‘Bushy’ should be at his peak

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THE oddly named – for a race­horse that is – Brighteye­bushy­tail looked to be go­ing places early in his ca­reer, win­ning two in a row at only his sec­ond and third start, both over ground, but train­ing set­backs saw him off the track from De­cem­ber last year un­til hav­ing a bar­rier trial in June this year, his first out­ing since geld­ing.

Dun­can How­ells has taken his time with the geld­ing and since his trial, Bighteye­bushy­tail has had two starts over 1600m and should be at his peak when he lines up in the Nashua Mar­itzburg Pin­na­cles Stakes over 2400m at Scottsville to­day.

“He will much pre­fer this trip,” said How­ells.

Brighteye­bushy­tail has a touch of class and if back to best could be dif­fi­cult to beat and value for money at 11-2.

Only seven horses are carded for the race where Los Bar­ba­dos (3-1) and Crime Vic­tim (5-1) also re­new ri­valry.

There was less than a length sep­a­rat­ing the two when last they met over course and dis­tance. How­ever, there is a 3.5kg swing in the weights in favour of Crime Vic­tim, sta­ble companion to Brighteye­bushy­tail.

Alyson Wright, fresh from a mid­week dou­ble, sad­dles Cat’s L e g a c y (3-1) who only got go­ing late when back to a mile last time out, could well find this trip more to his lik­ing.

Dean Kan­nemeyer took a ‘time out’ af­ter the end of Cham­pi­ons Sea­son with It’s My Turn’s eLan Gold Cup vic­tory putting the cherry on another suc­cess­ful sea­son.

R&R and AHS vac­ci­na­tions have been the or­der of the day with only a sin­gle win­ner since the start of the cur­rent sea­son but that can change to­mor­row where the sta­ble sends out some com­pet­i­tive run­ners start­ing with Savea (3-1) in the Dennis Drier Rac­ing Hand­i­cap.

The lightly raced son of Var was a win­ner on de­but at Ke­nil­worth be­fore tak­ing on some fair ju­ve­nile fields, twice fin­ish­ing be­hind Twist Of Fate.

Savea has since been gelded and made a smart sea­sonal de­but be­hind Les­lie Shad­ow­liner, also fin­ish­ing a length be­hind Socrates who runs in the fol­low­ing race, a MR 80 Hand­i­cap where Shane Humby’s run­ner has a strong win­ning chance.

Geld­ing ap­pears to have had the de­sired ef­fect although Savea does face a use­ful field.

An­ton Mar­cus has stayed with Cap­tain Von Trapp, just over a length back to the use­ful Sylvester The Cat last time out, but will pos­si­bly pre­fer this shorter trip.

How­ells has a busy af­ter­noon ahead with 13 run­ners and Edge Of The Sun (8-1) also comes into the pic­ture af­ter his close-up sec­ond last time out.

“Com­ing back to his best,” was the com­ment on his web­site.

Newly crowned na­tional cham­pion Lyle He­wit­son is mak­ing his way back from in­jury with two mounts at Turf­fontein to­day and another four to­mor­row although Field­mar­shal Fenix does look held on cur­rent form.

Dennis Bosch ap­pears to have got Chan­ty­man (9-1) back to where he was early in his ca­reer when he showed loads of po­ten­tial.

Af­ter a lengthy break he has re­turned with a use­ful trial and a warm-up when third to Pata Pata over Sun­day’s course and dis­tance.

But he will need to be pretty close to his best in the Dun­can How­ells Rac­ing Sta­bles Hand­i­cap as he faces a num­ber of run­ners in good form.

The cur­rently lethal com­bi­na­tion of Garth Puller and Khanya Sakayi will have plenty of sup­port team­ing up with Ish­nana (9-1) while the mare Gra­tu­ity (13-1) is quick and the lightly raced Socrates (18-10) has only once been out of the money.

Redeemer is un­beaten at Scottsville but Brett Craw­ford’s run­ner has not been out since April and that he is not over his op­ti­mum trip would sug­gest that he will be short of his best.

A bet­ter op­tion in the Nathan Kotzen Rac­ing Sta­bles Hand­i­cap could be Tribal Fu­sion (3-1).

Mar­cus will be aboard for Shane Humby and the geld­ing was run­ning on stoutly be­hind Monte Christo last time­out.

He has yet to fin­ish out of the money since be­ing tried in blink­ers and from a plum draw should at least be in the money again.

Kan­nemeyer sad­dles Pump­kin Queen in the sev­enth and the filly has shown ex­cel­lent form since ar­riv­ing in KZN.

She has also taken to Scottsville and can turn the ta­bles on Kome­shans Flight with Gre­cian Lau­rel (4-1) also a threat over what looks to be a more suit­able trip.

Jet Stream (9-2) has im­proved with ev­ery out­ing and could close off the meet­ing although the of­ten dif­fi­cult Pavarotti Pas­sion ap­pears to have set­tled down and has a chance along with Caliente.

Plate win. “We’re think­ing about a Cox Plate ob­vi­ously and the best way is to take it one run at a time,” he said.

“I would say it will be in Mel­bourne but we will en­joy to­day and talk about it next week, it will be no great sur­prise I am sure but if we do change it will be for a rea­son and that rea­son is the horse comes first.”

Winx, who has now won 31 of her 37 starts with three sec­onds for prize-money of A$1,9577,425, has won the past three Ge­orge Main Stakes on her way to win­ning the Cox Plate at Moonee Val­ley.

Muzi Yeni rides BRIGHTEYE­BUSHY­TAIL in the fifth at Scottsville to­day.

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