Soft going will hold no fears for Aqua Star at Durbanville

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Soft going will hold no fears for Aqua Star at Durbanville

<p>JACK MILNER<br />
AQUA STAR appears to be ideally named. She appears to love a well-watered track and the softer the going, the better it is for her. Stephen Page&rsquo;s four-year-old filly has run eight races in wet conditions for one win and six places.&nbsp; But it is her last run that points to her winning Race 7 at Durbanville today, a MR 90 Handicap for fillies and mares over 1600m.<br />
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Photo: Basil Marcus trains News Item.</p>

<p>On that occasion she raced against Seductress and after losing ground at the start, was beaten 0.25 lengths by Joey Ramsden&rsquo;s filly. Both Karl Neisius on Aqua Star and Andrew Fortune on Seductress threw everything they knew into that finish with Ramsden&rsquo;s runner getting the upper hand close home345.<br />
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The pair meet again tomorrow but this time it will be Nicky Roebuck on Aqua Star and Morne Winnaar on Seductress. Although Aqua Star has the drawback of a No 10 draw, she does have the benefit of a 2kg turnaround in the weights. The draw should not be a major concern as she is usually slightly slow out the pens and could find herself shut out in any case had she been drawn better.<br />
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Roebuck knows her well, having ridden her in most of her starts and he has won on her previously. She also has no problem with this track with both her wins coming at Durbanville. She has only run unplaced once in seven runs at the track and that was on her first visit here in February last year.&nbsp;<br />
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Seductress is another who thrives at this course. She has won three times in five outings and was placed on the other two occasions. She is drawn at No 1, which is in her favour, but she has never won over 1600m before. The condition of the course will also not be a problem as she has won twice in soft going.&nbsp;<br />
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One runner who could spoil the party for the pair is Bit On The Side from the Andries Steyn stable. The five-year-old Jet Master mare is never far off them and last time out ran one of the best races of her career when finishing a 1.25-length second to Canadian Sunset in the Listed Ladies Mile at Kenilworth. <br />
A repeat of that run will see her contest the finish here but against her is that she has yet to win at this track and Piet Botha will have to jump from draw No 11.<br />
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News Item has won her only start at this course and it was over this distance. Basil Marcus&rsquo;s filly was also in the Kenilworth race contested by Aqua Star and Seductress but after being prominent going through the 400m mark, she compounded badly to finish 19.25 lengths back. She was reported to be making a breathing noise and that run is best ignored.&nbsp;<br />
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The London News filly is capable on her day and as long as nothing goes wrong, she too must be in with a chance.<br />
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La Bella Donna is another who deserves respect. Ricky Maingard&rsquo;s filly was expected by many to be a contender for the Ladies Mile despite a poor draw. She finished sixth, 5.85 lengths behind Canadian Sunset but returned cut on her near fore.&nbsp;<br />
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Neisius takes the ride tomorrow and despite carded to carry 59kg, La Bella Donna has the class to beat everybody here. In her only run at Durbanville she finished a 1.75-length third to Critic in an Allowance Plate over 1600m, beating home345 some useful colts in the process.</p>
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