Rockin Russian primed for victory

PUBLISHED: 17 May 2019

Regal Graduation (JC Photographics)

The eight race meeting at Turffontein Inside tomorrow features the Listed Syringa Handicap over 1600m and Rockin Russian deserves a change in luck after interference close to home last time appeared to have cost her victory in a 1400m Assessment Plate.

The side on view of that incident showed Rockin Russian moving up to win but then having her momentum suddenly taken away so it was surprising when the head on proved she was intimidated and bumped that the objection was overruled.

However, the run proved that she was in a good space and drawn two off a competitive merit rating over a suitable trip she should go close under Lyle Hewitson.

Regal Graduation (JC Photographics)
Regal Graduation (JC Photographics)

Regal Graduation has improved as a four-year-old and has been consistent from 1160m up to 1450m. She was staying on well last time over 1400m against some decent males so should now start enjoying this trip.

Folk Dance looked to be a top prospect at one stage when winning the Grade 3 Fillies Mile easily but she never had much luck with draws. She then started becoming disappointing as she did have one or two races where the draw was in her favour. However, last time out in the Scarlet Lady over 1750m at Scottsville she bounced back to form by finishing a 2,60 length third to the useful Miyabi Gold. The ground was soft that day, whereas it is likely to be fast tomorrow, so there are question marks whether that run heralded a real turning of the corner or not.

Penny Royal is a well-bred daughter of Captain Al and from a good draw she can make her presence felt as she has done well in two runs with pacifiers fitted. She should get this trip.

High Seas Beauty was staying on after a slow start last time when just a head behind Penny Royal. She has won over a mile before.

Flying Fable was a touch unlucky in the Grade 1 Empress Club Stakes over this trip and before that won over a a mile at the Vaal in fine style. She should bounce back here but against her is a tough draw of 16.

Bullsade is much improved and interesting over this trip. She is 1,5kg worse off with Penny Royal for a length beating and she is drawn in pole.

Cashel Palace has always shown some class and over an ideal trip should have a chance despite having to carry top weight.

Those are the one which make most appeal and they are selected in the order mentioned.

The previous race is an interesting Pinnacle Stakes event over 1800m which has a number of Vodacom Durban July entries involved.  

Cash Time is the selection as he is drawn in pole and should continue his improved form with blinkers. The main danger looks to be Cape Derby winner Atyaab. The front-runner Pilou should also have a fine chance at this tight track as he appeared to go too slowly in front the last time he tried this trip and was swamped, so he could make amends here and stretch them out in front.

By David Thiselton