Preview: Take a Chance on Tyne Bridge

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Preview: Take a Chance on Tyne Bridge

<p>MEL KAPLAN<br />
THE two 90-something handicaps at Fairview yield potential betting opportunities. Tyne Bridge looks to have a sound chance of taking laurels in the MR 92 over 1400m (Race 5) while in the MR 94 (Race 8) over 1000m, in-form Take a Chance is the one to beat.<br />
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Photo: Justin Snaith trains Take a Chance.</p>

<p>Take a Chance has won five of his last six starts, all over 1200m. He also opened his account over 1200m but raided at this course from the Cape. Interestingly that race was run on the first day of last season, 1 August 2007, and tomorrow&rsquo;s fixture is only the second meeting in Port Elizabeth this term.</p>
<p>Following that first win Take a Chance returned to the Cape where he ran three rather disappointing races. He was then relocated – apparently permanently – to the Justin Snaith satellite yard at Fairview and in his first run back at that centre, was not disgraced in finishing third. He was gelded after that 26 October event.</p>
<p>Back in action on 16 December, he ran on strongly from far back to finish fifth, 2.25 lengths behind Barthez, and in his next start, he jumped well and nearly made all when caught close home345 by 0.50-length winner Fringe Benefit over 1200m.</p>
<p>Then followed his five-timer and last time out, on 18 July, he was only caught in the dying strides by neck winner Pongracz. He is very quick and should be as effective over the 1000m as over 1200m.</p>
<p>Tyne Bridge landed a coup (33-1 to 5-1) last time out, when produced with a sustained finish over 1600m at this track in his second run after a rest.</p>
<p>He had won his only previous start over this distance at the track and although now seven, he could be hard to beat.</p>
<p>Jolly James failed by a head to collar Pongracz over 1200m at this track over two weeks ago. That was his second run after a rest and he should be at a peak now.</p>
<p>Should he manage to upstage Tyne Bridge – or even finish close to the winner – he would frank Take a Chance&rsquo;s form.</p>

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