Mar­cus to get off to a win­ning start

Weekend Argus (Sunday Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - AN­DREW HAR­RI­SON

RACING switches to the Greyville poly to­day where An­ton Mar­cus, pic­tured, can get pun­ters off to a win­ning start in the first three races.

Mar­cus will be aboard Holy Land for Den­nis Drier in the card opener and Sorcer­ess for Dun­can How­ells in the next.

Holy Land started favourite for his last start af­ter show­ing some prom­ise but he was ob­vi­ously not tak­ing his home­work to the track as he stepped out in blink­ers.

That ex­per­i­ment failed and Holy Land steps out two stones lighter to­mor­row so should now have his mind on the job.

Race For Gra­ham and Tiger’s Bond look pick of the bal­ance.

Only seven run­ners are carded for the Wilmar Se­cu­rity Novice Plate and the re­sult could rest be­tween the two fil­lies Sorcer­ess and Sweet Mary Lou.

Sorcer­ess is the more ex­posed of the two and is well in at the weights.

She raced with­out cover last time out and ran out of steam over the fi­nal fur­long.

With a more ju­di­cious ride she does rate the horse to beat.

Sweet Mary Lou

On the other hand, Sweet Mary Lou won in good com­pany on de­but and not dis­graced in fea­ture com­pany next time out.

She steps up to what should prove to be a more suit­able trip and with ap­pren­tice Luke Fer­raris claim­ing 2.5kg she comes in with a handy gal­lop­ing weight.

Mar­cus is aboard Bul­let­ing Home in the third and Sean Tarry’s vet­eran looks pretty much primed for this.

His last run was at the outer limit of his stamina and he will be much more at home over to­day’s 1400m.

The South African Jockey Academy is the envy of world racing and three races on the eight-race card, are ex­clu­sively for ap­pren­tice rid­ers.

Serino Mood­ley, who comes out of his time at the end of this year, could get the ball rolling aboard Garth Puller’s run­ner March Preview.

Puller’s yard is in mus­tard form of late and March Preview has shown up well in his two starts back from a lengthy break, blink­ers seem­ingly the key to his re­cently im­proved per­for­mances. He should be at his peak come to­mor­row.

The big­gest threat to his chances could come in the form of Lick­e­rio.

Yo­gas Goven­der’s geld­ing was a re­cent maiden win­ner but has shown early prom­ise.

Supreme con­fi­dence

The step up in trip should suit and ap­pren­tice Khanya Sakayi, who is rid­ing with supreme con­fi­dence of late, takes a bonus 2.5kg off his back.

Sakayi has picked up a plum ride on It­dawne­donme for How­ells in the Lov­ing Life Sta­bles Hand­i­cap and he could be hard to beat.

How­ells was con­fi­dent of a big run last time out but It­dawne­donme found one to good on the day, run out of it late by Tommy Grand.

It­dawne­donme shed his maiden on the poly and given his last show­ing he rates a strong chance and a pos­si­ble ex­otic bet banker.

The School of Man­age­ment Ex­cel­lence Hand­i­cap has a wide open look about it and it may prove prudent for pun­ters to load up in this leg of the ex­otics.

O’Ke­effe has taken to the poly track, win­ning her last two to re­main un­beaten on the syn­thetic sur­face and she can go in again.

But An­dre Nel’s run­ner does give weight to the ma­jor­ity of the field.

Lezeanne Forbes sad­dles the mare Tanami at the bot­tom of the hand­i­cap and she has shown up well in two out­ings since re­turn­ing from a lengthy break.

Mark Khan will be aboard again and Tanami must rate a big chance.

The How­ells pair of Roy’s Vogue and Queen’s Plain are oth­ers to con­sider while Roy’s Stingray is a lightly raced im­port who has only been out of the money once in six out­ings and must also be a big run­ner.

Lit­tle Au­drey and Star In The Sky should dom­i­nate the In­vestec Hand­i­cap where the form of the bal­ance of the run­ners is not much to write home about.

Lit­tle Au­drey

Lit­tle Au­drey was a touch un­lucky when go­ing down to Pur­ple And Gold last time out and has im­proved with ev­ery out­ing.

How­ever, Star In The Sky has given no­tice that she has a fu­ture af­ter two prom­i­nent show­ings over shorter.

She should take the step up in trip in her stride and Den­nis Drier has de­clared blink­ers.

The fi­nal event of the af­ter­noon is an­other dif­fi­cult hand­i­cap.

Path To Glory is some­thing of a course and dis­tance spe­cial­ist and although she ran out of luck when beaten last time out, she had pre­vi­ously reeled off a hat-trick of wins.

Tal­ented ap­pren­tice Ash­ton Ar­ries re­tains the ride for Mike Miller.

Girl In Gold, Break­ing Bar­ri­ers and Just Rap also war­rant se­ri­ous con­sid­er­a­tion but it is a race where the advice is to loadup.

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