ALISTAIR COHEN: TRAINER Sean Tarry has proven recently that a horse not doing well at a certain centre can gain new zest when raced at another.
The very talented but disappointing Sidera could be the next to benefit from a change of scenery. Moving to the coast, she returns to racing in Race 5 over 1400m at Scottsville on Tuesday.
After winning the first three races of her career, she encountered a number of problems and has since been sparingly raced. Her next few outings could be her last opportunity to fulfil obvious potential. Regardless, she will have terrific paddock value when she heads back to Klawervlei Stud.
The daughter of Galileo showed signs of her best when she ran on well in her penultimate run at Turffontein over 1600m in November. She finished a 3.55-length sixth behind Wittenburg in a decidedly stronger field than she encounters tomorrow.
Going back to her earlier days, after winning her first three runs, she started 1-1 favourite in the Gauteng Fillies Guineas – which is where the rot started. She faded right out of contention in that race to finish a 9.75-length 12th behind Fisani.
Her only previous run in KwaZulu-Natal was her debut, when she annihilated Super Sunday by 7.50 lengths at Clairwood over 1450m. She was ridden by Anthony Delpech on that occasion and he partners her again tomorrow.
Sublime Soul is the unknown quantity of the race. The three-year-old was beaten for the first time in her last start earlier this month when a two-length third behind She’s A Stunner at this course over 1200m. The daughter of National Emblem now goes around the turn for the first time and, judging by the way she runs on, the extra distance will suit her well. With only 48.5kg to carry, she is a lively contender.
Sauna’s Rose is always thereabouts and has to be considered for the places. Since her connections added a set of pacifiers she seems to have turned the corner. In her penultimate run she was game in defeat, a 0.30-length third behind Queen’s Command in the Grade 3 Flamboyant Stakes at Greyville. She jumps from barrier No 1 so will be able gain her customary handy position from the start.
French Reef looks hard to beat in Race 7 over 1400m.
He won his last start by 1.25 lengths at Greyville over 1300 from Live Controversy. He was desperately unlucky in his penultimate start, when pipped by Platinum Moon.
He should be able to complete back-to-back wins and add to champion jockey candidate Delpech’s growing tally for the season.