Savea, who won in good style for the Paddy Kruyer-Anton Marcus old firm at Kenilworth a fortnight ago, appeals at 9-2 in the Betting World Handicap at Durbanville tomorrow.
The four-year-old has been raised 3kg for that win but the manner of his victory – sweeping into the lead in the final furlong and drawing away – suggests there is more to come despite the task being considerably more difficult on paper.
Apollo Ace, winner of two of his last three, and the hat-trick seeking Skidoo are vying for favouritism and are obvious dangers. At the weights the Paul Reeves runner could be the bigger danger.
This is a far trickier card than usual, particularly in the first two races where all but seven of the 27 runners are newcomers. The early money in race two has been for the Glen Kotzen-trained Gayleactic Star whose price has tumbled from 14-1 to 6-1 but it might be worth taking a chance with Our World.
As her name suggests, this filly is closely related to One World- by Coup de Grace, she is out of a half-sister to the Sun Met winner. She was bought by Ken Truter for only R200 000 at the 2019 CTS Premier and runs in the same ownership as One World. Perhaps even more to the point, she is trained by Vaughan Marshall who has few equals when it comes to getting a horse ready first time. At 17-2 she is worth backing each way.
The last race is every bit as intriguing – and just as difficult because the most obvious form choices are badly drawn – and, even over a mile, the draw is important at Durbanville. Morse looked a certain future winner on his last two starts, The Second Wave has been second in his last four but both are drawn halfway to Durbanville town. The equally consistent Radiant Love (15-4) is rated only just behind them and gets the vote.
An interesting runner, albeit weak in the early market, is Marcus’s mount Private General who is by Silvano out of the high class Jet Master mare She’s On Fire. But it’s expecting a fair bit to imagine him collecting on debut against such smart maidens. One to bear in mind at a big price (16-1) is Alfred’s Legacy. Although not particularly well drawn here, he was only a length and a quarter behind Morse last time despite being denied a clear run at a crucial stage.
Meet At The George is Dean Kannmeyer’s only runner of the day and she may just be good enough in the Tabonline.co.za Maiden (race four).
By Michael Clower