Jack Milner: If you had to pick on a horse on breeding to win Race 7 at Turffontein on Saturday you would not need look past Secret Captain.
Firstly, his sire is Captain Al who has churned out a plethora of Graded race winners over the years. He sired the winners of both the Grade 1 Cape Guineas (Tap O’ Noth) and the Grade 1 Cape Fillies Guineas (Snowdance) this season and the list is endless.
Then looking at Secret Captain’s dam, Mystic Spring, she is mother of Rabiya, Secret Of Victoria, Spring Lilac and Bela-Bela.
However, he has only crossed the line in front of his opposition on one occasion and that was on debut over 1200m when he beat Gio Ponte’s Legacy by a neck. He did pick up the Guineas title in KwaZulu-Natal but that came months later when Janoobi was disqualified.
The four-year-old gelding has since been sent to Joburg and joined the Mike de Kock yard and he should be able to pick up a third victory when he contests a MR 96 Handicap over 1600m on the Standside track.
His first run with the stable was on 7 January when he ran on well over 1400m at this course to finish 4.25 lengths behind Amazing Strike. His next start was over 1600m on the same course and again he ran on well to finish fourth, beaten just 1.20 lengths by Arctica.
He meets his conqueror on 1.5kg better terms and in his third run after a rest, should be able to reverse the form. In addition, he will have Antony Delpech up and that should count in his favour.
The grey gelding is nicely drawn at No 5 and is likely to go off at a reasonable price.He is also 1kg better off with second-placed Fareeq, who is his stable companion, and 0.5kg better off with third-placed Kings Archer.
It might well pay off to box the same four horses in a Quartet which will cost just R24. Kings Archer has been in good form and has built up a decent rapport with jockey Piere Strydom. He is not the gutsiest of horses but he rarely runs a bad race and can run well from No 3 draw.
Fareeq has the benefit of No 1 draw and looked a winner at one point of the race last time but Arctica held him off. This time Arctica has 60kg on his back and might not find it that easy to lead all the way carrying 4kg more than last time. Craig Zackey retains the ride.