Cat Daddy looks all set to pounce
AFTER double Guineas day last Saturday, its back to more standard fare today at Kenilworth, but a few decent betting opportunities present themselves.
Chief among those is Cat Daddy in race one, a Maiden Plate over 1600m.
The Ideal World colt has caught the eye running on strongly late under an apprentice in his last two, and now goes over further in the care of crack heavyweight Bernard Fayd’Herbe.
In addition, the longer run in of the summer course will suit his late closing style, and from a plum draw he has everything in his favour.
Fayd’Herbe could well make hay early on in the day, as he has decent winning chances in races three and four as well.
In the third he teams up with Glen Kotzen again in the form of Count Dubucks.
The filly doesn’t appear to be any star, but has got closer in all three starts, and holds quite a few of these solidly on her last run.
She doesn’t meet any obvious improvers either, and this looks a likely day for her to leave the maiden ranks.
Fayd’Herbe’s two mounts for Kotzen both won last Saturday, and the trend looks set to continue.
In race four he takes a ride for the bang in form Joey Ramsden, and Waldorf Astoria can be expected to make big improvement over the 2000m.
The Fastnet Rock filly stayed on steadily trying 1400m last time, and is bred to thrive over this kind of distance.
If so, she should be good enough, as she meets a mainly pretty well exposed bunch of staying maiden fillies. Turffontein The sight of an Assessment Plate on the card when one is studying form on a tricky card usually brings a feeling of relief.
They often pit some very strong horses on very good weight terms against much weaker opposition and that gives a massive advantage to any bettor.
However, there is the odd occasion where the Assessment Plate gives very little advantage because a horse could be coming back from a long layoff or its recent form is not that good.
That appeared to be the case in the seventh on the Standside track at Turffontein today but the scratching of Glider Pilot, who looked head and shoulders better than the opposition, has left a not particularly strong line-up who are closely grouped together.
However, the Australian-bred Atyaab from the Mike de Kock yard looks the likely candidate to do the job.
He has only raced four times, with one win and two third places to his credit.
His one poor race came in the Grade 2 Dingaans over 1600m where he was no match for stable companion Hawwaam who lays claims to being one of the best three-yearold’s in the country.
Atyaab should benefit from this drop in class and one does expect him to be involved in the finish.
Samurai Warrior is in a similar situation but his form going into the Dingaans was not as good.
Ironically just a head separated the pair in that Grade 2 race so it will be interesting to see how they fare in this event.