Marcus and Hill should be able to Bolt to victory
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.