Trinity House has the edge

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - RACING -

MICHAEL CLOWER

TRINITY HOUSE, good enough to beat all ex­cept Princess Vic­to­ria in the Fil­lies Guineas, is out to make her class tell in the Gra­ham Beck Me­mo­rial Scep­tre Stakes at Ke­nil­worth on Mon­day.

She is the only three year-old in the field and her age group have won four of the last six run­nings. The only prob­lem is that she is drop­ping back from a mile to 1 200m.

The last time she tack­led a trip as short as this was in the Alan Robert­son at Scottsville seven months ago and her rider came in reporting that she wanted fur­ther. “I agree that the Scottsville race could have been a bit short but the race came at the end of her first sea­son,” says Joey Rams­den. She had some pretty good six fur­long form and I don’t think the dis­tance is a prob­lem.”

But Covenant could be. Last year’s win­ner, although not of­fi­cially the best on merit rat­ings, is the only Grade 1 win­ner in the field and she is real class.

The way she kept on be­hind cham­pion sprinter Val De Ra on her reap­pear­ance in the South­ern Cross oozed prom­ise and she looks the one they all have to beat. Fur­ther­more she is rid­den by Karl Nei­sius who is bid­ding for his fifth Scep­tre win in ten years.

“It won’t be an easy race for her but she has been do­ing well and her work at home is good,” re­ports Candice Robin­son who says that the filly is likely to at­tempt to com­plete last sea­son’s dou­ble in the Klaw­ervlei Ma­jorca.

This is jointly the small­est Scep­tre field since Laisser Faire, al­most un­back­able at 1-5, fright­ened off all but four of her op­po­nents ten years ago.

But that is not through any fault of Justin Snaith who pro­vides a third of the field.

He has never won this race and his trio are headed, in the­ory if not in prac­tice, by Fra­grant Al who is rated a kilo bet­ter than both sta­ble com­pan­ion State Blue and Covenant, and no less than 4.5k su­pe­rior to Trinity House.

“I hope Fra­grant Al will run bet­ter this time but she is not do­ing or look­ing her best,” Snaith cau­tions. “State Blue (the mount of sta­ble jockey Felix Coet­zee) and Dance With Al are both at the top of their game.

“State Blue is in her nor­mal good form and the other filly is the best I’ve had her this sea­son.”

Cap­tain’s Em­blem would have been 5-7k be­hind the big guns but for be­ing raised a ques­tion­able six points for last time’s hand­i­cap win. “That sur­prised me a bit,” says Vaughan Mar­shall. “But it will be a nice gal­lop­ing race which suits her and I think she will go well.”

The re­main­der have at least three to five lengths to find on rat­ings.

There have been two real long shots (33-1 and 40-1) in the past four sea­sons but there is no log­i­cal rea­son why there should be an­other.

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