Planning programmes for individual horses between all the compulsory vaccinations is not one of a trainer’s favourite occupations but in the end it’s a case of ‘crack on’.
With the Highveld spring season fast approaching Sean Tarry will be turning the screws a little tighter in anticipation and Mythical Bolt could be one of his principal flag-bearers this season.
Mythical Bolt promised much last season but never really lived up to expectations, scoring a single victory in just nine outings, while knocking at the door.
After running Van Halen to a neck in a feature on Vodacom Durban July day, the vet was called in three weeks later and Mythical Bolt steps out at the Vaal tomorrow two stone lighter and the ante-post market suggests that he could be the one to beat. The lay-off is something of a concern but he does show a touch of class and gelding could make all the difference.
Capetown Affair also races as a gelding for the first time and with apprentice Jeff Syster giving 4kg relief in the saddle from a good draw in a small field, Ashley Fortune’s gelding could prove the biggest threat to the 12-10 favourite.
Mythical Bolt could provide Pick 6 punters with a possible banker on what is another tricky mid-week card but PA punters should have their perms cut to six legs with Machali a firm favourite in the opening leg. Candice Dawson’s filly has not been out since July but has shown enough to suggest that if not winning, she should definitely be in the first three.
In the third, the five-year-old mare Piccadilly Square is a weak market leader but Brett Webber’s mare has been consistent and was narrowly beaten last outing. She has a plum draw and but could have most to fear from the lightly raced Rachel. Paul Peter’s filly returns from a fair break but does have some scope and could be worth following.
The fourth is a tricky handicap. Irrevocable Dream has yet to finish out of the first two and appears to have some scope. Lucky Houdalakis gave him a break after winning second time out and his colt made a promising seasonal debut when going down late after making most of the running. Second run after a lay-off could come into play but he has a good draw which will help his chances.
The eight-year-old Hidden Agenda has been ultra consistent of late and with a 4kg claimer up he will be very dangerous while the Mike de Kock pair of Fired Up and Ashbaal will have their supporters.
In the fifth, the 5-1 about Ancient Spirit in the ante-post market looks tempting. Johan Janse van Vuuren’s mare won well on the Hollywoodbets Greyville poly last run and that form has been well franked with the runner up, Wildly In Love, having won twice since. Early 22-10 favourite is Florida Quays who has not been out of the first two since joining Paul Peter after the untimely death of Stanley Ferreira but it will get harder now although she has a strong chance of a hat-trick. Abelie is another with consistent recent form and made all to win last her last start.
It will be all hands on deck for the final two races on the card but in the seventh, El ‘Zara made a winning debut for her new stable and had useful KZN form before that and could be the right one here. Try Charm shed her maiden in Kimberley but was not far back in feature company last time out while Fly Away showed promise in her first two starts but was reported not striding out in the SA Fillies Nursery. That was back in early May so the lay-off is a concern but she does appear to have a touch of class.
The last is a punter’s nightmare, with past form having little more than a length separating many of the fancied runners and if you are still running in the exotics, I hope that you have loaded up.
Claremorris, Phillydelphia, Queen Of War and Celestial Fire are al must inclusions although the list of possible winners does not stop there.
By Andrew Harrison