Cat Daddy looks all set to pounce

Weekend Witness - - Racing -

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.

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