If the weather forecast is to be believed, it will be wild and windy at Greyville this evening. However, the poly track has drained well in recent down-pours and the synthetic surface appears to be at its optimum with the added water.
Be that as it may, punters face a difficult card, none more so than in the sixth, a competitive fillies and mares handicap where one can make a case for almost every runner.
Louis Goosen has high hopes for his runner Yaas although he admits that she is up against it. “Look, she is out at the weights but the apprentice does take 2.5kg off her back. Also, her 400m to finish time last time out made my hair stand on end.”
Yaas came from last that day after being dropped out from a wide draw and a repeat could see her home.
Goosen believes that top weight Making Waves is the filly to beat. She had a few problems last time out behind Miss Frankel but Goosen is confident that Dennis Bosch will have sorted out any issues. “He’s a professional,” he complimented.
Tweed Valley comes of a lengthy break but put in some good work for Kom Naidoo at Ashburton on Tuesday morning and 12-1 looks fair value.
Banjo On My Knee is one of the few horses left racing in the silks of the late Chris Gerber and can add to his tally when he runs in the fifth. Dean Kannemeyer’s runner has a big weight but did well against much stronger last time out and should go close in this company. Danger could be the consistent Sea Sponge who gets all of 10kg from his rival and showed good improvement when racing in blinkers for the first time. Both are on offer at 9-2 and look better value than the 22-10 about ante-post favourite Before Noon who got a five-pound shunt up the handicap for his last win beating the luckless, The Money Man.
Anton Marcus went one behind Muzi Yeni in the race for the jockey championship last Tuesday but has some plum rides this evening including Secret Dynasty in the Pick 6 opener. All the cards appear to have fallen the way of Dennis Bosch’s runner, this being his third run after a break, over what looks to be his optimum trip from a pole position draw.
Paul Gadsby’s gelding Techno Captain has been something of a surprise package since being dropped in trip. He is not the easiest but the stable is in form and he should be right there. A possible upset could come in the form of Gibraltar Green. He improved first time up for Garth Puller and his merit rating has been dropping steadily from a recent high of 77 to his current mark of 53. At 11-1 in the market he makes some appeal.
Moon In June will have many supporters in the first leg of the jackpot after Robbie and Shannon Hill’s filly bolted home in her maiden. She does however, face some hard-knockers in the form of seven-time winner Expresso Martini and Colours Your Dreams from in in-form Dennis Drier yard.
By Andrew Harrison