Market respect for Whisky Baron
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.