Sanskrift can give Candice Bass-Robinson her third successive Perfect Promise Sprint win at Kenilworth on Sunday when the Milnerton trainer is responsible for three of the seven runners.
The sahorseracing computer predicts that victory will go to stable companion Drama Queen with Keagan de Melo’s mount only third but Sanskrift was held in high regard even before she went close on debut and she was most convincing when she followed up at Durbanville a fortnight ago. “I didn’t expect her to turn it on like she did,” said an impressed De Melo.
Sanskrift was a 3-1 chance when World Sports Betting posted its prices yesterday but fortunately not favourite, a doubtful honour awarded to stable companion Drama Queen. Although the favourite has won three of the last ten runnings, only once in the last six seasons has the best backed horse been successful.
Drama Queen led over a furlong out when scoring over 200m further on this course in a winner’s race last month and comfortably holds Ferrari Red on that run while Hidden Strings (the computer’s choice for second) made all over the trip at Durbanville but has something to find on the book. Riding arrangements point to the maiden Amy Johnson rather than Justin Snaith’s other two runners.
Armando, the 22-10 favourite, may beat Minnesota Dream in an open-looking Somerset 1200. The form of his debut win at Durbanville five weeks ago is decidedly mixed but he did win by four lengths and that takes a bit of doing first time out. Furthermore he was well backed, shortening from 6-1 to 19-10 favourite.
Minnesota Dream, a big price at 10-1, comes from the right stable – Joey Ramsden has won five of the last six runnings – and he showed a blistering turn of foot when winning on debut. Nothing has gone right since – Bernard Fayd’Herbe was fortunate to escape serious injury when the horse took fright in the pens last time – but the memory of that first time acceleration lingers on.
For what it’s worth the computer says Ground Control (11-2) to win from debut winner Captain Tatters (33-10) and Armando. Ground Control is one of three Vaughan Marshall runners and won the Kenilworth race in which Minnesota Dream managed only fourth, beaten nearly four lengths.
Again this is a race in which to be tread carefully with the favourite. Although three of the last ten won, the last four have all been beaten.
Majorca winner Clouds Unfold is 16-10 favourite and has a theoretical 4kg in hand over 8-1 shot Celestial Storm and 7-1 chance Dutch Philip in the TAB Telebet Pinnacle, but she has to overcome a drop in trip and a 14-week absence. She was fast enough to win the Sceptre on her previous start so she could still be the one.
By Michael Clower