Operetta to sing the right tune
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.
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 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.
Luke Ferraris will ride OPERETTAin the eighth at Greyville today.