The Turffontein Inside meeting has nine races tomorrow and there will be plenty of intrigue for racing purists as well as opportunities for punters.
The intrigue starts in race one, a Workriders Maiden over 1200m, as the high-flying Paul Peter yard turn out Golden Duke, a Duke Of Marmalade three-year-old colt who is a half-brother to the top class Grade 1-winning sprinter Chimichuri Run. He only cost R75,000 but the yard describe him as a nice colt who will be competitive. He would not have to be a superstar to beat this field. The dangers look to be his relatively unexposed stablemate Bold Ransom, who has earned in both starts, and the hard-knocking Orchid Street.
In the first leg of the Bipot over 2000m topweight Pilgrim’s Progress from the Peter yard does love this course and distance and is the selection despite a tricky draw. Jacko Boy is progressive and will be a runner if lining up, as she was due to run on Thursday, and Circle Of Latitude has always struck as one with ability so can be involved off a competitive merit rating.
In the first leg of the PA over 1450m Sean Tarry’s first-timer Sidonie makes plenty of appeal being by Dynasty and a half-sister to the like of Grade 1 winner Viva Maria and other stakes winners Bichette and Pilou and stakes placed Blizzard Belle and Warrior’s Rest. She is drawn in pole and can beat the Toreador first-timer Anydreamwilldo, who is a full-sister to a three-time winner and will be distance suited. Little Rain will be the back up as she made a fair debut and is well drawn over a step up in trip which will suit.
The first leg of the Pick 6 is tricky as Green Top is very well weighted but returns from a 294 day rest and has a tough draw. Three-year-old Keep Smiling hasn’t been disgraced in good company and Cordillera has run some good races and is distance suited but including the whole field in the Pick 6 is advisable.
In the first leg of the Jackpot Virginia and My Dream Chaser are coming into their own and are capable of overcoming respective eight point raises. The progressive Abelie is the back up.
In the sixth race over 1800m Seville Orange is classy and will be coming into her own being by Duke Of Marmalade and she is well weighted here. However, she does return from a layoff and is from a yard who tend not to wind them up first up. Therefore Shenanigans is the selection as he began catching the eye at the end of last season and was particularly unlucky in the Gold Cup when caught wide. Puget Sound should be right there as a decent sort who is having his third run after a layoff.
In the next race over 1000m Peter and Kennedy could have another win with Catitude, who should have come on from his good debut win and is drawn in pole. The progressive Before The Dawn goes for a hattrick and Solar Flare can also be included having twice performed well against the subsequent Graded runner up Spring Break.
The eighth over 1200m can be fought out by Black Ferrari and Mount Laurel, who look to have been leniently handicapped after their respective maiden wins.
In the last over 1200m Succession impressed in his maiden win and can follow up off a manageable mark from a plum draw. It is wide open beyond him and Fitzwilliam and The Sands are chosen as the back ups.
By David Thiselton