Run for Dollars looks to cash in

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<p><em>BEST DISTANCE: Brett Webber&rsquo;s runner has won all of his races over this course and distance and looks ready to score his fifth career win. </em></p>
<p><strong>JACK MILNER </strong></p>
<p>ONE punter who backed Ultra Consistent in his last win at the Vaal said after the race he would be happy to give 10% of his winnings to jockey Mark Khan. “He looked beaten and only Khan got him up.&rsquo;&rsquo;</p>

<p>Of course, Khan never came close to seeing his 10% but he certainly deserved the accolade. On form, and certainly with 50m to go, Run for Dollars had Ultra Consistent&rsquo;s measure.</p>
<p>The pair had previously run behind Secretivity and in that race Run for Dollars had 0.75 lengths to spare over the “Lucky&rsquo;&rsquo; Houdalakis-trained runner. At the same weights over the identical course and distance, there was no reason why Brett Webber&rsquo;s runner should not repeat that performance.</p>
<p>But Khan made the difference and tomorrow at the Vaal the pair will meet again in Race 6, a MR 88 Handicap over 2000m, with the jockey engagements identical – the champion jockey will again ride Ultra Consistent while Kevin Derere will be in the irons aboard Run for Dollars.</p>
<p>This time, however, there are a couple of significant differences. Run for Dollars is 1kg better off after finishing a head in arrears last time out and there are two other runners who could throw a spanner in the works.</p>
<p>Barend Botes will saddle Newgate while Glen Kotzen fields well-performed Ser de Carrera, who will be ridden by Anton Marcus.</p>
<p>Newgate has run only four times for two wins, a second and a third and has been well backed in his last two starts. Unfortunately for his supporters, those were the two occasions on which he was beaten.</p>
<p>The four-year-old son of Shalford must be showing a lot at home345 and although this will be his first run on the sand, with just 53kg Newgate must be a contender.</p>
<p>Ser de Carrera ran against some of the best three-year-olds when contesting the Daily News 2200 and the KZN Derby. He was well beaten in those races but the Argentine-bred gelding takes a profound drop in class. Against him is that he has not run at this track and might not be fully acclimatised to the higher altitude.</p>
<p>For my money, though, the 1kg turnaround at the weights with Ultra Consistent and the additional 200m should see Run for Dollars score his fifth career victory.</p>
<p>All of his victories have come over 2000m at this track and he seems to have a good rapport with Derere, who has ridden him to all four of his wins.</p>
<p>The Fahal gelding appeared to lose his form earlier this year but his last four runs have been promising and he looks overdue to win.</p>
<p>If there is to be a major upset, Mr Petal or Fearless Thomas could be the ones to spring the surprise.</p>
<p>Mr Petal was fairly well beaten by Ultra Consistent and Run for Dollars last time out but Nicola Welch gets the ride this time and Corne Spies&rsquo; runner will claim a 2.5kg allowance. Fearless Thomas finished 1.50 lengths behind Ultra Consistent in September and is 2.5kg better off. That could bring the Leon Erasmus-trained runner into contention.</p>
<p>Topweight Roll on Casey has not won since December last year but is quite capable on his day. Dominic Zaki&rsquo;s charge has only tried 2000m once and won that race so the distance should not prove a concern if he can regain top form.</p>

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