Tribal Fusion gets the vote
DEAN Kannemeyer took a ‘time out’ after the end of Champions Season with It’s My Turn’s eLan Gold Cup victory putting the cherry on another successful season.
R&R and AHS vaccinations have been the order of the day with only a single winner since the start of the current season but that can change at Scottsville on Sunday where the stable sends out some competitive runners starting with Savea in the Dennis Drier Racing Handicap.
The lightly raced son of Var was a winner on debut at Kenilworth before taking on some fair juvenile fields, twice finishing behind Twist Of Fate.
Savea has since been gelded and made a smart seasonal debut behind Leslie Shadowliner, also finishing a length behind Socrates who runs in the following race, a MR 80 Handicap where Shane Humby’s runner has a strong winning chance.
Gelding appears to have had the desired effect although Savea does face a useful field.
Anton Marcus has stayed with Captain Von Trapp, just over a length back to the useful Sylvester The Cat last time out, but will possibly prefer this shorter trip.
Duncan Howells has a busy afternoon ahead with 13 runners and Edge Of The Sun also comes into the picture after his close-up second last time out.
“Coming back to his best,” was the comment on his website.
Newly crowned national champion Lyle Hewitson is making his way back from injury with four mounts at Turffontein tomorrow and another four on Sunday although Fieldmarshal Fenix does look held on current form.
Dennis Bosch appears to have got Chantyman back to where he was early in his career when he showed loads of potential.
After a lengthy break he has returned with a useful trial and a warm-up when third to Pata Pata over Sunday’s course and distance.
But he will need to be pretty close to his best in the Duncan Howells Racing Stables Handicap as he faces a number of runners in good form.
The currently lethal combination of Garth Puller and Khanya Sakayi will have plenty of support teaming up with Ishnana while the mare Gratuity is quick and the lightly raced Socrates has only once been out of the money.
Only seven horses are carded for the fifth where Los Barbados and Crime Victim renew rivalry.
However, Brighteye bushytail has a touch of class and looks to be over what should be a more suitable trip in his third run back from a lengthy break.
Also in the mix is Cat’s Legacy who only got going late when back to a mile last time out and he could well find this trip more to his liking.
Redeemer is unbeaten at Scottsville but Brett Crawford’s runner has not been out since April and that he is not over his optimum trip would suggest that he will be short of his best.
A better option in the Nathan Kotzen Racing Stables Handicap could be Tribal Fusion.
Marcus will be aboard for Shane Humby and the gelding was running on stoutly behind Monte Christo last timeout.
He has yet to finish out of the money since being tried in blinkers and from a plum draw should at least be in the money again.
Kannemeyer saddles Pumpkin Queen in the seventh and the filly has shown excellent form since arriving in KZN.
She has also taken to Scottsville and can turn the tables on Komeshans Flight with Grecian Laurel also a threat over what looks to be a more suitable trip.
Jet Stream has improved with every outing and could close off the meeting although the often difficult Pavarotti Passion appears to have settled down and has a chance along with Caliente.