Get lucky with Black Cat Back

Post - - SPORT - DAVID THISELTON

FIF­TEEN horses will face the starter on Fri­day night at Greyville in one of the SA Cham­pi­ons Sea­son’s most ex­cit­ing races, the Grade 2 Post Mer­chants, which usu­ally cul­mi­nates in a cav­alry charge for the line.

Black Cat Back’s five wins have been over 1 400m but he has done well in sprints in his last two starts. In Fe­bru­ary in the Fever Tree Hand­i­cap over 1 400m at Scottsville he set a good pace but was mowed down by Sniper Shot, who has since gone on to prove his class.

The yard then fit­ted blink­ers to Black Cat Back and ran him in a Pin­na­cle event over 1 200m at Greyville.

He wasn’t quickly away and came around them from be­hind into the straight.

He still man­aged to stay on for a 1,25 length third to his use­ful sta­ble­mate Sun­set Eyes. The form was then franked by the run­ner up Tribal Fu­sion.

In­ter­est­ingly the blink­ers were re­moved for Black Cat Back’s next start in the Listed In Full Flight Stakes over 1 100m at Scottsville and he was a touch out­paced be­fore run­ning on strongly for a 2,25 length third to Bold Re­spect, with Sun­set Eyes in sec­ond.

Bold Re­spect went on to win the Grade 1 Tsogo Sun Sprint. The blink­ers re­main off Black Cat Back on Fri­day night and he has a plum draw of four. His 103 merit rat­ing is near the top of the 100 to 104 band.

There is not much be­tween Sun Set Eyes and Black Cat Back as the for­mer beat the lat­ter by 1,75kg in the In Full Flight but is now 2,5kg worse off. Three-year-old Sniper Shot was scratched for the Tsogo Sun due to a mi­nor back strain.

The last time he ran over this trip was at Scottsville and he re­ceived only 0,5kg from Sun­set Eyes and ran him to 0,75 lengths.

He was a touch un­lucky too and had the rest of the field well beaten, in­clud­ing beat­ing Tribal Fu­sion by close to ten lengths.

He has a tricky draw of eight and is now at level weights with Sun­set Eyes, but if weight for age changes are taken into ac­count he is 1,5kg bet­ter off.

At­ten­bor­ough

At­ten­bor­ough is an enig­matic sort but proved his abil­ity when win­ning the Grade 1 Com­putaform Sprint, al­beit in a be­low par Grade 1 field.

He was dropped out in the Tsogo Sun and ran on well for fifth.

His Com­putaform Sprint rider Richard Fourie is back aboard and he should be stay­ing on strongly.

Too Phat To Fly is the best weighted horse in the race on of­fi­cial merit rat­ings due to her fe­male allowance.

She was not dis­graced in the SA Fil­lies Sprint, run­ning on af­ter a slow start but it is al­ways tough against the boys and she has the widest draw of all.

Leg­is­late is a for­mer Equus Horse of the Year and finished third in the Grade 1 Mer­cury Sprint over this course and dis­tance two years ago.

He hasn’t raced for over two years and will likely need it de­spite putting up a good bar­rier trial.

Bishop’s Bounty showed his class when win­ning the Di­a­dem with a blis­ter­ing fin­ish­ing ef­fort.

The tough Ke­nil­worth track suited him. He is likely to be dropped out from a wide draw in this race and it is go­ing to be tough to make up the ground but he will be run­ning on strongly.

Our Mate Art will have to im­prove con­sid­er­ably on his Tsogo Sun Sprint run, which he likely needed. He won the Matchem over 1 400m this sea­son, show­ing he has the speed and should be run­ning on.

Pure Blonde was beaten three lengths by Black Cat Back in the In Full Flight and is only 0,5kg bet­ter off, so has a tough task on that form.

He finished sec­ond from a tough draw in the Grade 2 Senor Santa over 1160m, al­though the form of that race is open to ques­tion.

Won­der­wall

Three-year-old Won­der­wall showed he can mix it with good sprint­ers when fourth in the Grade 2 Senor Santa, beaten 0,8 lengths by Pure Blonde.

He faces the lat­ter on the same terms, al­though if weight for age changes are taken into ac­count he is ef­fec­tively 1,5kg bet­ter off.

Wynkelder just failed to beat Hack Green and Sergeant Hardy over 1 100m here in April but on In Full Flight Stakes form is 1,5kg worse off with Black Cat Back de­spite be­ing beaten 1,5 lengths by him.

The Brett Craw­ford-trained SUN­SET EYES. Picture: Candiese Marnewick

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