Win­ter Five looks a strong con­tender


WIN­TER FIVE looks the busi­ness in the TAB Tele­bet Maiden Plate at Dur­banville to­day when Bernard Fayd’Herbe rides her for the first time.

For­get her last start.

It was in a work rid­ers’ race when the form is usu­ally about as re­li­able as last year’s rain­fall.


Look at her pre­vi­ous two runs and the fact that Paul Reeves is tak­ing off the blink­ers is hugely sig­nif­i­cant.

“She gets a bit uptight and I am hop­ing that she will be more re­laxed with­out them, en­abling her to save more for the fin­ish,” says her trainer.

“In any case she doesn’t need them and she has good gate speed.”

She was an 18-10 chance yes­ter­day with World Sports Bet­ting which makes Mum­taz favourite at 9-10.

Richard Fourie’s mount is rated 1.5kg be­hind the se­lec­tion although it is worth not­ing that she got stirred up in the pens when a warm favourite here last time and that may well have had some­thing to do with her man­ag­ing only a four-length fifth.

The Joey Rams­den new­comer Ski­dad­dle (by Do It Again’s sire Twice Over) at 4-1 is the only other priced at less than 10-1.


Rams­den and Dono­van Dil­lon may win the first with Apollo Ace who was re­ported to be mak­ing an ab­nor­mal res­pi­ra­tory noise af­ter fin­ish­ing only fourth when favourite here last time.

Dil­lon said that the horse was chok­ing dur­ing the race.

The colt’s form in his pre­vi­ous Ke­nil­worth start was good, he is rea­son­ably drawn at six and he has al­ready been backed from 33-10 to dis­pute favouritism at 28-10.

Au­gustina (an­other by Twice Over) is the other joint favourite but few Justin Snaith new­com­ers win first time and Rob Roy (9-2) is prob­a­bly the main danger af­ter two good runs here - de­spite his dou­ble fig­ure draw.

Trippi’s Ex­press first caught the eye when se­cond to Pleased­tomeetyou in that cel­e­brated Au­gust 11 maiden when the third and fourth were also new­com­ers and both went on to win.

He was al­most un­back­able at 2-10 here a fort­night ago when he led a fur­long out and came away un­der hands and heels to score com­fort­ably from Rob Roy.


The Bet­ting World Hand­i­cap (race four) will be a much tougher propo­si­tion but the Brett Craw­ford run­ner looks a bit spe­cial.

He shouldn’t re­ally be odds-on – par­tic­u­larly with Cap­tain­ofthe­sea and Pho­to­copy in op­po­si­tion – and he has eased from 17-20 to evens.

Harold Craw­ford is re­ally strik­ing while the iron is hot and his Spec­tra Force ap­peals at 11-2 in the In­ter­bet Hand­i­cap.

The Glen Kotzen-trained CAP­TAIN’S TREA­SURE runs in the third at Dur­banville to­day. Ryan Munger rides. Pic­ture: Candiese Marnewick

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