Timkat a banker in all bets

The Citizen (KZN) - - RACING EXPRESS - Jack Mil­ner

Timkat was all the rage to win the fi­nal leg of the Pick 6 at Flamingo Park on Satur­day 3 Au­gust but when the op­por­tu­nity arose for the four-year-old geld­ing to take his place in the Bet­ting World Sprint (Non-Black Type) the con­nec­tions had no al­ter­na­tive but to go with the more lu­cra­tive race.

As a re­sult he was pulled out of a race over 1400m to con­test an­other over 1000m. Trainer Cliffie Miller put a set of blink­ers on his charge in order to keep him alert as they jumped but he proved no match for the Kom Naidoo raider Tweed Val­ley, who was well sup­ported.

Naidoo’s charge was an outand-out 1000m run­ner while Timkat, who is by Fort Wood, would have pre­ferred a lit­tle fur­ther and also a race around the turn. While Timkat did look dan­ger­ous go­ing through the 400m mark he was out­sprinted by Tweed Val­ley who went on to win by 1.40 lengths. To his credit, Timkat fin­ished 6.60-lengths clear of third-placed Rock A Bye Baby so that was clearly an out­stand­ing per­for­mance.

To­day he re­turns to 1400m in Race 8, a MR 72 Hand­i­cap, and could prove very hard to peg back. He takes a mas­sive drop in class which is best in­di­cated by the av­er­age merit rat­ing. In the Bet­ting World Sprint it was 85 and is only 58 for to­day’s race.

In ad­di­tion, Timkat did not re­ceive a penalty for that run so he looks well in and should be a banker in all bets.

Reg­u­lar jockey Collen Storey takes the ride and they will jump from bar­rier No 6.

For those look­ing to go with Ex­ac­tas and Swingers look no fur­ther than Im­pe­rial Gold and Em­per­ors Trac­tor.

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