Born To Per­form has some­thing spe­cial

Post - - SPORT - DAVID THISELTON

THE Greyville poly­track hosts an eight race meet­ing to­day and the Den­nis Bosch-trained Born To Per­form, a son of Vo­da­com Dur­ban July win­ner Dancer’s Daugh­ter, will pro­vide the purists with some­thing to savour in the ffith race over 1600m.

Bosch and his team had to put in hours of hard work to just get this prob­lem­atic horse to the races.

Jockey War­ren Kennedy be­lieved he could have won his de­but by even fur­ther than 4,70 lengths and rates him “above av­er­age”.

He has a merit rat­ing of just 65 and Kennedy said the grey should “despatch this field”, although he added “It de­pends how he be­haves on the day.”

The four-year-old geld­ing had been “ex­cep­tion­ally well be­haved” both rimes he's vis­ited the race­course, much to the yard's re­lief.

Kennedy said this horse must just be left alone to race where he was happy. That strat­egy was adopted on de­but from a sim­i­larly tricky draw to this one and he he found a handy po­si­tion com­fort­ably be­fore draw­ing away in the straight.

He was cer­tainly not stop­ping at the line.

Don Pierro looks to be the main dan­ger, de­spite a wide draw, as he is ca­pa­ble of run­ning on and is off a com­pet­i­tive mark. Epic Sword has a good draw and will also be run­ning on.

How­ever, Born To Per­form looks to be a banker con­sid­er­a­tion.

The first leg if the PA over 1 200m should be a three-corned con­test be­tween the hard-knock­ing Hey Jude, the im­proved Starlight and Lit­tle Bris­tol, who had some fair form be­fore putting in a good bar­rier trial on New Year’s day.

In the first leg of the Pick 6 over 1 400m The Mas­ter is in­ter­est­ing with Mar­cus up.

He just failed when lead­ing over 1 200m in his penul­ti­mate start so should be able to lead here and is more suited to this trip on pedi­gree.

Word­buster makes most ap­peal of the rest as an im­prov­ing sort who should be cherry ripe and he has He­wit­son aboard.

The next leg is also a Maiden but is over 1600m. Mokoko makes ap­peal on form but the Paul Laf­ferty yard have warned that there yard might have been hit by a virus.

Prince Charm­ing is the se­lec­tion to win as he drops to a more suit­able trip and has He­wit­son up from a plum draw.

Carl­ton Heights faced some good sorts in Cape Town and his best run was over this trip at Dur­banville.

If he re­peats that run he should be in­volved. Grey Street dis­ap­pointed on the turf over this trip last time but has the abil­ity to earn here.

Ju­rist strikes as one who is bet­ter than his form sug­gests and can be in­cluded in a race which could yield an up­set.

Pina Colada

In race six over 1 400m Pina Colada can be for­given a be­low par run last time as she was drawn widest of all over 1 600m.

In fact she has had a succession of poor draws and now gets draw two over a step down in trip she won’t mind, be­ing by Kil­do­nan.

Sheik’s Storm has some de­cent form over this trip and was un­lucky with first time blink­ers on last time over 1 200m so must have a shout here off a re­duced merit rat­ing.

Top­weight Lit­tle Miss Me is a must in­clude hav­ing run on well over this course and dis­tance last time. Bridal Veil’s last run can be ig­nored as she was squeezed against the rail.

She was once quite well re­garded and could make her pres­ence felt over an ideal trip off a merit rat­ing which has plum­meted, although she does have a tough draw to over­come.

Liver­pool Lass went close last time when dropped to this merit rat­ing and can be in­cluded although the trip is likely a touch sharp.

In race seven over 1 200m Wendylle has been dis­ap­point­ing but the Louis Goosen yard is back in form and he could turn it around.

He likes to be in front so might ap­pre­ci­ate the step up to 1 200m and the 4kg claimer up will help. Be­daz­zled Joker went close over course and dis­tance last time and now has a bet­ter draw.

No­ble Duke pulled over 1 400m last time so will ap­pre­ci­ate the step down in trip.

Di Me won well over course and dis­tance last time and is only two points higher in the merit rat­ings. Peter Piper has a plum draw and can never be ig­nored over a course and dis­tance he has won three times over.

Cap­tain Cobalt

Cap­tain Cobalt has a chance too and Re­serve run­ner The King Of Ran­dom must be in­cluded too if get­ting a run.

In the last leg over 1 000m with the Goosen yard back in form Di Mazzio, who has al­ways had abil­ity, is the one to beat.

Top­weight Kingsmead has dropped to a com­pet­i­tive merit rat­ing and from a good draw has a chance as he has won twice over course and dis­tance.

His sta­ble­mate Char­lie-Fox has been highly tried and put up a fine per­for­mance over course and dis­tance in June last year, so he must be in­cluded with a 4kg claimer up de­spite re­turn­ing from a lay­off. Lel­slie’s Pathto­fame has turned the cor­ner and goes for a hat­trick off just a two point higher mark than his last win.

Mutawaary also has to be in­cluded.

Pic­ture: Candiese Marnewick

The Den­nis Bosch-trained BORN TO PER­FORM.

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