Jack Milner: There are times when a horse wins with such authority it makes one sit up and take notice.
That was the case when Brave Move won her last start in a MR 84 Handicap over 1600m at Kenilworth.
The talk was all for the Adam Marcus-trained runner that day and it was right on the money, especially for those who took a bet on the four-year-old daughter of Horse Chestnut.
Brave Move only started racing late in her three-year-old career and has only competed in six races. Her record is two wins, three second places and one third, which was on debut.
The handicappers penalised her 2.5kg for that last win but she won with such authority that one has to believe there is quite a lot of room to manoeuvre when it comes to her true merit rating.
One also gets the impression she is getting stronger with each run and Marcus’ charge looks the standout bet on the Saturday Kenilworth card when she runs in Race 6.
Richard Fourie rode her last time but he rides primarily for trainer Glen Kotzen and will be aboard Oriental Oak for his preferred stable.
However, Aldo Domeyer, who is in top form, has picked up the ride and should have no problem adding to his tally of winners.
If there is to be a danger it could come from Glamorous Life, another Kotzen runner in this small field of six.
Fourie has been aboard her in her last four starts but as she carries 52kg he might not be able to make the weight.
This daughter of Ashaawes has won two of her last three starts but in weaker company and she too is lightly raced and there could be some improvement.
Oriental Oak has not been in the best of form in her last three starts but has been competing in feature-race company and takes a drop in class.
Her merit rating is beginning to fall and that could make her competitive again but this daughter of Silvano gives the impression she needs further than 1700m to produce her best. She ran second over 2450m in the Grade 2 SA Oaks last year.