Rampancy got a solid workout in her barrier trial so Dennis Drier’s filly will know all about it when she lines up in the All To Come Juvenile Maiden at Scottsville today.
She caught the eye on the paddock and Sean Veale did the rest as he punched her out to the line. Whether she is good enough, only the race will tell as she takes on an almost full compliment.
Rampancy will have a race on her hands as Rose Moon showed up well in her trial and followed up with a smart effort behind subsequent Gr1 Allan Robertson Championship winner Miss Florida. That fact has not by-passed Anton Marcus who replaces Australia-bound Brandon Lerena in the saddle.
Ahead of Rose Moon in her barrier trial was Katie’s Treasure. Paul Lafferty’s filly proved to be a bit of a handful when making her debut but that was against males in the Godolphin Barb where she tired late behind African Warrior. Back in the maidens against her own sex, she must rate a solid winning chance.
The card has the all the hallmarks of a punter’s minefield and in cases like this it often pays to follow the in-form trainers and jockeys. Marcus is often deadly in the early exchanges and also has a promising card. He partners Arctic Princess for Glen Kotzen in the second, a trainer in a rich vein of form at present. Arctic Princess was all over the place in her barrier trial on the Greyville poly track but that was back in April and she is sure to have come on from that effort in the interim.
Rainbow Unicorn made a smart debut when trying 1400m first crack out of the box and Kom Naidoo’s filly looks a lively threat under Mark Khan but has a dreaded 14 draw to overcome and the better drawn, year older Winter Retreat could prove a better proposition, Shane Humby’s filly making just her third start and her second after a break.
The opening leg of the Pick 6 is filled with speed with Miss Frankel and Antony Hotspur most likely to make the running and the balance chasing.
Miss Frankel is quick and beat the smart Neptune’s Rain last time out. She was giving the SA Fillies Sprint fourth 8.5kg but it was still a tremendous effort. Antony Hotspur has had a stop-start career so far and it appears that Alistair Gordon has his work cut out keeping him together. But he is smart and showed up well in his comeback run.
Isca, Kateecador and visiting Whorly Whorly must all rate chance while My Majestic Glory has his first run back as a gelding and can also surprise.
Bedazzled Joker and Fives Wild renew rivalry in the fourth. There was less than a length separating them when last they met and the former is now 1.5kg better off. Alyson Wright’s gelding has been knocking at the door of late and with Marcus back in the saddle he can turn the tables although Fives Wild has come well for Naidoo. Arriving in his yard a R3k purchase and a one-time winner, he has repaid his connections many times over.
In the fifth, Padre Pio won on debut for Dennis Bosch and was not too far back in feature company at his next outing. This is not a strong field and his class could see him through. The filly Silver Raisin is down in class had the worst of the draw last run. She is much better drawn here while Techno Captain is dropping steadily in the handicap and was not far back last run. At best he will go close.
In the sixth, Cherry Pop has had two sprints since returning from a lengthy break. This could prove a much better trip and she races in a tongue-tie for the first time. Pina Colada has another tricky draw but went close from the worst draw last time out and must have a chance here although the race is wide open.
Flaming Desire caused a major upset when winning last time out but that form has since held up with Suzie Woo franking that form. However, she does not have the best of legs and firm ground could compromise her chances in the seventh in another wide open event. Biker Babe was not far back from a tough draw last time out and is holding form while Barinois is in good form but is drawn one inside of Biker Babe on the outside.
By Andrew Harrison