‘Logic’ to help out

Post - - Sport - AN­DREW HAR­RI­SON

URE LOGIC, out of the money only twice in a dozen starts, can help pun­ters out at a de­cent price when he lines up in the It­sarush.co.za Hand­i­cap on the Greyville turf to­day. It is a race where noth­ing is cut-and-dried with the ante-post favourite on of­fer at 5-2 but Pure Logic has that come-on look about him and off bot­tom weight, if not win­ning, should at least give a good ac­count of him­self.

His jockey, Jarred Sa­muel, is a hard-work­ing and use­ful light-weight rider who makes the most of ev­ery bone that’s he’s thrown al­though there were a few grumpy pun­ters last Fri­day with Blue Jas­min ar­riv­ing at 55-1.

“I knew she had im­proved in blinkers, but not by that much,” he laughed while be­ing ragged by his col­leagues yes­ter­day.

Pure Logic will not start at those odds but the re­sult could be the same al­though Dean Kan­nemeyer’s other run­ner, One Man Show, bid­ding for a win­ning hat-trick, is likely to be the more fan­cied of the pair.

Pure Logic has been lightly raced this year, this be­ing only his fifth start and his fourth af­ter quite a lengthy break and geld­ing.

He was beaten a long way by One Man Show at Scottsville back in Septem­ber but fol­lowed up with a much bet­ter ef­fort be­hind Viento when back on the poly.

He’s re­turns to the turf to­day, has a light weight over his op­ti­mum trip and could have the mea­sure of his more fan­cied ri­vals.

The dan­gers are many but Liq­uid Rain­bow has not been out of the first two in his last five starts and can fol­low up on his nar­row win on the poly when tried in blinkers for the first time. He goes equally well on the turf and with a handy weight should be com­pet­i­tive again.

One Man Show

Of the oth­ers, One Man Show has been rac­ing over fur­ther, Saint Marco Goes the trip for the first time, Chrome Blue comes off a lengthy break leav­ing Roy Had Enough who should come on from his re­cent pipe-opener and will be more com­pet­i­tive over this trip.

In the open­ing leg of the PS, Kin­sky’s Cru­sade may just have been short of peak fit­ness when re­turn­ing from a break on the quick poly sur­face and can make amends in the sec­ond.

Cor­rine Bes­tel’s filly had shown prom­ise in a cou­ple of com­pet­i­tive maiden fields be­fore that and from a good draw and back on the turf looks the part.

If there is to be an up­set it could come in the form of Dun­zie who made an eye-catch­ing de­but for Dun­can Howells and should come on lengths from that open­ing ef­fort.

Blaze Of Gold has the worst of the draw in the first leg of the Pick 6 but has im­proved with ev­ery out­ing and should be good enough to beat home some well ex­posed older horses that in­clude Asian Star and Mighty Mis­sis­sippi, his most likely dan­ger be­ing Vol­canic Sun­set from the Sean Tarry yard.

Al­raune has put in two smart ef­forts since ar­riv­ing in KZN, first in a mil­lion rand fea­ture and then a close-up sec­ond to the well-re­garded Lady Val last time out.

Bar­ring a springer amongst the first timers, Gavin van Zyl’s filly looks a safe PA banker in the fourth.

Mark Dixon is never one to rush his charges and it pays div­i­dends more of­ten than not.

She’s A Dream

The Dixon-trained She’s A Dream was a late starter but won well at sec­ond time of ask­ing last month and can fol­low up in the fifth.

Cham­ber Maid looks the most ob­vi­ous dan­ger but if this pair does not run up to ex­pec­ta­tions then things get dif­fi­cult as there should be very lit­tle sep­a­rat­ing Just Rap, Noodle and Princess Ana­lia while River Ayre pulled up lame last start but had more than use­ful form be­fore that.

Zen Ar­cade was deemed good enough by Louis Goosen to make the trip to Turf­fontein this week­end for the Gra­ham Beck Stakes so Ryker, a close-up sec­ond to Zen Ar­cade last time out, will have plenty of sup­port­ers in the sixth.

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