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Nicci Garner: There are a few tempting betting possibilities at Flamingo Park, with the most mouth-watering coming in Race 5 over 1800m in the form of Pampierstad.
This Corrie Lensley-trained Australian-bred four-year-old has placed in four of his five career starts. He was out of action from December until last month, placing in both his starts back, and will be 100% fit now. He should break the ice this time. Kings Landing is the right one for Exactas.
Build a bank for the day with Tall Mo in Race 1 over 1000m. The four-year-old, formerly based in the Western Cape where he ran a few fair races, made a promising debut for Kimberley trainer Cliffie Miller last month. He was backed to favourite and finished second behind Bletchley. He should improve with that experience on this dirt track and has all of Headline, Machomouse and Flying Edge held by a number of lengths on that run. He rates a Win bet at around R2 and should be bankered to win in same-race exotics.
Recently gelded Cold Front looks the one to beat in Race 2. This Corne Spies-trained three-year-old won the only time he raced over this track and trip, beating Jet Sailor impressively in July. The only other time he was brought to Kimberley, he just failed against August Duke over 1200m.
Miller-trained Mr McSteamy could provide value in Swingers and Exactas.
Doctorow must have injured himself back in August last year because he has not run since. However, he has the ability to trounce his rivals in Race 3 over 1400m. If he does need the run, Ahead Of Traffic and Elusive Singer will pick up the pieces.
Another horse with winning potential is Natsuba in Race 6. This gelding has won over this course and distance in two of his three most recent races, last time trouncing Seattle Wonder by four lengths. The form of that race has been franked and Duncan McKenzie’s runner seems to still be on the upgrade. He should defy a six-point penalty.