Phinda Mzala can go the trip

PUBLISHED: 28 February 2020

Basadi Faith (JC Photographics)

There is a ten race meeting at Turffontein Inside on Saturday and there look to be some fair opportunities for punters, although this course can occasionally throw some upset results.

In the first race over 1450m Phinda Mzala was doing his best work late over 1160m last time and will relish this step up in trip so should go close. Magic Blaze was rushed up handy after a slow start over 1000m on debut before fading, but he looks the part and although by Var he is out of Grade 2 Gold Bowl winner Magic Smoke so should stay this trip. 

In the second race over 1450m Powder Puff has run decent races over sprints and should relish the step up in trip on pedigree. Mynage is an interesting first-timer being by Pomodoro out of the fair three-time winning Mullins Bay mare Tinchy Stryder.

Basadi Faith (JC Photographics)
Basadi Faith (JC Photographics)

In the first leg of the PA Wylie Wench is by the decent sire Wylie Hall and caught the eye on debut over the too sharp 1200m. She can go close here over a step up in trip she will appreciate if able to overcome a wide draw. Pucker Up and Flower Season can also be included in the PA from better draws.

In the first leg of the Pick 6 over 1200m Mount Everest makes most appeal as he is improving and now over an ideal trip and from a plum draw gets the blinkers on. Doublethink has done well in all his runs except for two in which he wore blinkers, but he has a tough draw. The Pink Panther is also widely drawn but he showed promise early in his career and there were signs of a form return last time. 

In the second leg of the Pick 6 over 1600m Tyrus Express went close when running on over 1800m last time and although this might be a touch sharp he has a plum draw and should be involved. Spooky and Untamed Tiger should also be included.

In the sixth race over 1200m Oden returns to his best trip of 1200m over which he is unbeaten in three outings. He clearly did not quite stay 1400m last time and should go close here, although his wide draw makes it tough. Scoop might find this a touch sharp but he has ability and a plum draw, so will be a threat. 

In the seventh over 1200m Riverstown could outclass them and although this trip is a touch sharp he gets the blinkers on from a good draw. Spiritofthegroove will also find it a bit sharp but will be finishing strongly. 

In the eighth over 1000m La Bella Mia is particularly good around the turn, as she proved when winning the Grade 2 Post Merchants over this trip at Greyville. She is the joint best in at the weights and is well drawn. Rebel’s Champ is in fine form but does have a tricky draw to overcome. Basadi Faith will do well from pole position if benefiting from her last run and as she always had scope she can now return to her top class early form.

In the ninth race over 1800m Therevada has his peak run over an ideal distance and has a fair draw. Marshall Foch is in fine form and although the step up in trip is a touch concerning he has a good draw and Kennedy knows how to relax them. Last Of The Legend has ability and is off a competitive mark over a suitable trip. Zeal And Zest is course and distance suited. Hellofaride has shown promise before and has a fair draw over a suitable trip in his second run as a gelding.

In the last race over 1450m Full Mast is the one to beat dropping back to an ideal trip with Marco van Rensburg staying aboard.    

By David Thiselton