‘Bushy’ should be at his peak
THE oddly named – for a racehorse that is – Brighteyebushytail looked to be going places early in his career, winning two in a row at only his second and third start, both over ground, but training setbacks saw him off the track from December last year until having a barrier trial in June this year, his first outing since gelding.
Duncan Howells has taken his time with the gelding and since his trial, Bighteyebushytail has had two starts over 1600m and should be at his peak when he lines up in the Nashua Maritzburg Pinnacles Stakes over 2400m at Scottsville today.
“He will much prefer this trip,” said Howells.
Brighteyebushytail has a touch of class and if back to best could be difficult to beat and value for money at 11-2.
Only seven horses are carded for the race where Los Barbados (3-1) and Crime Victim (5-1) also renew rivalry.
There was less than a length separating the two when last they met over course and distance. However, there is a 3.5kg swing in the weights in favour of Crime Victim, stable companion to Brighteyebushytail.
Alyson Wright, fresh from a midweek double, saddles Cat’s L e g a c y (3-1) who only got going late when back to a mile last time out, could well find this trip more to his liking.
Dean Kannemeyer took a ‘time out’ after the end of Champions Season with It’s My Turn’s eLan Gold Cup victory putting the cherry on another successful season.
R&R and AHS vaccinations have been the order of the day with only a single winner since the start of the current season but that can change tomorrow where the stable sends out some competitive runners starting with Savea (3-1) in the Dennis Drier Racing Handicap.
The lightly raced son of Var was a winner on debut at Kenilworth before taking on some fair juvenile fields, twice finishing behind Twist Of Fate.
Savea has since been gelded and made a smart seasonal debut behind Leslie Shadowliner, also finishing a length behind Socrates who runs in the following race, a MR 80 Handicap where Shane Humby’s runner has a strong winning chance.
Gelding appears to have had the desired effect although Savea does face a useful field.
Anton Marcus has stayed with Captain Von Trapp, just over a length back to the useful Sylvester The Cat last time out, but will possibly prefer this shorter trip.
Howells has a busy afternoon ahead with 13 runners and Edge Of The Sun (8-1) also comes into the picture after his close-up second last time out.
“Coming back to his best,” was the comment on his website.
Newly crowned national champion Lyle Hewitson is making his way back from injury with two mounts at Turffontein today and another four tomorrow although Fieldmarshal Fenix does look held on current form.
Dennis Bosch appears to have got Chantyman (9-1) back to where he was early in his career when he showed loads of potential.
After a lengthy break he has returned with a useful trial and a warm-up when third to Pata Pata over Sunday’s course and distance.
But he will need to be pretty close to his best in the Duncan Howells Racing Stables Handicap as he faces a number of runners in good form.
The currently lethal combination of Garth Puller and Khanya Sakayi will have plenty of support teaming up with Ishnana (9-1) while the mare Gratuity (13-1) is quick and the lightly raced Socrates (18-10) has only once been out of the money.
Redeemer is unbeaten at Scottsville but Brett Crawford’s runner has not been out since April and that he is not over his optimum trip would suggest that he will be short of his best.
A better option in the Nathan Kotzen Racing Stables Handicap could be Tribal Fusion (3-1).
Marcus will be aboard for Shane Humby and the gelding was running on stoutly behind Monte Christo last timeout.
He has yet to finish out of the money since being tried in blinkers and from a plum draw should at least be in the money again.
Kannemeyer saddles Pumpkin Queen in the seventh and the filly has shown excellent form since arriving in KZN.
She has also taken to Scottsville and can turn the tables on Komeshans Flight with Grecian Laurel (4-1) also a threat over what looks to be a more suitable trip.
Jet Stream (9-2) has improved with every outing and could close off the meeting although the often difficult Pavarotti Passion appears to have settled down and has a chance along with Caliente.
Plate win. “We’re thinking about a Cox Plate obviously and the best way is to take it one run at a time,” he said.
“I would say it will be in Melbourne but we will enjoy today and talk about it next week, it will be no great surprise I am sure but if we do change it will be for a reason and that reason is the horse comes first.”
Winx, who has now won 31 of her 37 starts with three seconds for prize-money of A$1,9577,425, has won the past three George Main Stakes on her way to winning the Cox Plate at Moonee Valley.
Muzi Yeni rides BRIGHTEYEBUSHYTAIL in the fifth at Scottsville today.