Preview: Promising field should not dam Open Gulch

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Preview: Promising field should not dam Open Gulch

<p>MEL KAPLAN<br />
WHILE all the runners in the R110&nbsp;000 Winter Juvenile Stakes (Listed) over 1600m at Kenilworth still qualify to race in Novice company, a few look destined for bigger things.<br />
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Photo: Karl Neisius rides Open Gulch</p>

<p>For instance, Open Gulch. He drew clear over 1200m to beat Polished Steel by 2.25 lengths without being unduly extended. In his next start, Polished Steel came out over 1400m at Durbanville and slammed the opposition, beating Tiger Bay by eight lengths. There is no doubt that both will enjoy the longer trip.</p>
<p>Open Gulch looks likely to make the most improvement, but Polished Steel is also on the upgrade and could finish closer.</p>
<p>These two should dominate proceedings – but with young horses anything is possible.</p>
<p>Qui Point was outpaced over 1200m in his first start but made all the running over this distance at Durbanville to shade Al Taheer in his second outing. He warrants consideration, but will find the Kenilworth 1600m more testing than that country course.</p>
<p>Imperial Fox was an impressive four-length winner of his second start over the Kenilworth 1200m after finishing a 1.25-length second in his debut over that trip. In his only other start, he was outpaced by Jamaican Dream in a 1500m race at this track but managed to hold on to second, 4.50 lengths behind the winner.</p>
<p>Cool Hand Luke won at the second time of asking when contesting a 1200m sprint and has scope for further improvement. Although by a sire whose progeny enjoys middle distances, he is out of a sprinting dam-line and might find the trip a trifle beyond him.</p>
<p>Market Cap has a good win over 1800m to his credit and his debut run over 1400m was also not bad. He should enjoy the 1600m trip and could also be a factor.</p>

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