Viv Greybe: Corrie Lensley-trained Sussex has a bright chance to notch up her third career win today when teamed up with Muzi Yeni at Flamingo Park in Race 7, the R110,000 Kimberley Classic (Non-Black Type) over 1600m.
To add further sparkle to this meeting, there is a Pick 6 Carryover of R175,182 which is estimated to reach a pool of R625,000.
Since joining Lensley’s stable, this former Gauteng filly was unplaced only once at Flamingo Park in five starts – but that was her second time out when dropping to 1400m.
However, when ridden by Yeni for the first time in her following outing and finding some betting support, she ran out a clear-cut winner in a 13-strong field over 1600m.
Yeni missed the ride in her next two runs when second over 1800m and third over 1600m. However, when reunited with Yeni in her subsequent outing and carrying 60kg, she was a creditable 1.5-length third to Domitian (55.5kg) over 1600m.
Though having a wide draw to contend with, Sussex should turn the tables on Domitian this time when clashing at 52kg level weights.
Despite having to shoulder 62.5kg top-weight and badly drawn, expect a bold bid from Stephanie Miller-trained two time winner Bongo Dance with Ryan Munger up.
He was a smart 3.75-length winner on debut over 1200m at Flamingo Park in a Maiden Juvenile contest, and five runs later when having his first run after being gelded he was a bold two-length winner with Munger aboard in a 1600m MR 77 Handicap at the same venue.
His following run when unplaced at the Vaal can be overlooked, as that was over 1200m and he finished 3.9 lengths off the winner in a 17-strong field.
However, to play safe, include Bongo Dance’s stablemate Domitian (Eldin Webber) in Pick 6 bets. This three-year-old three-time winner will be bidding for a course and distance hat-trick.
Another to be respected is two-time winner Melinda’s Garden (Hennie Greyling) who turned in some stout efforts since posting a clear-cut win five runs back at Turffontein over 1400m – more so, last time when a game 0.8-length runner-up in a 16-strong field over 1600m at the Vaal.