Jack Milner: I am not the greatest fan of horses who keep running second, because they always tend to continue finding someone to beat them.
However, occasionally they look so much better than their opposition that you just have to give them one more chance.
The aptly named Elusive Diva, who seems to find the No 1 box especially elusive, could finally end her bridesmaid tag when she lines up in Race 8 at Greyville on Sunday, a Maiden Plate for fillies and mares over 1400m on the Polytrack.
She is trained by Brett Crawford and only made the move from Cape Town to KwaZulu-Natal in the new season. What is relevant is that this daughter of Elusive Fort has done well since being introduced to the Polytrack.
Her first start, over 1900m, could have been a touch far but she only faded late to run fifth, beaten five lengths. Since then she has notched up three successive seconds, two over 1600m and the last over 1400m.
Last time she had to overcome No 12 draw but this time she jumps from barrier No 4 and again has Anton Marcus up. She is at least 3kg better handicapped than her opposition and looks to be the best banker on the card.
The meeting features a carryover Jackpot pool starting in Race 4 with R20,646 and a total estimated pool of R700,000; as well as a carryover Trifecta in Race 8 of R45,831 and a final estimated pool of R230,000.
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