Mar­cus and Hill should be able to Bolt to vic­tory

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

Highly rated Cana­dian Bolt has failed to jus­tify favouritis­m in all six ca­reer out­ings, record­ing two close-up sec­onds and just as many thirds so you re­ally can’t blame a punter for giv­ing up on this Robbie and Shan­non Hill-trained geld­ing.

The only is­sue with horses like this is that the mo­ment you go against them, they go out and win.

On Sun­day af­ter­noon, Cana­dian Bolt will get the ser­vices of mul­ti­ple cham­pion jockey An­ton Mar­cus – who can do no wrong at the mo­ment – in Race 1, Maiden Plate over 1200m on the Hol­ly­wood­bets Greyville Race­course.

Mar­cus is known for pick­ing the right horses at the right time, so although Cana­dian Bolt will be re­turn­ing from a lengthy 268-day lay­off – on form alone he looks a solid BiPot banker.

The time off may have also done him the world of good.

The great news is that the clos­est Cana­dian Bolt has gone to win­ning a race was over this 1200m dis­tance, when pro­duc­ing a late as­sault on Lick­e­rio to fin­ish sec­ond, beaten a rapidly di­min­ish­ing 0.25 lengths on the Poly­track.

Most im­pres­sive about that of­fer­ing was the fact he was drawn worst of all!

All ap­pears to be in this son of Path­fork’s favour on Sun­day. He is weighted to win and is beau­ti­fully drawn at No 3.

If not too ring-rusty fol­low­ing the mi­nor 65-day break, the Den­nis Drier-trained Ka­roo Lark – an ex­pen­sive R1 mil­lion pur­chase – will have no trou­ble win­ning Race 7, a MR 79 Hand­i­cap over 1600m.

Although drift­ing from 10-1 to 20-1 at the first time of ask­ing, this Ideal World three-year-old pro­duced a smash­ing turn of foot in the lat­ter stages – run­ning on from near last pass­ing the 300m marker to beat Val­liant Knight by an im­pres­sive 1.90 lengths over 1400m.

He is drawn at No 2, a big ad­van­tage as his main dan­ger, Baby Shooz, is drawn No 11.

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