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VALUE: GREEN LASER WILL IM­PROVE ON HIS LAST RUN AND IS AT A GOOD PRICE

The Citizen (KZN) - - Front Page - Muzi Yeni

Snaith and Fourie could win Cape Guineas with Sachdev.

There's more Grade 1 ac­tion at Ke­nil­worth to­day with the run­ning of the Cape Guineas. A 16-horse field will test pun­ters in the ex­pected R5-mil­lion Pick 6 pool and judg­ing by the bet­ting mar­ket, an open con­test is ex­pected.

Cape Clas­sic vic­tor Sil­ver Op­er­a­tor, who should en­joy the ex­tra 200m and has An­ton Mar­cus up, is 7-2 favourite but is drawn No 14. He held off Cap­tain Tat­ters by 0.40 lengths but he is now drawn No 2.

Richard Fourie rides Justin Snaith-trained Sachdev, who at 7-1 is my first se­lec­tion. He flopped in the Cape Clas­sic but it was his first run around the turn. He showed his true po­ten­tial when caught late by King Of Gems in the Concorde Cup over the dis­tance but on the Win­ter course.

Sean Tarry is well rep­re­sented with four run­ners, headed up by ju­ve­nile Grade 1 win­ner Eden Roc. Pure State won the Ready To Run Stakes over 1400m last week but could find this be­yond him in con­sec­u­tive weeks.

Rock The Globe didn't dis­grace him­self be­hind Pure State af­ter rac­ing wide from a poor draw. Pu­ton­thered­light has it all to do from a wide draw.

In­ter­est­ingly, Piere Strydom has opted for Mac­thief, who was also close up to King Of Gems and Sachdev, and is drawn No 1.

African Warrior had an ex­cus­able last run in the same con­test when go­ing off as favourite and un­doubt­edly de­serves an­other chance.

The Premier Tro­phy sees Hawwaam makes his Cape de­but. The Sil­vano colt gives Twist Of Fate 1kg but is ex­pected to con­firm the Daily News 2000 form. He un­doubt­edly mer­its the 3-10 odds tag but a boxed Ex­acta could be the right play.

The Listed Sec­re­tariat Stakes over 1400m head­lines to­day’s

Turf­fontein card. Green Laser is my top se­lec­tion. He clearly needed his run be­hind Iki­gai, and run­ner-up Riverstown franked that form when win­ning the Grand Her­itage at the Vaal on Thurs­day. His ju­ve­nile run­ner-up berth be­hind Eden Roc stands out in his form line.

Al Bo­rak looks the dan­ger af­ter his course-and-dis­tance tri­umph with Hay­ley Turner up. He does ap­pear ready for this rise in class and is drawn well.

Rid­ing en­gage­ments from the Mike de Kock yard favour Vaseem, who has much scope and should en­joy the ex­tra 200m. The sta­ble could con­trol the tempo with their four-pronged at­tack.

Cap­tain Hind­sight, who has im­proved in blink­ers, is the ob­vi­ous form choice in the open­ing event, a Maiden Plate over 1000m. There are some speed­sters like Jozi Hus­tle, Iron Mike, Titelist, Blow Me Down and Mar­malade Cat who could pose a threat.

Banker Cap­tain Hind­sight to win with those four in a Tri­fecta.

Race 2 is the first leg of the BiPot and this fil­lies’ 1000m maiden looks wide open though I was en­cour­aged by Allez Les Bleu's first start in Gaut­eng. She met some qual­ity sorts in sub­se­quent win­ners Liq­uid Ir­ish and Call Me Tonight while in KZN. Glow­to­ria should build on her de­cent de­but while May Queen, Ur­ban Oa­sis, Blessed Rain and Gin­seng have chances.

Go each-way on Allez Les Bleu and box Swingers and Tri­fec­tas with those men­tioned.

Race 3 is a Maiden Plate over 1600m and I am strong on Wild Thoughts who drops in class af­ter con­test­ing a hand­i­cap on Sum­mer Cup day. She had solid prior form and holds Fire­works safe on her penul­ti­mate run when re­turn­ing from a 21-week ab­sence.

Watch the bet­ting on un­raced Ocean For­est who rep­re­sents the for­mi­da­ble Alec Laird/S’manga Khu­malo com­bi­na­tion but have a solid each-way bet on Wild Thoughts.

