Op­eretta to sing the right tune

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

PAUL PETER is a rare vis­i­tor to KZN dur­ing the so-called ‘off sea­son’ but given the firm Highveld tracks and a cold early spring, Peter is look­ing to the more for­giv­ing Greyville turf to­day – and he may just get a bit more than he bar­gained for with some wel­come rain over the city yes­ter­day and more pre­dicted for to­day.

Peter sad­dles two run­ners and both look to have bright chances in the last two races on the card.

Peter sad­dles joint top weight Op­eretta in the eighth and she comes off some strong Highveld form.

She takes a big drop in class af­ter fin­ish­ing close-up to stronger at her last out­ing and the step up in trip could be to her lik­ing.

Sil­ver Raisin comes from the in-form Dun­can How­ells yard while both Green Ice and Ooh La La have had their re­cent form franked and could be threats. Craig Zackey will again part­ner the lightly raced Afrostar in the sev­enth.

Jud­pot

The daugh­ter of Jud­pot made a rel­a­tively late start to her rac­ing ca­reer but was well sup­ported in the mar­ket on de­but and duly obliged.

She also started favourite n her sea­sonal de­but over 1200m on the Turf­fontein in­side track only to go down the short­est of short heads.

She has a rel­a­tively high merit rat­ing and takes on older run­ners off top weight so pun­ters may want to take out some in­sur­ance in the ex­otics.

Dean Kan­nemeyer’s yard is start­ing to fire again and Cape In­fanta has put in two use­ful ef­forts for her new sta­ble since re­lo­cat­ing from the Highveld.

Karatage and Girl In Gold both drop in class while Sheik’s Storm has come to hand and looks com­pet­i­tive.

Also raid­ing from the Highveld is Clin­ton Binda who sad­dles Al­phamike­fox­trot for the lo­cally based Hol­ly­wood Syn­di­cate whose mem­bers will no doubt be on course.

How­ever, the geld­ing has taken time to come to hand and only now ap­pears to be find­ing his form af­ter be­ing stepped up in trip.

To­mor­row’s 1600m would ap­pear to be right up his street al­though top rated Dot Coza will be a threat.

The con­sis­tent Roy’s Stingray drops down to what looks to be a more suit­able trip in the fourth al­though she does have 62kg to shoul­der.

Like Roy’s Stingray, Queen’s Plain is down in the hand­i­cap and has been threat­en­ing for some time while Tanami found some good mar­ket sup­port last time out and can make amends back on turf over a more suit­able trip.

Verdier

Verdier in the fifth has hardly been out of the money for Mark Dixon and was touched off by the lightly weighted Rio De La Plata last time out.

He faces a few other lightly weighted run­ners with form in this Grad­u­a­tion Hand­i­cap but he does look ca­pa­ble in an­other com­pet­i­tive hand­i­cap.

Yo­gas Goven­der looks to have a smart filly in the mak­ing in Ari­anos Shadow in the sixth.

She took on Gr3 com­pany last start and only found the smart Tem­ple Grafin too good for her.

On that form alone she could prove dif­fi­cult to beat al­though she is up against an­other Highveld raider in the form of the Jo­han Janse van Vu­uren-trained Re­gal Grad­u­a­tion who has some fair form in strong com­pany and was nar­rowly beaten last time out – Van Vu­uren hav­ing a win­ner on Fri­day night.

Pic­ture: JC Pho­tos

Luke Fer­raris will ride OP­ERETTAin the eighth at Greyville to­day.

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