Kingston on the up

The Star Early Edition - - RACING - MICHAEL CLOWER

BRETT Craw­ford, who has a big chance of land­ing the third Met of his ca­reer, can start Ke­nil­worth pun­ters off on a win­ning note to­mor­row. Whisky Baron’s trainer has a third of the field in the noon maiden and Kingston Pas­sage showed enough first time to sug­gest he has what it takes to land this 1 000m race.

Greg Cheyne’s mount was lit­tle fan­cied when rac­ing green but tak­ing sec­ond to com­fort­able win­ner Head Hon­cho on de­but three weeks ago and needs to make only nor­mal im­prove­ment to beat th­ese. In­deed he opened odds-on (15-20) with World Sports Bet­ting yes­ter­day.

Sta­ble com­pan­ion Pop The Ques­tion has not raced for nearly four months but the 4-1 chance has some de­cent form and looks the most ob­vi­ous dan­ger.

Joey Rams­den has weeded out most of the less com­pet­i­tive mem­bers of his string and as a re­sult his team is down from 145 to 90, of which half are two-yearolds.

Dance At Dawn

It is sig­nif­i­cant that he has elected to per­se­vere with Dance At Dawn who is still a maiden at the age of four.

True, she is a full sis­ter to Real Princess and closely re­lated to Vic­tory Moon so worth go­ing on with if at all pos­si­ble.

She beat all ex­cept the win­ner in her last two races be­fore run­ning in­ex­pli­ca­bly badly on Christ­mas Eve.

Dono­van Dillon came back con­vinced some­thing was wrong and the race­course vet wrote down “poor re­cov­ery.”

She tries again in race two and at 4-1 she looks worth back­ing.

Lady Did­deo (11-2) ran be­low form last time (it was a work rid­ers’ race) bu­tap­pears held by Gypsy Beauty (4-1) while Ready Set Go (also 4-1) was not dis­graced af­ter be­ing nib­bled at (33-1 to 18-1) on de­but.

The sa­horserac­ing com­puter has Gypsy Beauty, Dance At Dawn and Lady Did­deo in a mul­ti­ple dead-heat. Talk about hedg­ing your bets!

Surely the ma­chine can do bet­ter than that?

Load­shed­der, thought to be cry­ing out for a mile, seemed to have a touch of the slows when he fi­nally got it but maid­ens are fre­quently won by horses you have given up on and he is go­ing to get it to­gether soon, maybe even to­mor­row.

He is 5-2 sec­ond favourite for the Rac­ing As­so­ci­a­tion race and the choice of the com­puter.

Gad­get Man

Gad­get Man, beaten only a neck by Icon King last time, heads the mar­ket at 18-10 but the one that makes most ap­peal is 3-1 chance Redeemer, not least be­cause he is a full brother to Cap­tain Amer­ica.

He fin­ished three lengths off Gad­get Man on de­but but didn’t get a clear run.

Grant van Niek­erk rides Sabina’s Dy­nasty for Justin Snaith in race four rather than the Bass-Robin­son run­ner Leaves Of Grass. But the 12-10 favourite is drawn even worse than Marinaresco and Richard Fourie’s mount makes more ap­peal at 5-2.

Watch out for the An­dre Nel-trained Guilty Plea­sure (6-1) be­cause he had to ease off the heels of the fourth-placed horse 50m out on de­but, and 10-1 chance Come On Inn be­cause that is the com­puter tip.

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