Social Order on the rise

PUBLISHED: 30 August 2019

Social Order (Candiese Marnewick)

The Grade 3 Spring Spree Stakes over 1 200m heads the Turffontein Inside course nine race meeting tomorrow. Social Order could be the one to beat as he has shown good form lately over sprints and has a plum draw of five. The six-year-old Count Dubois gelding has been seen to be charging late in his last two starts over this trip and he has now dropped to a competitive mark.

Prince Of Kahal has won his only start over course and distance and is in good form so he will be a threat from a fair draw. Zouaves has class and some speed and from a fair draw of seven should be finishing strongly.

Russian Prince has promise and should start coming into his own this season so will be a threat off a competitive mark if able to overcome a tough draw. Will Pays has proven class and is a previous winner of this race but he does have a big weight to carry and a tricky draw.

Social Order (Candiese Marnewick)
Social Order (Candiese Marnewick)

Down To Zero will also be a big runner if able to overcome a high draw. Angel’s Power finished second in this race two years ago off what was effectively a one point higher merit rating so from draw two must be considered.

The Non-black Type Ladies Stakes is a handicap for fillies and mares over 1200m and it is wide open. Lawdy Miss Clawdy won a Pinnacle event over this trip at the Vaal easily last time and has a fair draw of five.

If she can repeat that effort she will be right there. Rock A Roll Dancer is in good form and has a fine record over this trip but she does have to overcome a tricky draw of nine.

Operetta has to be included as a consistent sort who has taken well to blinkers, winning both starts with the headgear on over 1000m, and she has a good record over this trip too.

She jumps from a fair draw and with Warren Kennedy on she looks the Paul Peter stable elect.

Stablemate Afrostar has class coupled with a plum draw of three, but she does have to carry topweight and is likely looking for a touch further.

She will be staying on, as she did last time over this trip at the Vaal, but she faces Lawdy Miss Clawdy on the same terms from that race despite having been beaten 2,25 lengths.

Spiritofthegroove has plenty of resolve and looks promising. She possesses a strong finish and will have to produce it from a tricky draw of ten. She is 3,5kg under sufferance according to official merit ratings but has only had three runs and looks capable of rising above her current mark. Witch Of The West has to be considered as she is 4,5kg better off with Rock A Roll Dancer for a 1,40 length beating, although that was over 1 450m and this will be on the sharp side.

It is tough to find a best bet on the day and Rockin Russian is chosen, despite being 5,5kg under sufferance on official merit ratings with her stablemate Second Request in the eighth, a Pinnacle Stakes event over 1 450m. The 1,5kg claim of Kabelo Matsunyane will alleviate that to some extent and she is also drawn well over an ideal trip.

Second Request has not run since March, but if close to her peak will be hard to beat as she does possess a fine turn of foot and should be effective over this trip running fresh. Both should be included in the Pick 6 and Jackpot, but Rockin Russian is made a PA banker.

Bohica will be a popular choice in the fifth race, a MR72 Handicap over 1 600m, having won well from the front second time out over 1 400m when still extending at the line.

He starts off on a reasonable mark but could be given some cheek by Melchizedek, who is at last showing signs of the potential he has always had.

From pole position over a suitable trip the latter should run well, although officially he is 1kg under sufferance.

In the first leg of the Pick 6 over 1 600m Reach For The Line has been a major disappointment after seeming promising early, but he ran well last time from the front over 1 450m so is obviously off a competitive mark and this is the trip of his only win.

However, the topweight Lone Survivor is the selection as he was likely ridden too handy last time and can make amends with S’Manga Khumalo up from a good draw.

In the last leg of the Pick 6 over 1 450m Ghalyoon has plenty of scope for improvement and should have come on from his fair debut over 1 400m when green so he can do well here from a good draw.

His stablemate Arnica Mountain is a R360,000 Flower Alley gelding out of a placed full-sister to Mother Russia, so is an interesting first-timer.

Quest For Good found support on debut over this course and distance and ran a fair race so can also be involved from another good draw.

By David Thiselton