Warrior’s Rest can take the lead

PUBLISHED: 21 June 2019

Shukamisa (Candiese Marnewick)

The Turffontein Inside track stages a low key nine race meeting on Sunday and the highlights will be a MR94 Handicap over 1600m and a MR92 Handicap over 1000m.

Shukamisa (Candiese Marnewick)
Shukamisa (Candiese Marnewick)

Warrior’s Rest is a possible banker in the first of these events. This big horse is an effective front-runner as he is able to continually up the pace in the front and he runs all the way to the line. He usually has the field off the bit some way from home and the tight Turffontein Inside track should suit his style. He should be able to get to the front from a good draw of four over a suitable trip of 1600m. Lake Kinnaret only just failed over this trip last time on the Standside course and is drawn well so he could get a tow from Warrior’s Rest and looks the main danger. Gift For The Gap also looks a danger as he has struck since day one as one who would continually improve. He is at his best over a bit further but has a good turn of foot and should be running on. Emily Jay was not striding out last time over this trip when 2,75 lengths behind the promising Vistula. She has 4kg claimer Juglall aboard now and the trip is suitable, although her draw of nine is tricky especially being a handy type with a front-runner in the field. Shukamisa ran well over this trip in his second start for this yard and has a fair draw over an ideal trip.

In the MR 92 Handicap over 1000m, which is the last leg of the Jackpot, Winter Storm is made the best bet on the card. This powerful sprinter has the early pace to be in touch coupled with a good kick so will be hard to beat from a plum draw of two. His Paul Peter-trained stablemate American Hustle has a tricky draw of seven but also has some class. He suffered a speedy cut last time but still got within 1,10 lengths over this trip at Scottsville last time when carrying 64kg minus a 4kg claim. Mythical Bolt has always been held in high regard but just seems to find one better. However, he now has blinkers on and a fair draw of five so should be right there. Singfonico has been in fine form and was 0,40 lengths ahead of American Hustle last time out. If the 4kg claim carried by American Hustle is included then Singfonico is now 4,5kg better off so he is a contender, although his draw of six is tricky. Donny G and Galactic Warrior will also be dangerous from good draws with claimers aboard.

In the second race over 1450m the promising John Hancock caught the eye staying on well over 1200m last time and he could reverse form with Gladstone who also ran on well from a wide draw in that race. 

In the third race over 2600m Await The Sunset is drawn in pole and should enjoy this trip having stayed on over 2400m last time out from a wide draw, especially as she is by Await The Dawn.

In the sixth race over 1450m Boutique returns from a 90 day layoff but this filly has class and should make it a hattrick off just a 68 merit rating.

By David Thiselton

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