Desert Rhythm can help out

The Star Early Edition - - RACING - DAVID THISELTON

TRA­DI­TION­ALLY one of the trick­i­est legs of the Vo­da­com Dur­ban July day Pick 6 is the Gr 2 Golden Slip­per for two-year-old fil­lies and this year is no dif­fer­ent. The Pick 6 has a R10 mil­lion guar­an­teed pool this year, and is ex­pected to reach R11 mil­lion plus, and ex­otic play­ers will no doubt be view­ing this race as one of the big­gest ob­sta­cles to tra­verse.

Mambo In Seat­tle filly Desert Rhythm is proven over the trip and the form of her 1 450m win has been franked. Her stay­ing on fourth in the Grade 2 SA Fil­lies Nurs­ery over 1 160m was a de­cent ef­fort and Sean Tarry’s most reg­u­lar jockey, S’Manga Khu­malo, is aboard.

Her sta­ble­mate London Se­cret showed good pace be­fore find­ing ex­tra to win com­fort­ably on de­but over 1 160m. Tak­ingth­e­p­eace then re­versed the form over the same trip when re­ceiv­ing 3kg, but the lat­ter would just about be tipped to win this race if tak­ing part as she has a lot of class and scope. London Se­cret, by Gim­methe­green­light, should en­joy the course and dis­tance and Gavin Ler­ena is up from a good draw.

The re­serve run­ner Lady In Black im­pressed in the pre­lim­i­nar­ies and in the race on de­but over 1 200m at Scottsville and on pedi­gree this Dy­nasty filly will rel­ish this course and dis­tance. She has a fair draw of seven if get­ting in.


The speedy Sail From Seat­tle filly Gee Whizz over raced on de­but when held up over 1 200m. In her sec­ond start over 1 000m at Scottsville, Richard Fourie al­lowed her to stride out from the off and she won eas­ing up by three lengths. Fourie might adopt front run­ning tac­tics again from a good draw, but there is a stamina ques­tion mark.

Nep­tune’s Rain was forced to be more handy than usual in the Gr 1 Allan Robert­son, but stayed on well for third. On pedi­gree the An­to­nius Pius filly should also en­joy the step up in trip, but she is drawn widest of all.

Bridal Veil is a scopey daugh­ter of Vi­sion­aire, who was beaten into fourth by Light On Her Toes when she made her de­but over 1 200m on the Greyville turf in April. How­ever, she was run­ning on well and the form of that race has proven to be strong. Sec­ond time out she com­fort­ably won a Maiden Ju­ve­nile Plate on the Greyville poly over 1200m, beat­ing Se­quined by 1,75 lengths. The lat­ter franked the form by fin­ish­ing a close sec­ond in the Listed Devon Air Stakes over 1 400m. Bridal Veil looks likely to en­joy this trip, but has a tricky draw.

Tsessebe has a nice long stride and this daugh­ter of Phi­lan­thropist caught the eye when win­ning eas­ily over 1 200m sec­ond time out on the Greyville poly. She should rel­ish the step up in trip, but is drawn sec­ond from the out­side.

Let It Flow by Jud­pot was un­lucky in her first two starts, both over 1 200m.

In her third start she was up with the pace through­out and re­sponded well to late urg­ings from An­thony Delpech to find the nec­es­sary ex­tra.

The con­nec­tions con­firmed af­ter the race she was look­ing for fur­ther.

The form of that race has been franked and she has landed a plum draw. Fur­ther­more, Delpech has kept the ride.

Rockin Rus­sian was held up in the Devon Air Stakes from a good draw in or­der to find the rail and she ran on well for a three length fourth.

This Sev­enth Rock filly is a half-sis­ter to the Gr 3win­ning miler Rik­i­tik­i­tana and will have ben­e­fit­ted from her first ex­pe­ri­ence of Greyville.

How­ever, she has a tricky draw of ten and Khu­malo is now aboard Desert Rhythm. Rockin Rus­sian beat Let It Flow by a length on de­but, al­though the lat­ter was fin­ish­ing strongly af­ter be­ing baulked for run.

Green Top

Green Top by Gim­methe­green­light is well re­lated and will rel­ish this step up in trip hav­ing been out­paced on de­but over 1 200m be­fore stay­ing on strongly to win go­ing away.

She has a rea­son­able draw and Muzi Yeni stays aboard.

Mara is a scopey sort who ran on well to win on her KZN de­but over 1 400m on the poly.

This Var filly is well drawn and will im­prove fur­ther com­ing from the Dean Kan­nemeyer sta­ble and be­ing a half-sis­ter to the use­ful Im­pala Lily, but Delpech ap­pears to have aban­doned her.

Light On Her Toes started her ca­reer in promis­ing fash­ion, but ap­peared to not stay this trip from a wide draw in the Devon Air Stakes.

The run did come only two weeks af­ter her fifth in the Allan Robert­son, but she is hard to fancy from an­other wide draw, de­spite both her fa­ther Gim­methe­green­light and mother On Her Toes be­ing Guineas win­ners.

Star Pro­file beat Spring Breeze over 1 450m by 1,75 lengths and was then only 0,75 lengths be­hind Desert Rhythm in the SA Fil­lies Nurs­ery.

She is a nice look­ing type but she has al­ready raced eight times for just win and she takes a while to get go­ing so Greyville might not suit her.

Spring Breeze is well drawn, but will need to im­prove.

Out­lander’s two wins have been over 1 000m and she looks held over this trip.

Sec­ond re­serve Awe­some­ness ran on strongly to win on de­but over 1 000m, but was un­placed in the false start marred Stre­litzia, beaten 8,75 lengths by Nep­tune’s Rain.

Third re­serve Green Ice could earn based on her fifth in the Devon Air.

Desert Rhythm is se­lected to beat London Se­cret with Lady In Black next best ahead of Nep­tune’s Rain, Gee Whizz and Bridal Veil, but pun­ters might have to go wider than these six in the ex­otics.

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