Viv Greybe: Dennis Drier-trained River Of January with Anton Marcus up has a bright chance to get punters away to a winning start at the Greyville Polytrack on Wednesday when stepping out in Race 1, a Maiden Plate over 1600m.
The colt was a promising third on debut at the Polytrack, but disappointed next time when sent off favourite at Scottsville where he finished fifth out of 16. However, then returning from a four-month break and backed again he had to settle for a three-length fourth over 1200m at the Polytrack.
This three-year-old will have derived much benefit from that run and should recover the losses. He could be followed home by What A Moon, Mighty Mississippi, Q Behind Me and Shantytown.
Another one to follow is Sean Tarry-trained three-time winner Kahula (apprentice Ashton Arries) who contests Race 3, a MR 76 Handicap (F&M) over 2000m.
This four-year-old posted a smart Polytrack double but was not up to scratch in her next two runs at Turffontein and Scottsville. However, when switched to the artificial surface she bounced back to form with a second over 1950m and then a close third over 2000m.
Arries was carded to ride Kahula as a 1,5kg claiming apprentice, but has since ridden his 60th winner and cannot claim any longer. However the filly could still defy top-weight of 62,5kg.
Arries also has a good chance of success when partnering Greg and Karen Anthony-trained Willowgrange in Race 4, a MR 60 Handicap (F&M) over 2000m. This mare comes off a much improved last run at the Polytrack where she was a fast-finishing second with Arries aboard over 2000m.
A similar effort could see her go one better. The pick of the others in this tricky race are Burnburry, Eina, Flipflash, Expresso Martini and Too Free Too.
Lezeanne Forbes-trained Toltec (Tristan Godden) could be rewarded for consistency in Race 5, a MR 64 Handicap over 1400m. The three-year-old comes off three good runs at the Polytrack, winning smartly out of the maidens over 1400m with Godden up and then following up with a close third over 1400m. An apprentice had the ride next time when the gelding was a creditable third over 1200m.
He will relish the extra distance this time and could have the edge. Best of the rest are Jackman, Roy’s Taxi, Oligarch and Dom Seguidor.
Brian Wiid-trained Soldat could make it two in a row in Race 6 when teamed up with Keagan de Melo in a MR 64 Handicap over 1400m. The gelding’s decisive maiden win last time at the Vaal was not out of turn, and returning refreshed after a short break he could complete the double. His main rivals are Fantasy Art, Dale House, Royal Rustler and Beluga Berry.