Mighty High, Ler­ena the real he­roes

Hero’s Hon­our can bounce back to best

Sowetan - - Dipapadi - By Rac­ing Ed­i­tor

The Listed Swal­low Stakes will head­line pro­ceed­ings on the Turf­fontein Stand­side track to­mor­row, and it could pay to side with trainer Jo­han Janse van Vu­uren’s Grade 1 win­ner Mighty High when she re­unites with the in-form Gavin Ler­ena.

Pick 6 play­ers, you can banker this daugh­ter of Path­fork, but if you’re look­ing to go a bit wider, All At Once (who re­news ri­valry) is all you need.

Re­turn­ing from a lay­off of al­most three months, Mighty High, pre­vi­ously un­de­feated in three ef­forts, was un­for­tu­nately vic­tim to ring-rust in her most re­cent per­for­mance when tast­ing de­feat for the first time, fin­ish­ing 0.75 lengths be­hind All At Once.

Ler­ena has been rid­ing like a man pos­sessed and his mount is clearly far bet­ter than that last per­for­mance sug­gests.

She’ll strip a fit­ter horse to­mor­row, and if can re­pro­duce her Al­lan Rober­son per­for­mance when out­class­ing highly-rated thor­ough­breds like Celtic Sea, Ghaalla and Ron­nie’s Candy she will have ab­so­lutely no trou­ble show­ing this lot a clean pair of heels.

This three-year-old filly is un­likely to lose de­spite the fact she is at a mas­sive dis­ad­van­tage at the weights. Un­for­tu­nately she meets All At Once on iden­ti­cal terms – shoul­der­ing a mam­moth 6kg more!

The lat­ter is a two-time win­ner from three starts and there was a lot to like about her penul­ti­mate start when a game sec­ond be­hind Mardi Gras.

If the Quar­tet tick­les your fancy, con­sider float­ing All At Once and Mighty High with Vida Es Bella, Blonde Vi­sion, Three Stars, Mazari, Fir­doas and Cordillera.

The jockey-trainer com­bi­na­tion of ap­pren­tice Den­nis Sch­warz and Gary Alexan­der has been fir­ing on all cylin­ders and it could pay to go the TAB Each­way route when they team up with SA Derby win­ner Hero’s Hon­our in Race 5, an As­sess­ment Plate over 1600m.

This Await The Dawn geld­ing caught the eye in his first per­for­mance since that Grade 1 tri­umph, beaten a com­mend­able 4.70 lengths into fourth place by Greek Fire over 1450m – a trip far too short, plus he was drawn worst of all!

He tops the best-weighted col­umn, is drawn at No 7 and that last form line has pro­duced a win­ner, in the form of run­ner-up Dhabyaan.

Alexan­der’s charge will have to get the bet­ter of the Sean Tarry-trained Zil­lzaal, who seems to have found his niche over 1600m.

He made an ab­so­lute mock­ery of his ri­vals on the sec­ond time of ask­ing, win­ning by three lengths. He shoul­ders 4kg less than Hero’s Hon­our and jumps from a plum No 2 draw.

Per­haps take boxed Swingers and Ex­ac­tas fea­tur­ing the pair. For the Pick 6 con­sider adding Arm­strong, Zo­diac Ruler and Ap­proach Con­trol.

Fol­low­ing an un­lucky de­feat, Jo­han Janse van Vu­uren-trained Mighty High re­unites with Gavin Ler­ena and is ex­pected to win the Listed Swal­low Stakes.

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