First Sea Lord to take command


Viv Greybe: Sarel von Willingh Smit-trained First Sea Lord, who has been unplaced only once in his last 12 starts at Flamingo Park, has a good chance to post a seventh career win at the venue when teamed up Donovan Yeo in Race 6, a Pinnacle Stakes over 1800m.

This busy six-year-old has yet to be beaten over the course and distance in two outings with Collen Storey up in Pinnacle contests – winning seven runs back by 4.5 lengths, and then three runs later the combination scored by nine lengths.

The gelding held form in his subsequent three runs, the last of which was a gutsy half-length third when carrying 58.5kg and having the worst of the draw in a Pinnacle contest of 1600m. With a good draw this time and carrying 58kg he should complete the course and distance hat-trick.

But do not hastily dismiss three-time winner Manouche out of the leading stable of Corrie Lensley with champion Muzi Yeni up. The four-year-old scored decisively twice in his last four starts with Yeni aboard and can be excused for finishing fifth last time in a  Pinnacle contest, as he had a slow start. The gelding rates a major threat today when renewing rivalry with First Sea Lord and receiving 5kg from him.

The pick of the remainder are Two Gunsy and Royal Master.

However, there is money to be made earlier in the meeting when Tienie Prinsloo-trained Silver Glacier (Shadlee Fortune) steps out in Race 3, a maiden contest over 1800m. The lightly raced four-year-old had a promising introduction to Flamingo Park last time when teamed up with Fortune and finishing third over 1600m. That was his first outing in almost four months and with the benefit derived from that run will be tough to beat.

Another who could have punters in the payout queue is Lensley-trained Old Money who contests Race 4, a 1800m Maiden (F&M). The four-year-old found one better in her last two starts over 1600m and 1800m, but is unlikely to miss this time when Yeni takes the ride.

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