Jack Milner: Anton Marcus has a number of rides with winning chances at Scottsville on Sunday.
He starts off in Race 1 riding Buckleberry for Paul Lafferty in a Maiden Plate over 1000m and after two close-up second places looks poised for a first win. He won a barrier trial which indicates he has some ability and hopefully Marcus will make all the difference on this three-year-old son of Crusade
The danger could come from the Duncan Howells yard who saddle El Cordobes. This son of Toreador has only contested a barrier trial in which he finished 4.10 lengths behind Path To Texas but has Muzi Yeni up and could improve markedly on that performance.
Marcus could quickly double up in Race 2 where he rides Riptide for Sean Tarry. This three-year-old daughter of Trippi has been a little disappointing but is rarely far off the winner.
Last time she ran over 1600m on the Polytrack at Greyville and after leading for much of the journey, faded late to finish third, three lengths off Tombola. She drops to 1400m this time which could be more up her street.
Her obvious danger is Star In The Sky who ran in a barrier trial which was won by Traces who is a feature race winner. Dennis Drier then ran his charge in a Maiden Plate over 1200m on the Polytrack in which she ran a 1.75-length third behind Not Now Pussycat.
She is by Silvano so Star In The Sky is likely to enjoy the extra 200m this time.
Perhaps Marcus’ best ride comes up in Race 5, a MR 76 Handicap for fillies and mares over 1000m where he is aboard five-year-old Bonnie Dawn for Louis Goosen. Her last two starts were over this course and distance and she ran well in both, especially her last run where she finished a one-length second behind Ronnie Rocket, despite losing two lengths at the start.
Marcus is sure to make a major difference on this daughter of Querari who could very well be a banker in the Pick 6 carryover which is expected to reach R1.7 million.