Azarenka can defy back from a rest the­ory

The Star Early Edition - - RACING - MICHAEL CLOWER

AZARENKA is evens favourite to defy the sec­ond-run-after-a-rest syn­drome in the Ah­men and Ham­man At­tor­neys Novice Plate at Ke­nil­worth to­mor­row and Richard Fourie's mount car­ries a bit of sta­ble con­fi­dence.

Those pun­ters who nearly had a heart at­tack when the same yard’s Dy­namic ran six lengths be­low form in sim­i­lar cir­cum­stances a fort­night ago will tread un­der­stand­ably war­ily even though the filly comes out marginally best on rat­ings.

“She had an op­er­a­tion to re­move a chip in a joint,’’ says Jonathan Snaith, ex­plain­ing why she was ab­sent from Met day un­til go­ing close on her re­turn a month ago, and adds: “She is do­ing par­tic­u­larly well.’’

Sta­ble com­pan­ion Sap­phire Gem, the mount of Sean Cor­mack, is 3-1 sec­ond favourite with Bet­ting World although she is a 3kg worse horse ac­cord­ing to the hand­i­cap­pers.

“We don’t re­ally know where we are with her - whether she is a 1 000m horse - and Azarenka is marginally pre­ferred,’’ says Jonathan.

On ad­justed rat­ings 9-2 chance Per­petua comes out only just be­hind Azarenka and she is tak­ing a sig­nif­i­cant drop in both class and dis­tance.

“Last time the jockey (MJ Byleveld) said she ran well to a point and then didn’t see out the ground," says Greg En­nion. “She is do­ing well and she will be more com­pet­i­tive here although I would rather it was 1 200m.’’

Byleveld is now on 5-1 chance Night Of Stars who beat Dou­ble Whammy in a maiden in May and has started favourite in her last three races.

She can be for­given last time's flop be­cause she broke through the gate and came back bleed­ing from the mouth. Aro­mat­ics has a bit to find on rat­ings and fel­low 12-1 shot Mis­tico Lady is 7.5kg wrong with the favourite.

St Tropez was easy to back when An­ton Mar­cus rode him on de­but, drift­ing from 4-1 to twice that price, and he was re­turned not strid­ing out.

He opened 5-2 favourite for the con­clud­ing IPA West­coast Maiden and he should win.

“He had sore shins but he is now 100%,’’ says Joey Rams­den.

Panga Panga, 6-1 for the open­ing In­ter­na­tional Po­lice As­so­ci­a­tion Maiden, ran promi­nently through­out last time and makes sound each way ap­peal. Hot favourite at 18-10 is Cap­tain Black­wa­ter who drops back from 1 400m to 1 200m. “We fan­cied him that day and he didn't run up to his best,’’ ex­plains Jonathan Snaith.

The cham­pion trainer sta­ble could have a good day and Smashville should be hard to beat in the next.

Fourie's mount shares 3-1 favouritism with Aliysa's Prize who over-raced early when a close-up fourth on her most re­cent start.

Western Movie could be each way value at 10-1 in race four after go­ing up only three points for last time's Dur­banville win.

“Aldo Domeyer was happy with him when he rode him work on Satur­day and he's got a big chance,’’ says Carl Burger who is in Mel­bourne vis­it­ing a sick un­cle and look­ing at horses.

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