Cape Times

Go bold with William The Brave


WILLIAM THE BRAVE can live up to his name and make it three off the reel in the Play Soccer 6 Handicap at Kenilworth today. The Joey Ramsden four-year-old took ten races to win his maiden – and was tried over a whole variety of different trips in the process - but he seems in his element over this 1 800m and he still looks reasonably handicappe­d despite going up six points for last time’s Graduation success.


He had Visigoth 1.7 lengths back fourth that day and actually meets Sean Tarry’s runner on a kilo and a half better terms. World Sports Betting opened the selection at 28-10 but he was 33-10 yesterday along with Visigoth who runs without blinkers after that experiment failed to work in the Politician. One to note is Flying Ryan (11-2) who went close last time.

Punters are faced with a familiar problem in the opening maiden, whether to go for the form horse or take a chance with a lightly-raced improver.

Hammie’s Fan appeals more on form than fellow 5-1 chance Ladysmith but Sunshine Mint (very short at 9-20) was well backed on debut and ran a creditable second.

It is this Dennis Drier favourite who gets the vote but without a great deal of confidence because the winner that day (Vice Versa) won very easily indeed and promptly let the form down.

Gyre can take the TAB Telebet Handicap and make amends for his narrow but most unlucky fourth last month. He lost a good two lengths at the start and then had to switch when finishing strongly. He looks value at 28-10 even though the sahorserac­ing computer reckons he won’t make the frame.

One Direction

It predicts that 33-10 shot One Direction (who started favourite last time but ran badly and finished last) will win from Benjan and Stonehenge with 28-10 joint favourite Waiting For Rain fourth.

In the Tabonline Maiden half an hour later the computer has Cradleofgr­atitude (33-10) winning by a mile. Maybe it is influenced by Candice Bass-Robinson and Aldo Domeyer being in such form but preference is for evens favourite Sea Fury who was only beaten a short head on his most recent start.

Miss Smarty Pants is 18-10 favourite for the Betting World Maiden and she looks the one to beat as she drops back in trip after running below form over a mile. Spam Alert (the computer’s tip) looks the danger but don’t ignore Perfectpro­portions who is on a retrieving mission after disappoint­ing at odds-on four weeks ago.

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