Viv Greybe: Trainer Alan Greeff holds a strong hand in Monday’s World Sports Betting East Cape Poly Challenge which is Leg 1 of the lucrative East Cape Poly Challenge.
Adding further sparkle to the meeting is a big Pick 6 to be won. The Poly Challenge forms Leg 5 of the Pick 6 which starts with a Carryover of R212,000 and is expected to reach R750,000.
Greeff has three runners in this 1200m Non-Black type feature, and the one who makes most appeal is eight-time winner Juan Two Three with jockey Greg Cheyne aboard.
This son of Var was beaten only once in his last six starts – the last of which saw him make light of 62kg in this feature event a year ago and score impressively by 4.25 lengths. This five-year-old would appear up against it returning from a 350-day layoff and having to shoulder 62kg top-weight. However, the booking of Cheyne would infer Greeff has this gelding primed and ready to complete the Challenge double.
Expect another stout effort from Tara Laing-trained seven-time winner Miracle Bureau (Callan Murray) whose last three runs at the Polytrack were wins with Murray up – the most recent of which was a gutsy half-length win from Spring Steel in a 1200m MR 97 Handicap.
But do not hastily dismiss Greeff’s five-time winner Spring Steel who has yet to be unplaced in his four runs since joining his stable. The five-year-old was only reeled late by Miracle Bureau, but with in-form Muzi Yeni up could surprise. Best of the others are Vous Et Var and Cape Rebel.