Point Of Sale did not have a barrier trial which had some observant punters hot under the collar when she made her debut at Scottsville earlier this month but officials have cut some slack regarding problem horses at a trainer’s request.
Point Of Sale, sporting earmuffs, was in the paddock a good 10 minutes before the rest of the field and left the paddock five minutes before them but showed no signs of being unruly. However, Glen Kotzen, on veterinary advice, was given special dispensation because he had been struggling with the filly’s shins.
In any event, she turned in a cracking first run, gong down narrowly to Angel Bouquet. Warren Kennedy will again be aboard and they can go one better when she lines up in the third, first leg of the Pick 6, on the Greyville poly this afternoon and she is already odds-on in the ante-post market.
Jack’s Bird did have a barrier trial where she was allowed to run along in the hands but turned in a smart debut when finishing second to Captains Love at long odds last month. Other than these two, the field is a little thin on form but the year-older Duchess Lane is far better than her last effort when finishing behind Jack’s Bird while Cop That should prefer the extra.
Miss Jagger has drawn up Marriott Road but should have a bright chance in the fourth. Chesney van Zyl has taken a little time to get to grips with the Summerveld routine since re-locating from the Highveld but his horses are finally turning the corner. Miss Jagger had shown steady improvement before the move and she trialled well.
She will also much prefer today’s 1600m trip but Isikhwami Sami, who has the form to be a big danger, has a plum draw at 2. Her two best runs have been over course and distance and she is a must inclusion in any exotics. Ruby Slippers and Hey Jude look pick of the balance.
Stuart Pettigrew is an accomplished trainer of stayers and American Indian has his first run for the Randjiesfontein trainer after showing consistent form for Ormond Ferraris. This is Pettigrew’s only runner on the day and if American Indian can carry his form through, he is likely to be difficult to beat although he will not be short of opposition.
Silver God was down the field in the Cup Trial but was just over a length back to Eyes Wide Open in the WSB 1900. Silva’s Bullet has been costly to follow but is still marginal favourite with Track And Ball and it is only a matter of time before he lands another victory.
Cape Bluebell has come to hand again and was doing her best work late when beaten less than a length by the promising Marsanne jumping from the worst of the draw. She is back to a sprint when she lines up in the sixth but has drawn mid-field which should help her cause. Call Me Winter tried to make all when stretched to 1400m again but ran out of petrol in the last 100m. She is well suited to today’s trip and should be right there from a good draw. Of the balance, Dream Dancer, current ante-post favourite, was narrowly beaten last run in spite of losing a shoe in the running while top weight Tweed Valley is consistent but does seem best over a furlong shorter.
The seventh is a Fillies and Mares 62 Handicap, a minefield if ever there was one. Blue Flower was not far back in her poly debut and boast some useful Cape form. Written is better than her last effort and has been doing well against stronger. The extra furlong should suit and the Highveld form is generally a little stronger when it comes to the lower divisions.
In the last, another Fillies and Mares 62 Handicap, Oloye is way better than her last effort when drawn badly and she is back on her favourite surface. Current favourite Cherry Pop may have found her last run a touch far but back over shorter with first time blinkers could see her home.
By Andrew Harrison