Trainer Basil Marcus
THERE is not much depth to the card put together for Kenilworth on Tuesday afternoon and a number of the races look particularly competitive. One of those is the chief attraction, Race 7, a Pinnacle plate over 1600m. The race looks highly tricky but Chamber Of Secrets has been in good form and could be the one to row in with.
<div style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt"> <p>Three runs back Chamber Of Secrets impressed when easily accounting for Olympic Gold over 1600m at Clairwood after having faded badly over the last 400m of his previous Greyville 1900m run to finish 13.75 lengths off Jagged Ice. He had won his run before that poor effort when accounting for Cyclonic by 2.50 lengths after making all of the running over 1800m at Kenilworth. He had one more run at Clairwood before returning home345 to Cape Town. That was in a minor feature where he failed by a long head in finishing second to Captain In Command on 24 June.</p> <p>Chamber Of Secrets was given what appears to be his annual break after that outing and next raced over 1400m in a Pinnacle Plate at Kenilworth on 4 November. He took an eternity to get into full stride but closed in rapidly over the final 200m to be only a neck in arrears at the line. Winter Wizard won that race and although not one of the five that have run subsequently has managed to find the winner’s box, Chamber Of Secrets could be the one to buck that trend.</p> <p>Trainer Basil Marcus has his string firing at present and jockey Greg Cheyne is also in form. Chamber Of Secrets has drawn a little wide at seven but that should not pose a major problem in a field of only nine. He is a horse that can lead all the way or come from off the pace so Cheyne has options depending on what transpires at the “off’’.</p> <p>It’s my guess that he’ll try to overcome the draw in the early stages as only Wonder Lawn looks capable of giving him a run early on. Judged on their meeting last time Chamber Of Secrets has the measure of Wonder Lawn, at least on current form. Chamber Of Secrets has previously run well in his second run after a rest and Marcus’ charges generally don’t run flat.</p> </div> <div style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt"> </div> <div style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt"> </div>