Q The Mu­sic to fi­nally crack it

Weekend Argus (Sunday Edition) - - RACING - AN­DREW HAR­RI­SON

TAK­ING the Com­putaform as­sess­ments into con­sid­er­a­tion, pun­ters are in for an­other dif­fi­cult af­ter­noon at Greyville to­day and if their read­ing of the sixth is any ev­i­dence then one needs to in­clude the field, or at least as many as fi­nances al­low as all 12 run­ners have an x be­hind their names.

How­ever, Q The Mu­sic has been a vic­tim of his own con­sis­tency and the hand­i­cap­pers have been re­luc­tant to drop his rat­ing, and in­deed stepped him up a cou­ple of pounds for his sec­ond plac­ing be­hind Kazaar last time out.

But he has a good draw and could well vin­di­cate the hand­i­cap­per’s as­sess­ment.

The re­gally bred Per­fect Air bids for a hat-trick of vic­to­ries in the sev­enth and the lightly raced daugh­ter of Dy­nasty did well to win her last start com­ing off a break. She is po­ten­tially the best horse in the field but may have a hard time peg­ging back Din­ner Date.

Garth Puller is in deadly form at present and al­though Din­ner Date’s form is hardly worth writ­ing home about at first glance, it may bare fur­ther scru­tiny. She races in blink­ers for the first time from a good draw and Mark Khan re­places and ap­pren­tice rider.

Fi­nal Judge­ment

Fi­nal Judge­ment was one of the lead­ing lights of her twoyear-old gen­er­a­tion win­ning the Gr2 Golden Slip­per, but she has been win­less since.

That could all change to­mor­row as she is many a punter’s idea of an ex­otic bet banker in the fourth, a Pin­na­cle Stakes over 1600m, but it may not be quite that straight for­ward.

The form of her gen­er­a­tion has not been ex­em­plary and Fi­nal Judge­ment is only rated a pound bet­ter than most of her op­po­si­tion at to­mor­row’s weights. She is the ob­vi­ous choice at first glance but the re­al­ity could be a lit­tle dif­fer­ent. Sorcer­ess and the now blink­ered Osprey strike as likely dan­gers.

A win would have been a bet­ter re­sult but Paul Laf­ferty was not un­duly wor­ried about White Light­ning’s de­feat at Scottsville last Sun­day.

“I thought he ran a good race.

“I was happy with the run. He’s only had two starts and he should come on a bit now.”

An­ton Mar­cus has stuck with the ride and White Light­ning is likely to start a short-odds again when he lines up in the third.

Last Sun­day, most of the field were caught out by the tac­tics em­ployed by Muzi Yeni on win­ner Duke Of Spin.

Go­ing to the front at a solid gallop, most maidens will have been ex­pected to com­pound in the home straight but Duke Of Spin is ob­vi­ously a touch above your av­er­age gal­loper as he had the op­po­si­tion off the bit be­fore turn­ing for home and pulled away to win as he liked.

A fur­long out, White Light­ning look­ing in dan­ger of miss­ing out for PA pun­ters but he ral­lied un­der Mar­cus and was do­ing his best work late, run­ning into sec­ond.

Sta­ble com­pan­ion Pot Luck is a likely pacemaker and pole po­si­tion over the Greyville 1600m on the turf is prime ter­ri­tory so there shouldn’t be any ex­cuses this time around.

If there is to be an­other up­set it could come in the form of the How­ells/Yeni com­bi­na­tion again.

Al­though drawn wide at 13, Jet Stream has had two bar­rier tri­als, one on the Greyville turf, and there was a lot to like about his de­but ef­fort.

How­ells has ad­mit­ted his sta­ble was be­hind where it should be be­cause of his well-doc­u­ment virus, and it now ap­pears to be turn­ing the cor­ner.

Jet Stream will much pre­fer Sun­day’s trip and Mar­cus, who of­ten rides work for the yard, has had a ‘feel’ on Jet Stream so will know ex­actly what he is up against.

Gareth Wright will pi­lot Q THE MU­SICin the sixth at Greyville to­day.

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