William The Silent looks ready to roar in the Mer­chants

The Citizen (KZN) - - Racing Express - Jack Mil­ner

The sec­ond-run-af­ter-a-lay­off syn­drome will come un­der the spot­light when William The Silent lines up for the Grade 2 New Turf Car­ri­ers Mer­chants over 1160m at Turf­fontein to­mor­row.

This Rob­bie Sage-trained run­ner was a top-class ju­ve­nile and caused quite an up­set when he won the Grade 2 SA Nurs­ery over 1160m last year. He didn’t take to Scottsvill­e when he ran in the Gold Medal­lion, fin­ish­ing un­placed. He was gelded in July.

This son of Var won an Assess­ment Plate and then ran in the Listed Golden Loom over 1000m in which he ran un­placed. William The Silent lived up to his name be­cause we did not see him in ac­tion for ex­actly a year. He came back to con­test this year’s Golden Loom and al­most won it. He was touched off by Prince Of Ka­hal.

That run speaks vol­umes or his abil­ity and William The Silent could get back in a win­ning mode in the Mer­chants. The only con­cern is whether he will suf­fer any ill-ef­fects on his lay­off in his sec­ond run back.

He will again meet Prince Of Ka­hal but he is 0.5kg bet­ter off and that could swing it in his favour. Muzi Yeni is carded to ride.

But no­body likes to see a string of wins beaten and De­nis Sch­warz will un­doubt­edly be striv­ing to keep his record on Prince Of Ka­hal in­tact. He has rid­den Mag­ner’s charge five times for five wins.

Van Halen makes his re­turn af­ter a rest and tends to en­joy rac­ing fresh. He won his last comeback run over 1100m at this course in the Man O’ War Sprint and has been sup­ported to achieve that feat again.

Corne Spies has his yard in good nick and Craig Zackey will go close on this son of Or­a­to­rio.

It was in­ter­est­ing to note that on Char­ity Mile day horses drawn on the in­side of the track in races up the straight did not per­form well. It is worth keep­ing an eye on that dur­ing the ear­lier races as that could have some im­pact on run­ners like Sun­set Eyes, Ul­tra Mag­nus and Sir Frenchie.

Oth­ers to in­clude are Wynkelder, Mardi Gras, War­rior’s Rest and Gimme A Wave.

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