All eyes on B Twenty One

The Star Early Edition - - RACING - AN­DREW HAR­RI­SON

PUN­TERS face a tough card at the Vaal to­mor­row and many will be bank­ing on Mike de Kock and An­thony Delpech to help them along. Delpech, for­mer sta­ble jockey to De Kock,has two rides for his for­mer boss and both look to have out­stand­ing chances.

The first comes in the open­ing leg of the PA where B Twenty One will be a pop­u­lar choice. She stays well and her last two wins have been over course and dis­tance.

In fact she is un­beaten in three out­ings over the trip and does come up against slightly weaker here. How­ever, Brian Wiid sends out Lee’s Pick, who although not fea­tur­ing in the Gr1 SA Derby, was run­ner up in the Derby Trial to Vo­da­com Dur­ban July run­ner Pagoda who fin­ished sec­ond in the SA Derby.

That’s use­ful form and the geld­ing looks to be in with a strong chance.

High Seas Beauty

Delpech and De Kock team up again in the Rac­ing As­so­ci­a­tion Hand­i­cap where High Seas Beauty looks primed for her sec­ond win.

The daugh­ter of Ep­som Derby win­ner High Chap­pa­ral has been re­stricted to sprints at re­cent out­ings and her pedi­gree sug­gests that this seven-fur­long trip would be more within her com­pass.

De Kock has a sec­ond strong to his bow here in Bib­li­cal Su­san who, if ig­nor­ing her last ef­fort when fad­ing badly late, has some use­ful form. She has Gavin Ler­ena aboard, fresh from a dou­ble at Scottsville on Sun­day where he cap­tained the Highveld Hawks to vic­tory in the New Turf Car­ri­ers Rider Cup.

Delpech has picked up an­other strong ride in Khaleesi for Lucky Houdalakis in the eighth. The filly has been in good form to stronger and although she does have a fair weight to shoul­der she could prove a touch too good for this field. St John Gray sad­dles his home-bred Bu­rundi Bush who has been in top form.

She has a handy weight and looks ca­pa­ble of giv­ing Khaleesi a run for her money.

Also in the scrum is Ponchielli who was not dis­graced when tak­ing on stronger last time out but will need to re­peat to have a chance.


Sean Tarry is in the form of his life and Goodyt­woshoes can add to his al­ready bulging stakes tally.

The daugh­ter of Mambo In Seat­tle has come good of late and looks to have more to come and a hat-trick is on the cards.

A threat could be Beck­on­ing who was much im­proved with the ad­di­tion of blink­ers and can fol­low up on her last win for St John Gray.

Also a dan­ger may be Pearl Val­ley who was only caught late by Goodyt­woshoes last time out.

She has a light weight and can go one bet­ter.

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