Trevor Reid: Trainer Vaughan Marshall had three winners last Wednesday at Durbanville and could have another two this Wednesday at the same course as both Red Eight In Race 1 and The Secret Is Out in Race 2 look likely winners.
Grade 1-winning filly The Secret Is Out was not quite as good as a three-year-old as she was in a very smart two-year-old career, but she remains a class act and, if anywhere near peak fitness, could prove too smart for her rivals in a Conditions Plate over 1000m where she is well in at the weights.
Admittedly, Marshall’s filly is returning from a 137-day break and has bigger races as her target, but a nice confidence-boosting win will do her the world of good.
Jockey MJ Byleveld knows the filly well and can keep her handy from a good draw. Blinkers were added to The Secret Is Out when winning in April and the Captain Al four-year-old followed that up with a smashing third behind Carry On Alice over the Scottsville 1200m in the Grade 1 SA Fillies Sprint.
None of her rivals can be remotely considered in her class, but over 1000m at this track anything is possible and there are four runners who could be possible dangers.
Clifton Sunset could not overcome a wide draw when only fourth in her latest start but always gives of her best.
Scandola beat a lot weaker over the Kenilworth 1000m last time out but is likely to have improved since.
Gold Image is very speedy and there was a lot to like about her last win when making all the running over Scottsville 1000m but takes a big rise in class.
Red Light Girl has won at this track and has not been beaten too far in her last two starts.
The What A Winter gelding Red Eight has been runner-up in his last three starts and clearly deserves a win and he tried very hard when only 0.75 lengths behind Johnny Black over this course and distance(1200m) last month. Red Eight could get the run of the race from a decent draw.
Clearly the biggest threat to him is Love Of India.
After a poor debut in May the three-year-old was gelded and returned to the track last month and finished fourth behind Sabbatical. He is likely to have made further improvement and gets Bernard Fayd’Herbe aboard this time.
Possibly the best bets on this card is the Justin Snaith trained Hithimagainchuck in Race 7.
This Var gelding will be well suited to the drop back to 1000m and is overdue a second win.
Clearly his main rival is fellow three-year-old Pen-Chan.
Jockey Richard Fourie was aboard Hithimagainchuck last time out so knows his rival’s weakness and Pen-Chan is talented but needs to overcome a very disappointing last run, his first since being gelded.