‘Philip’ can play the price

Post - - Sport - MICHAEL CLOWER

DUTCH PHILIP warms up for next month’s Cape Clas­sic in the Su­pa­bets Hand­i­cap at Dur­banville to­day. Aldo Domeyer’s mount won four out of five last sea­son in­clud­ing both the Som­er­set and the Cape Nurs­ery and he is clearly a class act.

World Sports Bet­ting was tak­ing no chances yes­ter­day and opened the colt favourite at 14-10.

But that price doesn’t re­ally al­low for the neg­a­tives, namely that this is his first race for four months, his first against older horses and that he races off a high mark of 102.

Also he is step­ping back in trip and that could be the big­gest stum­bling block of all.

“He will need his run and, while I’m not say­ing he can’t win, 1 000m could be a bit quick for him,” says Candice Bass-Robin­son.

Starflash

The one that makes most ap­peal is 9-2 sec­ond favourite Starflash who was hav­ing his first race of the sea­son when third to Rock Of Africa in a good 1 200m hand­i­cap a fort­night ago.

He was drawn wide that day and he has a much bet­ter po­si­tion here.

Al Wa­hed missed that race – off-feed was the rea­son – but pre­vi­ously he was only beaten a neck by Mas­ter’s Spirit.

He will have ap­pre­ci­ated Mon­day’s rain and looks real each way value at 12-1 even though he has been raised three points and there is a line of form that says he shouldn’t beat Starflash.

Black Cat Black (5-1) has gone up five points and, although he has won his last three starts, they were all over a fur­long fur­ther and this is his first out­ing of the sea­son.

Olympian, also a 5-1 shot, is a sta­ble com­pan­ion of Starflash and is not with­out a chance.

Evelina

Evelina is 17-10 favourite for the first and could be hard to beat. The An­dre Nel filly is well drawn and would have fin­ished closer last time (only her sec­ond start) but for racing green and duck­ing out sharply 100m from home.

Spam Alert is sec­ond favourite at 4-1 but don’t ig­nore 13-2 shot Ro­man­tic Cru­sade.

Grant van Niek­erk’s mount was only just over a length be­hind Evelina and then lost ground at the start on her only sub­se­quent out­ing.

Van Niek­erk has a favourite’s chance on Orakal in the next but the 33-10 chance faces stiff op­po­si­tion, notably from 5-1 hopes Tyran­deus and The Sun Also Rises. The form book says the lat­ter could be the one.

Des­tiny Duchess

The older horses meet the three-year-olds on far bet­ter terms than weight-for-age in these maid­ens and Des­tiny Duchess (33-10) can prove the point by beat­ing 5-2 favourite Wood­stock Fairy in the Bet­ting World Maiden 35 min­utes later.

Pic­ture: Liesl King

DUTCH PHILIP

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