Jack Milner: Costa Da Sol has a penchant for the Vaal course and can give assistant trainer Chesney van Zyl a victory in Race 8 on Thursday, a MR 84 Handicap for fillies and mares over 1600m.
Van Zyl runs the Highveld yard for his father, Gavin, who is based in KwaZulu-Natal, and the young man has no doubt made his dad proud.
Costa Da Sol has run seven times at the Vaal for one win and five places. The most relevant fact is that the lone win was over this distance and this daughter of Mogok, who last time ran reasonably well in much stronger company, should have too much class for this field.
In that event she competed in a Conditions Plate over 1600m at Turffontein but the race went to She’s A Giver who consistently runs in feature races. Warren Kennedy makes the trip from Durban to take the ride.
Mike de Kock saddles lightly raced Oh My Darling who is likely to go off favourite in this field. This daughter of Western Winter has raced six times for one win and three places but there has to be a question as to whether she sees out 1600m. In her only start over this trip she faded late but was reported to be coughing after the race so little can really be gleaned by that display. Anthony Delpech takes the ride.
Big Bang Theory was trained by Brett Crawford in Cape Town and performed reasonably well. However, the four-year-old daughter of Seventh Rock was transferred to Mike and Adam Azzie’s Randjesfontein yard and has placed consistently. But although finishing close, she has yet to win a race on the Highveld. Her best two races have been over 1400m but she has Piere Strydom in the irons and perhaps he can extricate something special.
Azzie also saddles Return To Power who could turn out to be the better of the pair. She will be ridden by apprentice Dennis Schwarz which means she will have a further 1.5kg off her back. On her last run there should be very little to choose between her and Samarra as they finished very close together.