Gold Im­age warms up for Kuda Sprint

The Star Early Edition - - RAC­ING - DAVID THIS­EL­TON

GLEN Kotzen (pic­tured) , who is bullish about the chances of Gold Stan­dard in Satur­day’s Sun Met, looks to have a big run­ner in the R1 mil­lion Kuda Sprint in Gold Im­age.

How­ever, this race looks to be a mine­field and Place Ac­cu­mu­la­tor pun­ters will be happy to get through it still run­ning.

Gold Im­age, a Horse Ch­est­nut filly out of a Tam­burlaine maiden, broke the course record for 800m at Ke­nil­worth on de­but.

She beat the Mike de Kock-trained Cap­tain Al colt Cap­tain My Cap­tain. How­ever, she is cer­tainly not just a tear­away.

She had a re­cent gal­lop at Ke­nil­worth, which was “very, very im­pres­sive”.

Based on the gal­lop Kotzen be­lieves she will see out the 1 200m trip of Satur­day’s race. He makes her a “huge run­ner.” How­ever, on the down­side, she is one of only two fil­lies in the race.

She is also one of only five horses, along with Bar­rack Street, Bold Re­spect, Puget Sound and Sir Frenchie, who will carry a 2kg penalty for a win.

There­fore, by no means can she be re­garded as a banker.

It is a 20 horse field, but the draw might not be a big fac­tor if the wind pre­dic­tion on Windguru is cor­rect.

The wind is pre­dicted to be only be­tween seven and twelve knots and will swing from north westerly at 11h00 to south westerly by 14h00. A South Westerly wind comes over the main stand and in those cir­cum­stances the front-run­ning horses do not pro­vide as much of a shield to horses be­hind them as they do when the in­fa­mous south east­erly is blow­ing.

The ear­lier north westerly should not have any im­pact on a race.

Cap­tain My Cap­tain, who is drawn 20, has en­joyed a good prepa­ra­tion.

He fol­lowed his de­but with a good third over 1 000m and he wasn’t stop­ping at the line.

He looks likely to come on fur­ther from that run.

Won­der­wall, who is one of five run­ners from the Sean Tarry yard in this race, was mak­ing his de­but when fin­ish­ing sec­ond over 1 000m, beat­ing Cap­tain My Cap­tain by 0,2 lengths. He should come on from the run.

War­rior’s Rest is a big What A Win­ter colt with plenty of scope.

On de­but he caught the eye stay­ing on over 1 000m de­spite be­ing green.

He should ap­pre­ci­ate the step up in trip be­ing a three-quar­ters brother to the use­ful sprint­miler Bichette and a half-sis­ter to Gr 1 Woolav­ing­ton win­ner Viva Maria.

The win­ner War­rior’s Rest’s last start was Sir Frenchie, an Aus­tralian-bred by Choisir.

It was his de­but and he dropped back to last be­fore run­ning on to win in good style.

Bernie fin­ished sec­ond to Sir Frenchie, show­ing good speed be­fore tir­ing late.

It was his de­but and com­ing from the Candice Bass-Robin­son yard, he should im­prove.

Vor­tex Star ran on well for third in that race on his de­but and Frankie Det­tori now takes the ride.

Var­side was a stay­ing on fifth, beaten 1,3 by fourth-placed War­rior’s Rest, and next time out he stayed on again, but was nearly five lengths be­hind Won­der­wall and Cap­tain My Cap­tain.

Bold Re­spect won well over 1 000m sec­ond time out and this long-strider will en­joy the step up to 1 200m.

Two horses were run­ning on in eye-catch­ing fash­ion be­hind Bold Re­spect, namely Vol­canic Sun­set and Apollo Star.

They should both ap­pre­ci­ate the step up to 1 200m. Bold Re­spect was beaten 1,25 length by the speedy Dy­nasty colt Bar­rack Street on de­but over 800m, but was stay­ing on well.

Bar­rack Street is not an im­pos­ing sort, but has a big ac­tion and plenty of speed.

On pedi­gree he should stay the trip as he is a half-brother to Jay Peg, a four-time Gr 1 win­ner from 1 600m-2 000m.

Bar­rack Street is part-owned by May­fair Spec­u­la­tors, who re­tain An­ton Mar­cus.

How­ever, in­ter­est­ingly, Mar­cus will be aboard the other May­fair Spec­u­la­tors-owned run­ner Big Mis­take. The lat­ter ran a 2,5 length third to Barack Street in his only run to date. He showed speed, but was green and tired late.

He should come on sig­nif­i­cantly for the run, be­ing a Bass-Robin­son horse.

The third of the Bass-Robin­son run­ners is Wall Street Trader, who was well beaten on de­but, and the blink­ers are now on.

Puget Sound showed pace through­out on de­but over 1 000m at Turf­fontein and surged late to get up. Gavin Ler­ena keeps the ride.

Henry Tu­dor was stay­ing on over 800m on de­but and this Var colt should en­joy the 1 200m trip.

Snow Board­ing ran on well over 1 000m on de­but at Turf­fontein, but the form is ques­tion­able. Lac­erta showed pace sec­ond time out over 1 000m to be beaten only 3,3 lengths by the promis­ing Namibia and how the lat­ter goes in race two on the card could be a pointer to her chances.

The only first-timer is Aus­tralian-bred Riker’s Is­land by De­lago Deluxe, who won two Gr 1s at Scottsville. It is an ul­tra tough first leg of the PA, but the big horse War­rior’s Rest makes most ap­peal and fan­cied to fol­low him at this stage, in or­der of pref­er­ence, are Won­der­wall, Big Mis­take Cap­tain My Cap­tain, Bar­rack Street, Gold Im­age, Bold Re­spect, Sir Frenchie, Vol­canic Sun­set and Vor­tex Star.

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