Go in One Direction to the Gadget Man


Trevor Reid: After the big weekend of Grade 1 racing at Kenilworth we bounce back to a tough eight-race card but there are some interesting races that catch the eye.

Brett Crawford-trained Kingston Passage in Race 1, a Maiden Plate over 1000m, sparkled on debut with a good runner-up berth behind heavily supported Head Honcho last month.

The amount of money that came for Head Honcho suggested he is a good horse and despite showing signs of inexperience did try to make a race of it and finished clear of the balance.

Being by Western Winter suggests that in time he will go further than the 1200m of that debut so it is a bit concerting that his connections have dropped him back in trip but he may still prove too good for his rivals.

Stable companion Pop The Question could prove his main threat but is returning from a 119-day break so will not be at peak fitness.

Probably the best bet on the card is Gadget Man in Race 3, a Maiden Plate over 1600m.

This Dean Kannemeyer-trained and Grant Behr-ridden Silvano colt has not been beaten far in his last three starts and looked an unlucky loser of his latest start.

Gadget Man did his best work late and was only beaten a neck by Icon King over 1400m at this course.

The step up to 1600m will suit Gadget Man.

There was only 1.25 lengths between Pergola and Loadshedder when they met over this track and trip and with both being well drawn, there is likely to be little between them once again and are the dangers to Gadget Man.

The Candace Bass-Robinson yard is running into nice form and her runner the Australian import Leaves Of Grass can continue her improvement and get out the maiden ranks in Race 4, a Maiden Plate over 1600m.

This Poet’s Voice filly was still green when third behind Philae in her second start and the top class Richard Fourie will be aboard her.

Justin Snaith-trained One Direction was talked about as a future star and after his first two starts he looked on target for a bright future.

Unfortunately his yard went through a bit of a bad patch and One Direction disappointed in his post-maiden run.

That forced the yard into gelding him and his return to the track saw him fill a fair fourth position behind Shall Be Free.

The 1600m distance of Race 5, a MR 70 Handicap should suit One Direction.

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