Bonginkosi Nkosi: It should pay to follow the career of trainer Michael Roberts’ three-year-old speedster Solid Gold, who is a confident Pick 6 banker in Sunday’s Race 5, a MR 78 Handicap over 1200m on the Greyville Polytrack.
This son of Rock Of Gibraltar’s latest performance, when beaten 0.95 lengths into third place by Desolate Road over 1200m on the turf, was full of merit if you take into account he was returning from a four-month stint off the racetrack – and that he over-raced.
Solid Gold should improve many lengths now that he’s had a run under the belt, plus he easily has the most inspiring form in the field.
If can reproduce anything close to his penultimate start, when denying Alfonsa Spagoni of a victory by a gutsy 0.05 lengths, he will be very hard to peg back in this contest.
“I must admit, I thought he’d win much easier than this,” said Roberts on Tellytrack following the gelding’s triumph.
“He’s a nice horse but you can still see greenness. He reminds me of a little horse I used to ride called Bold Tropic. If he (Solid Gold) could only be half as good, it would be brilliant.”
Apprentice jockey Ashton Arries takes the ride and his mount will benefit from the No 6 draw and bottom weight of 56.5kg.
hat is 3.5kg less than his main danger, Blackburn Roc, who is ultra-consistent and gets the services of Anton Marcus.
Dennis Drier’s charge left the maiden ranks at the fourth time of asking, impressively skipping four lengths clear of Sigismund over this course and distance. It is best you put a line through his last result, when he was ninth on the turf – his form proves he is most lethal on the Polytrack.
Jockey Brandon Lerena should be seen in the winner’s enclosure with Silver Song following the running of Race 4, a Maiden Plate over 1200m.