Snow Palace and Vic­to­ria Paige rightly dom­i­nate the bet­ting in Race 4 and should fight it out. But I'm strong on Snow Palace who I ex­pect to dic­tate the tempo with War­ren Kennedy up. The pair de­feated sub­se­quent win­ner Green Top with front-run­ning tac­tics over this trip last month.

Vic­to­ria Paige hasn't raced since her fourth in the Grade 1 Thek­wini Stakes on Gold Cup day. She fin­ished 0.45 lengths be­hind Snow Palace who I rode. Al­though Tarry’s charge is un­beaten on this gal­lop­ing cir­cuit, her ju­ve­nile ef­forts in­di­cate she prefers a solid pace which may not ma­te­ri­alise.

Banker Snow Palace in ev­ery­thing.

Race 5 is a tricky Grad­u­a­tion Plate over 2000m. Spero Optima looks use­ful and In Ca­hoots, who fin­ished third to him last time, won the Her­itage Con­so­la­tion on Thurs­day. He's still de­vel­op­ing his rat­ing so be­ing out at the weights isn't a huge prob­lem.

Filly Keep Smil­ing is best weighted af­ter her huge merit rat­ing bump fol­low­ing a crack­ing ef­fort in the Fil­lies Mile be­hind un­beaten Sum­mer Pud­ding but she is too short in the bet­ting for my lik­ing and there are stamina doubts.

That isn't the case with Owl­inthetree who got up late to get his ca­reer back on track last time. The lurker could be Glider Pilot who has un­doubt­edly lost his way af­ter a fine start to his ca­reer but his last at­tempt must be closely watched to be truly ap­pre­ci­ated.

Back Spero Optima with a cover bet on Glider Pilot. Take as many Swingers as your bud­get al­lows and box the Ex­acta.

Tarry yard holds a strong hand in Race 6, a Progress Plate for fil­lies and mares over 1160m, but my pref­er­ence is for im­prov­ing Tropic Sun who is bet­ter over this dis­tance. Spir­itofthe­groove is best weighted on of­fi­cial rat­ings and is an­other who rep­re­sents the Sum­mer Pud­ding form line.

Tarry’s third run­ner, Mon­treal Mist, has work to do at the weights but she has a nar­row win over Spir­itofthe­groove. Afrostar must be in­cluded de­spite top weight.

Back Tropic Sun and box Swingers with Spir­itofthe­groove and Afrostar.

The older horses may have the up­per hand in Race 8, a FM 84 Hand­i­cap over 1400m. Golden Spi­ral can run on from off the pace so the widest draw isn't a dis­as­ter. She has pro­duced some use­ful re­cent runs and should have gone closer last time but for be­ing car­ried in­wards through­out that event.

Kirk­con­nel Lass was given a bril­liant ride to win last time over the course and dis­tance and is weighted to turn the ta­bles on Golden Spi­ral and Tar­garyen Queen. There are some use­ful younger sorts but Fly­ing High and Frosted Steel have their work cut out at the weights and the lat­ter is also a dif­fi­cult ride.

Tar­tan Dancer has pro­gressed nicely for her in form yard and may be best hand­i­capped of the trio of Sopho­mores.

Go each-way on Golden Spi­ral and box Swingers with Kirk­con­nel Lass, Tar­garyen Queen, Tar­tan Dancer, Fly­ing High and Frosted Steel.

Race 9 is a Maiden Plate over 1400m and the De Kock pair of Gha­ly­oon and Ak­waan should dom­i­nate the fin­ish, the strong pref­er­ence be­ing for the for­mer. Ig­nore his last run as the sad­dle slipped.

Al­though this gal­lop­ing cir­cuit will suit Ak­waan, I feel the trip may find him out, even with the aid of blink­ers. Cu­ri­ous is best of the rest but has a poor draw. Watch for im­prove­ment from re­cently gelded Ram­page who should en­joy this dis­tance.

Go strong on Gha­ly­oon, banker in Tri­fec­tas and Quar­tets with the other three se­lec­tions.

Muzi’s Pick 6 (R1,200): 2 x 1, 2, 4, 7 x 1, 3, 5, 6, 7 x 3, 4, 7, 8, 9 x 1, 2, 5, 7, 9, 10 x 4, 5

IM­PROVE­MENT EX­PECTED. Green Laser had a de­cent enough come­back run and looks great value in Race 7 at Turf­fontein to­day.

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