Preview: Bit on the Side goes for Final Fling


<p>MEL KAPLAN<br />
A most competitive field will line up at Kenilworth today for the Grade 3 Final Fling Stakes, a weight-for-age affair for fillies and mares over 1800m. This meeting was postponed from last Saturday.</p>

<p>Cases can be made for most of the runners but Bit on the Side looks to be peaking at the right time and although now a six-year-old, is taken to win.</p>
<p>She has raced six times since being rested from November to April and has placed in four of those races.</p>
<p>In her comeback, she played up in the stalls and wasted energy but managed to finish just less than six lengths behind the winner over 1400m at Kenilworth.</p>
<p>In her following start, she was balked for 200m from the 500m marker and that put paid to any chance she might have had of winning. That race was over 1600m on the tight Durbanville course and she did well to take third, 4.25 lengths behind Gold and Roses.</p>
<p>She was again hampered at a crucial stage in her next race over 1600m at Kenilworth and finished ninth of 12 in a blanket finish – the margin between the winner and Bit on the Side was less than two lengths.</p>
<p>She tackled 1600m three more times and finished third (one length), second (1.25 lengths) and third (one length) respectively. All those races were on a soft track and Bit on the Side was closing late each time.</p>
<p>She travels over an extra 200m this time and with the strong likelihood of a wet track again, looks to have everything – barring the No 12 barrier position – in her favour. Jockey Fareed Anthony won&rsquo;t be too stressed about the draw, as she prefers to race from off the pace and will be running on at the finish.</p>
<p>Bold Casey ran a great race at Fairview in her third start after a rest last time out and looks to be regaining form, making her a contender.</p>
<p>Aqua Star disappointed at Durbanville on Tuesday but will improve and warrants respect, while Secret Risk is better over a bit more ground but returns from a rest.</p>
<p>She won the Western Cape Oaks over 2200m at Kenilworth on 1 June when flying to collar Sangria Girl close home345. Her previous run was on 1 April when she has heavily backed and held on by a whisker from Debenham&rsquo;s over 1800m at Durbanville. She has drawn at No 2 and will be a big factor unless she loses ground at the start.</p>

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