Septem­ber bloomed in Au­gust and can bloom again to­day

Lucky Houdalakis’s filly can make it a hat-trick

Sowetan - - Horse Racing -

Septem­ber Bloom could bring pun­ters the sweet smell of suc­cess by pulling off a hat-trick of wins at Turf­fontein to­day.

Jockey Marco van Rens­burg was aboard the Gi­tano Her­nando filly for her two pre­vi­ous vic­to­ries and she clearly runs for him and it is pos­si­ble she can over­come the penal­ties given for the wins.

Step­ping back up in trip should not be a prob­lem and al­though she is car­ry­ing 60kg this time is not giv­ing too much weight away to her ri­vals.

In this day of mak­ing ex­otic bets bankers count, The Puma in Race 3 and Open Road in Race 8 look likely can­di­dates.

Trainer Rob­bie Sage had a win­ner on Tues­day with Boatswain and can dou­ble that up with his charge The Puma.

This Mo­gok three-yearold has run promis­ingly enough in both his starts and the penny looked like it dropped with him last time out.

Ad­mit­tedly The Puma was only do­ing his best work late in that race be­hind Al­wahsh but the step up in dis­tance should suit him nicely.

Jockey Gunter Wro­ge­mann re­places Gavin Ler­ena on The Puma.

Ler­ena could, how­ever have the last laugh at the end of the meet­ing as his mount, the filly Open Road looks the best of a very mod­er­ate bunch and should win.

Open Road is hold­ing her form well and the step back up to 1400m is likely to suit her.

Two other run­ners on this card worth look­ing at are Sir David Baird in Race 2 and Ri­varine in Race 7.

Sir David Baird quick­ened like a good horse when win­ning on de­but and will win more races.

His dan­ger though is Sur­charge who has won his last two starts and will not be an easy push-over. The Ex­acta is the way to play!

Jockey Piere Stry­dom was aboard Ri­varine when the Var colt won at this course in June and if in the mood he should run very well over the min­i­mum trip of 1000m.

Banker The Puma and Open Road in to­day’s Pick 6 and load up in other legs. No­ceur and Vul Indlela, should be added to Septem­ber Bloom’s leg along with Turn Back Time.

Sup­port TAB and Bet­ting World and stand a chance to win one of 8 houses in the Win-A-House com­pe­ti­tion.

J C P H O T O G R A P H I C S

Lucky Houdalakis. /

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