Munger holds a strong hand

Weekend Post (South Africa) - - Horse Racing -

Newly ap­pointed Glen Kotzen sta­ble jockey Ryan Munger holds a strong hand early on at Dur­banville to­day. Herodotus made his way into many a lit­tle black book when he ran on strongly from last to be a clear sec­ond to Ma­jes­tic Mozart on de­but three weeks ago.

On that ev­i­dence, and with the ben­e­fit of the ex­pe­ri­ence, this Green Street-owned colt looks very dif­fi­cult to op­pose in Race 3, and is worth a de­cent bet.

Main threat looks to be Vaughan Marshall’s Caesura. He was run­ner-up here on de­but in March, and has since placed twice in good com­pany at Scottsville.

While his merit rat­ing of 84 seems a lit­tle ex­ag­ger­ated, he will give plenty of cheek if ready after three months off. The Bar­ris­ter and Gimme Peace look best of the rest. Munger might ac­tu­ally al­ready have a win un­der his belt when that race is run, as Straw­berry Wine in Race 2 also looks a stand­out bet. She made her de­but on the same day as Herodotus, and sim­i­larly came from way back to win go­ing away after Faye and Contessa’s Glance had looked to be bat­tling it out. This Jud­pot filly quick­ened like an above av­er­age sort, and has hardly been pitched in at an over am­bi­tious level in this lowly FM 68 Hand­i­cap. From a good draw she should carry too much fire­power for this limited group of fil­lies. The up-and-com­ing Munger also has de­cent win­ning prospects in Race 4, this time an ‘away’ ride for Candice BassRobin­son.

Travel In Style kept on well to only go down a neck last time, and a re­peat would give her a def­i­nite Each­way chance in a very open FM 82 Hand­i­cap over 1600m.


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