Viv Greybe: Five-year-old Juan Two Three, out of the stable of champion trainer Alan Greeff, looks on his way to a tenth career win at the Fairview Polytrack on Friday when teamed up Greg Cheyne in Race 6 and the main event, a Pinnacle Stakes over 1200m.
This son of Var was never out of the money on the Polytrack in five starts, three of which were wins. Cheyne was aboard in the ace sprinter’s last three outings when carrying big weights in feature events – finishing a 0.5-length runner-up on the Polytrack and then a head second on grass.
However, he recovered those losses decisively next time when carrying 61kg and scoring by an increasing 2.25 lengths over 1000m on grass again. With restored confidence this gelding will take some beating over the extra distance.
His main rival is Tara Laing-trained seven-time winner Omega Onslaught (Chase Maujean) who was a three-length third to Juan Two Three in their last clash. This five-year-old was not disgraced in his subsequent outing as he ran on stoutly from off the pace to finish a two-length fifth out of 11 in a 1200m Pinnacle Stakes.
Another who could be in the final call is Yvette Bremner-trained five-time winner Flight Captain (Ryan Munger) who has fared well in his three runs on the Polytrack this year. He followed up a clear-cut win over 1200m with a creditable third over the same distance. This four-year-old was unplaced in his three runs on grass, but then switched back to the Polytrack came from last after a slow start to claim second place over 1000m with Munger up.
Laing-trained eight-time winner Captain Alfredo (Mathew Thackeray) could also be involved in the finish. This six-year-old comes off an improved last run when finishing fourth, narrowly ahead of fifth-placed Omega Onslaught in a 1200m Pinnacle Stakes.
In the minor events, Laing sends out a bright prospect in Bring Me More (Maujean) in Race 3, a MR 76 Handicap (F&M) over 1600m. This four-year-old filly snatched victory four runs back and has finished close up since, more so, last time when flashing up third over 1300m with Maujean up. She could be rewarded this time over the extra distance.
Another worth following is Justin Snaith-trained Young Hopeful (Aldo Domeyer) in Race 4, a Maiden Plate (F&M) over 1600m. This three-year-old has been coming along the right way in her four runs this year. The filly could crack a win as her fast-finishing fourth last time was after a rest.
PICK 6 MEGAPOOL – Net Carryover R152,658.00. Race 4 off @ 13:45. Estimated pool R750,000.