Sean Tarry and Mike de Kock look set for a field day at Turffontein tomorrow but with both trainers having multiple runners in all the races that they are contesting, it will be for punters to sort the pick of their runners.
De Kock saddles two runners in the opening leg of the Pick 6 with stable first-call rider Callan Murray possibly on the pick of the stable pair. Stage Dance has her third run after a break and has improved with each run. She should be spot on for this event. Victoria Page and Stage Dance both contested feature races last term with some success. Victoria Paige is the more consistent of the two but has not been out since July which could count against her. That said, Stage Dance is not the most reliable but is smart on her day.
Tarry saddles the filly Keep Smiling in the fifth and can put one over her male rivals given her light weight. She has hardly been out of the money in her nine starts and Tarry has engaged Warren Kennedy, the log-leading rider who can make the weight.
Spero Optima is lightly raced and followed up his maiden win with a good second and is the most likely danger while Owlinthetree found his best form last run but has to give lumps of weight to the filly.
Tarry holds another strong hand in the sixth. Montreal Mist just needed her last run and breaking through the font of the stalls before being re-loaded will not have helped. She had smart form before that and can get the better of stable companion Spiritofthegroove who has been trying further and may find this a tad short at this stage of her career. A Tarry trifecta is on the cards as Tropic Sun showed up well first run out of the maidens in useful company and cannot be discounted.
De Kock can return the compliment in the seventh where Vaseem may be the stable elect of his four runners. He was an end-to-end winner over a sprint last run but is his only attempt at ground he was galloped into. He looks ideally suited to this trip. Virtuosa won his last two and Alameery and Your Place Or Mine all look progressive while Al Borak is unbeaten since being gelded and will have his supporters.
Frosted Steel and Flying High look the principal contenders in the eighth. Frosted Steel has been in good form against stronger of late and looks the part while Flying High has been close-up in both starts since her maiden win and goes well over this trip.
In the ninth, Curious does not have the best draw but was finishing off his race nicely at only his second outing and should improve on that effort. Akwaan has been consistent but now tries blinkers which could bring out the best while stable companion Ghalyoon had his saddle slip badly last run so that is best ignored. He has two useful efforts over this trip to his name and has drawn pole.
By Andrew Harrison