Coe­nie can Talk­tothes­tars

The Citizen (KZN) - - Racing Express - Bren­dan Gail­lard

Trainer Coe­nie de Beer only has a small string of horses but he can boast a Grade 1 win­ner in the form of Talk­tothes­tars and although this Over­lord eight-year-old geld­ing is clearly not the same force as he was in 2016 when win­ning the Golden Horse Sprint at Scottsvill­e; he could still have re­tained enough abil­ity to take Race 7, the Kim­ber­ley 1400 (Non-Black Type) at Flamingo Park to­day.

De Beer clearly knows how to pick his races for Talk­tothes­tars and apart from his fea­ture suc­cess he has also won both times he has made the trip to Kim­ber­ley.

Talk­tothes­tars has won over this dis­tance and will be the one to beat.

Trainer Paul Match­ett has been do­ing well when raid­ing and his charge, Dan The Lad, was not beaten far on Thurs­day at the Vaal so is likely to be the big­gest threat although it will be his first run on the sand.

It is a day, how­ever, that Match­ett looks likely to play a big part in as he has nu­mer­ous run­ners with win­ning chances.

Best of them, as far as win­ning goes, could be the maiden Carry Me Car­rie in Race 4.

This three-year-old filly tries the sand for the first time, but has been placed in a cou­ple of Gaut­eng races this sea­son and the drop in dis­tance to 1600m could suit.

It is also a very weak field. Other Match­ett run­ners who must be put in the play are Tokolosh in Race 2, Crim­son Cas­tle in Race 3, Tough Choice in Race 5 and Free Deal in Race 6.

The scratch­ing of Starlight Dancer in Race 1 has opened the door for At­waar to break through and win and it could pay to take the Swinger with Incog­nito who drops back to 1000m.

Blink­ers cer­tainly worked last time with Out Of The Rain­bow as she won by 7.25 lengths and could be the Each­way strike in Race 6.

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