Mar­ket re­spect for Whisky Baron

The Star Early Edition - - RACING - DAVID THISELTON

THE Brett Craw­ford-trained four-year-old Aus­tralian-bred geld­ing Whisky Baron has short­ened from 17/2 into 4/1 for the Gr 1 Sun Met after his im­pres­sive win in Satur­day’s Gr 2 Glo­ri­ous Good­wood Penin­sula Hand­i­cap over 1 800m at Ke­nil­worth.

He could re­al­is­ti­cally up­set the two above him in the bet­ting, Le­gal Ea­gle and Marinaresco, as un­like them he will not have to carry a Gr 1 penalty. Fur­ther­more, he has con­tin­u­ally im­proved since geld­ing, so is not yet fully ex­posed.

Mean­while, the Candice Bass-Robin­son-trained Gr 3 Politi­cian Stakes win­ner Hori­zon looks to be a typ­i­cally pro­gres­sive son of Dy­nasty and proved on Satur­day he is bet­ter than his 91 merit rat­ing sug­gests. He could be a run­ner in the Gr 1 In­vestec Cape Derby and so can the Politi­cian Stakes run­ner up New­lands, who was do­ing his best work late after bat­tling to find a split off the nar­row false rail.

The Glen Kotzen-trained Aus­tralian-bred Ban­ner Hill de­fied a lowly merit rat­ing of 81 in the Gr 3 BMW Chair­man’s Cup over 3 200m to win go­ing away by 0,4 lengths and he will be a con­tender in the Gr 2 West­ern Cape Stay­ers over 2 800m on Sun Met day. He was 4,5kg un­der suf­fer­ance on Satur­day, but clearly rel­ished the trip. The Justin Snaith-trained Ovidio ran a fine sec­ond lug­ging 62,5kg and will likely make a bold bid to re­tain his West­ern Cape Stay­ers crown.

Kotzen’s two-year-old win­ner on Satur­day, Var filly Namibia, caught the eye and is an­other one to fol­low.

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