Viv Greybe: Champion jockey Anthony Delpech, who bagged only one win at Greyville on Wednesday, looks set to repay his followers on Sunday at Scottsville where he will be aboard a few bright prospects on the eight-event card.
His first strike should come in Race 1 when teamed up with Michael Roberts-trained Great Dictator who rates the best bet of the day.
This four-year-old deserves a change of luck after being placed in his last five runs – the first of which was a close second over the course and distance. Then returning to the venue in his most recent outing he was a promising runner-up in a big field over the same distance with a claiming apprentice up. The gelding is unlikely to miss with the champion jockey aboard for the first time.
Delpech should follow up in Race 2 when teamed up with Alistair Gordon-trained Monks Hood who contests the top-rated event, a MR 96 Handicap over 1400m.
This two-time winning son of Querari has not been out of the money in his six runs – the first of which was a fine 7.5-length win on debut over 1200m at Scottsville. Delpech was up again in the gelding’s most recent outing when a gutsy fast-finishing close winner of the Investec Dingaans (Grade 2) over 1600m at Turffontein. Despite having his first run after a 77-day break and up against older and more experienced opposition, the smart three-year-old should be up to the task again.
Next best are Doing It For Dan, Redcarpet Captain, Mr Roy and Amazon King.
Delpech could also come to light in Race 7 when aboard trainer Brett Crawford’s raider Destiny Duchess who contests a Maiden Plate (F&M) over 1600m.
This four-year-old, who has finished close up in her seven runs in the Western Cape this season, steps out after a two-month rest. However, the booking of Delpech would infer that the filly is primed and ready to make it a winning debut in KwaZulu-Natal.
But expect a challenge from the likes of Illuminate, The Matador, Sunny Girl and Prosperous.