Bank on Bull Val­ley

The Star Early Edition - - RACING -

THE Place Ac­cu­mu­la­tor, Pick 6 and Jack­pot will be pop­u­lar ex­otic bets at the Mer­cury Sprint race­meet­ing at Greyville on Satur­day, which is the first big SA Cham­pi­ons Sea­son event since the Vo­da­com Dur­ban July, and those who do their home­work on a com­pet­i­tive card should reap healthy div­i­dends.

The first leg of the PA is a tricky fil­lies and mares hand­i­cap over 1 600m on the turf. Pre­mier Dance is a typ­i­cally pro­gres­sive daugh­ter of Sil­vano and the form of her last run over this trip has worked out very well.

This half-sis­ter to the bril­liant miler Capetown Noir could make it four wins from just six starts, al­though she does have to carry joint top­weight of 61,5kg off her 93 merit rat­ing and this is also her sec­ond run af­ter a six month lay­off.

Cap­tain Gam­bler stayed on quite well from last in the Grade 1 WSB Cape Fil­lies Guineas and has the An­ton Mar­cus fac­tor with her. She also comes out well on form­lines with Well In Flight and Tanami on a line through Louisiana. Per­sian Rug won a Listed hand­i­cap over 1 600m on the tight Turf­fontein In­side track in May last year off a merit rat­ing of 93 and now runs off a 91.

She has shown a lik­ing for Greyville and in her only re­cent start there over shorter than 1 950m she over raced with blink­ers. The blink­ers are now off and she is drawn in pole which will give her a good chance to get into her pre­ferred handy po­si­tion.

She stands a chance of giv­ing Nathan Kotzen his first win as a li­censed trainer, so should be in­cluded in the Pick 6.

Well In Flight is drawn well and can do bet­ter than last time when a bit short of room in the straight in a race run at a crawl over this course and dis­tance on the poly. Be­ing two points lower in the merit rat­ings will also help this nice type.

Tanami won well the last time she tried this dis­tance on the poly and there is lit­tle be­tween her and Well In Flight on form­lines.

The sec­ond leg is also a tricky fil­lies and mares sprint hand­i­cap over 1 200m. If Only has been trans­formed with blink­ers and from a plum draw over an ideal course and dis­tance looks ca­pa­ble of mak­ing it a hat-trick. Vic­tory Takeover can never be ig­nored over her favourite course and dis­tance.

Timeous is a nice type and is still off an at­trac­tive merit rat­ing af­ter be­ing given just a two point raise for her last win, so can go close from a rea­son­able draw over a suit­able course and dis­tance.

Wandie’s reeled off a hat­trick at this time last year and has enough pace to make a suc­cess­ful step down in trip off a com­pet­i­tive merit rat­ing. The pacey Gun­ship ran on well to win over 1 000m on the poly in Jan­uary, but hasn’t run since. From a good draw she has to be in­cluded run­ning for a yard who al­ways have them fit. Ac­ci­den­tal Tourist can be in the pic­ture if start­ing on terms. In the third leg of the PA and first leg of the Jack­pot, a MR 66 Hand­i­cap over 1 200m, the one who makes the most ap­peal is Y’retheone. This Rebel King geld­ing has a nice long-strid­ing ac­tion and some abil­ity. He has run well fresh be­fore, so war­rants banker con­sid­er­a­tion on a tough card like this. He does have a ten­dency to over race, so will need a good pace and some cover and there is hope of get­ting both with the pacey Hold The Line drawn out wide.

The lat­ter could hold on for a place and the tal­ented and ver­sa­tile Black Jaguar could be one to in­clude from pole po­si­tion returning from a rest, as he has dropped to an at­trac­tive merit rat­ing and S’Manga Khu­malo is an eye catch­ing book­ing.

Al­most Hu­man might get the run of the race from a plum draw and York­shire Dales and Zin­zara can’t be ig­nored.

The sixth race is a MR 86 hand­i­cap over 1 000m and the top­weight Rockey Val­ley makes ap­peal de­spite be­ing six points higher than his last win.

The lat­ter vic­tory was over 1 200, but he was quite keen there and gave the im­pres­sion he would en­joy 1 000m. Fur­ther­more, he is drawn in pole po­si­tion.

How­ever, Lil Red Rooster and Var­bra­tion are in good form and are course and dis­tance suited too, so are hard to ig­nore.

The sev­enth is the Listed Off To Stud over 1 600m and Wukkin’ Up is drawn in pole and is hav­ing her third run af­ter a lay­off over an ideal trip.

She looks likely to en­joy the poly and An­ton Mar­cus is aboard. How­ever, it is also a tricky event and her three sta­ble­mates Strate­gic News, Heaps Of Fun and In Other Words can’t be ig­nored and nei­ther can the classy Frosty Fri­day, who should be cherry ripe over an ideal trip.

The next race is the Mer­cury Sprint and Bull Val­ley is se­lected to be a PA banker from a plum draw.

Trip To Heaven has to in­cluded in the Pick 6 and Jack­pot, be­cause if he does not start too slowly his ex­cep­tional turn of foot can carry him to vic­tory.

Sergeant Hardy also makes ap­peal from a good draw as one with good pace and the abil­ity to stay on. New Preda­tor, Talk­tothes­tars and Kan­ga­roo Jack are the oth­ers who look ca­pa­ble of win­ning. The last is a MR 62 hand­i­cap on the poly. Kali’s Champ is an im­prov­ing sort and can go close if re­pro­duc­ing his de­cent ef­fort last time out in the KZN Breed­ers 1 600.

How­ever, he has a wide draw and the con­sis­tent poly horse Rus­sian Speed has to be in­cluded from a good draw off a com­pet­i­tive merit rat­ing.

Saber’s Beads, Han­nah’s An­swer and Roy’s Sailor also have to be con­sid­ered.

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