Snaith can get back on song


TOWN­SHIP MELODY can bring Justin Snaith’s un­char­ac­ter­is­tic Cape Town los­ing run to an end in the open­ing maiden at Ke­nil­worth today.

The for­mer cham­pion trainer turns out win­ners more con­sis­tently than al­most any­one else in the busi­ness, cer­tainly in the Western Cape, and he has al­ready had 47 this sea­son – more than any of his ri­vals.

Yet, he has not had a Ke­nil­worth win­ner since Sergeant Hardy’s all-the-way Pin­na­cle suc­cess at the end of last month. In the three meet­ings at the course since he has sent out 35 con­sec­u­tive losers in­clud­ing six beaten favourites.

Only Razed In Black at Fairview last Fri­day got on the score sheet.

But Bernard Fayd’Herbe’s mount has the form to re­sume the sta­ble’s nor­mal ser­vice, run­ning well to take three suc­ces­sive sec­onds in big fields, each time beaten on av­er­age only three-quar­ters of a length.

The one neg­a­tive is that she has not raced for 11 weeks.

“I haven’t gal­loped her but I don’t think she needs it – she is a light filly,” says her trainer.

“She is do­ing ex­cep­tion­ally well at home and she is my best of the day.”

She opened favourite at 22-10 with World Sports Bet­ting on Mon­day and has since hard­ened to 17-10.

There has been money for the Dan Katz new­comer He­lenika (11-1 to 6-1) and for the An­dre Nel first-timer East Lynne (11-1 to 81).

The Brett Craw­ford-trained Love Dove, on the other hand, has been friend­less and has eased from 8-1 to 12-1.

Bendy Bul­let (good form un­til Dur­banville last time) has also been on the drift and has gone out from 9-1 to 14-1.

Wil­liam The Brave and Pa­cific Ch­est­nut stand out in the Maiden.

There was less than a length be­tween them over 2 000m here 15 days ago and on ad­justed rat­ings there is only half a kilo in it. A lot will de­pend on which ap­pre­ci­ates the ex­tra 400m the most.

Pa­cific Ch­est­nut has the more scope for im­prove­ment – he has only raced four times while the Rams­den run­ner has had twice as many out­ings – and so he may re­v­erse the plac­ings.

Louis Burke is a good value for his claim and, even though he is up against a world class rider, 4kg is a huge ad­van­tage. His mount is a 13-10 chance while Wil­liam The Brave is odds-on at 15-20.

Red Eight, sec­ond in his last four, looked cer­tain to win halfway up the straight at Dur­banville last time but Ak­shay Bal­loo did one of his front-run­ning spe­cials on a 50-1 sta­ble com­pan­ion and beat him a length.

MJ Byleveld’s mount is 18-10 favourite to fi­nally get his head in front in the Bet­ting World Maiden but he may again have to give sec­ond best, this time to 1910 shot Fi­nal Chance who was a length adrift when the pair met at the end of Septem­ber.

The Craw­ford horse lost quite a bit of ground when ham­pered leav­ing the pens and in the straight he had to wait for a gap.

Streetfighting Man kept on well to show sig­nif­i­cant im­prove­ment when upped to a mile a fort­night ago and at 28-10 looks a sec­ond Snaith win­ner in the In­ter­ Maiden. Saltoro Ridge heads the mar­ket at 22-10 with Pho­to­copy on 28-10.

Hope­fully there will be no snakes in the grass this time.

At last Thurs­day’s meet­ing a par­tic­u­larly big one was spot­ted on the course and the start of race seven was de­layed while cau­tious ef­forts were made to en­cour­age it to get out of the way of the run­ners.

Grant Behr rides DAMARALAND for trainer Dean Kan­nemeyer in the sixth at Ke­nil­worth today.

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