Mar­cus and Orchid Ex­press will Crank It Up

The Citizen (KZN) - - Racing Express - Bonginkosi Nkosi

Al­though An­ton Mar­cus is cur­rently rid­ing like a man pos­sessed, one can’t help but won­der if he ever feels any pres­sure from the pub­lic be­cause when it comes to rac­ing on KwaZulu-Natal cir­cuit, he is the one jockey a large ma­jor­ity of pun­ters ex­pect to de­liver the goods on bankers.

One day af­ter pos­si­bly win­ning the Sum­mer Cup on So­qrat – Su­per­man – as he is af­fec­tion­ately known by his le­gion of fans is likely to be seen in the win­ner’s en­clo­sure with two solid bankers at Hol­ly­wood­bets Greyville race­course on Sun­day.

His best ride on the eight-race card is eas­ily the Jo­han Janse van Vu­uren-trained Orchid Ex­press in Race 8, a FM Maiden Plate over 1400m on the Turf track.

This daugh­ter of Or­a­to­rio brings en­cour­ag­ing High­veld form to the race and con­sid­er­ing his­tory proves that horses who raid from Johannesbu­rg tend to flour­ish in Dur­ban, this filly will be ex­tremely hard to peg back.

Al­though she was far from dis­graced when fol­low­ing up her penul­ti­mate third with a fourth, those re­sults over 1200m are not a true re­flec­tion of her abil­ity.

She was un­for­tu­nately bumped in both ef­forts and suf­fered a speedy cut in her penul­ti­mate out­ing. The man­ner in which Orchid Ex­press fin­ished off her most re­cent race when run­ning on from near last pass­ing the 300m to fin­ish 1.75 lengths behind Jenny Mcgee strongly sug­gests she will prove lethal over this 1400m trip.

She jumps from a plum No 1 draw and only has one dan­ger, the best-weighted Bint El Malak, who has recorded two thirds and a sec­ond from last three starts.

The jockey-trainer com­bi­na­tion of Van Vu­uren and Mar­cus should draw first blood with BiPot banker Crank It Up in Race 1, a Maiden Plate over 2000m.

This colt has fin­ished third in three of four out­ings and he was beaten by a bad draw more than any­thing else when fin­ish­ing 6.30 lengths behind Christophe­r Robin over 1600m last time out.

His case is fur­ther strength­ened by the fact he is weighted to win and jumps from a No 5 draw in this 11-horse field.

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