RAC­ING

The Star Early Edition - - RACING - DAVID THISELTON

BRETT Craw­ford will at­tempt to make it five Grade 1s for the sea­son on Satur­day at Greyville when the mel­lowed six-year-old geld­ing Cap­tain Amer­ica re­vis­its a course which was thought to not suit him as a head­strong three-year-old colt. How­ever, he will be fac­ing a top class field in the Ris­ing Sun Gold Chal­lenge over 1 600m.

Cap­tain Amer­ica’s class was shown early in his ca­reer, but a head­strong ten­dency soon be­came ev­i­dent. He needs to em­ploy handy to front-run­ning tac­tics at the high­est level be­cause he does not pos­sess an in­stant turn of foot. Geld­ing and ma­tu­rity have seen him able to set­tle nicely in front and he has de­vel­oped into a dan­ger­ous front-run­ner. The big six-year-old is thus back in KZN for the first time for three years. Against him is a high draw and he will need to jump bet­ter than he did in the re­cent Drill Hall Stakes.

Marinaresco clearly loves Greyville and the key is his ex­cep­tional turn of foot. He would pre­fer fur­ther than a mile, but proved his ef­fec­tive­ness over shorter when win­ning the Drill Hall Stakes. He has a plum draw on Satur­day.

Trip To Heaven is an­other horse with an ex­cep­tional turn of foot. A mile stretches him, but he showed in this race last year his class can carry him to the line as he only lost the race in the board­room.

The ver­sa­tile Bela-Bela has been un­placed in both her starts against the boys, but those were in the July and the Met and it will be in­ter­est­ing to see whether the cou­pling of her speed and class makes her more ef­fec­tive against them over this trip.

Brazuca fin­ished a nar­row sec­ond to sub­se­quent Cape Guineas win­ner Noah From Goa in the Din­gaans two years ago, so is a can­di­date here from a good draw.

His sta­ble­mate New Preda­tor was fourth in this race last year, two lengths be­hind French Navy and the lat­ter beat him by 1,7 lengths in this year’s Grade 1 weight for age Horse Ch­est­nut Stakes over 1 600m at Turf­fontein. New Preda­tor has been top drawer over 1 400m and might now be­gin see­ing out 1 600m bet­ter at a course which suits him, so he can’t be ig­nored, although his wide draw makes it tough.

French Navy is com­ing off an iden­ti­cal pro­gram to last year and his per­for­mances have been sim­i­lar, so he can place again, although his last win was in Jan­uary 2016.

Dual Guineas win­ner Janoobi is the only three-year-old con­tes­tant and has proven him­self a dan­ger­ous front-run­ner. The form of his Daisy Guineas win at this track is sus­pect, but the form of his Gaut­eng Guineas win is strong. His pole po­si­tion draw helped his front-run­ning style in the Daisy Guineas, but he now has a wide draw.

Sail South is much im­proved this sea­son as he has set­tled bet­ter than in the past and he fin­ished third in the Queen’s Plate, beaten 0,75 lengths by Cap­tain Amer­ica and he was 0,3 lengths ahead of Marinaresco.

He has a tricky draw but Richard Fourie up is a bonus. It will likely be a July prepa­ra­tion run for dual Gr 1 San­sui Summer Cup win­ner Mas­ter Sabina, who would pre­fer fur­ther. How­ever, he is drawn in pole and it’s a first run for a new yard, so this classy sort can’t be ig­nored.

Bul­let­ing Home quick­ened away from the field in the Kings Cup and then fin­ished fifth in the Gr 1 Tsogo Sun Sprint. How­ever, it will be tougher here at Grade 1 weight for age level. Saratoga Dancer has a fine turn of foot and loves Greyville.

He showed he is ef­fec­tive over shorter dis­tances when third in the Drill Hall, beaten a head by Marinaresco, with whom he is now 2kg worse off.

Deo Ju­vente was 0,8 lengths be­hind New Preda­tor in the Char­ity Mile when giv­ing the lat­ter 0,5kg and he was a neck be­hind Saratoga Dancer in that race when giv­ing the lat­ter 1,5kg. His sur­prise win in the Gr 1 Pre­mier’s Cham­pi­ons Chal­lenge con­sti­tuted an im­proved per­for­mance over 2 000m, so if he does the same over this trip he is a con­tender.

Vic­to­ri­ous Jay won a mile race in good style on Met day and then fin­ished a head sec­ond in the Drill Hall, so has come into his own. How­ever, he will be 2kg worse off with Marinaresco from the Drill Hall and has a wide draw to over­come.

Re­serve run­ner The Con­glom­er­ate is the Vodacom Dur­ban July cham­pion, but in this weight for age event looks well held on re­cent form. Re­serve run­ner No Wor­ries is an enig­matic cus­tomer who has matched the best on a cou­ple of oc­ca­sions, but he is held on re­cent form.

Re­serve run­ner Ta­ble Bay is much vaunted and none of the three three-yearolds who have beaten him over a mile this sea­son are present here.

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