a shorter trip which could leave the door open for Linear who ran a cracking race first up out of the maidens.
Before Noon can close off the meeting. Sean Tarry’s runner won well last start and although he meets second placed Viento on 2kg worse terms he looks capable of going in again. The Peter’s-trained Corrido has some fair Highveld form, is distance suited and looks pick of the balance.
By Andrew Harrison