Marcus to show way at Scottsville

Marcus to show way at Scottsville


Viv Greybe: Wednesday’s meeting at Scottsville sees trainer Louis Goosen with four runners in Race 6 and main event, a Pinnacle Stakes over 1000m, and the one who will spearhead his attack is four-time winner Captain’s Girl with log-leader Anton Marcus aboard.

The last time Marcus was aboard this mare was in September when she returned from a layoff and ran out a clear-cut winner in a 1000m Pinnacle Stakes at Scottsville.

This 1000m specialist held form well in all but one of her subsequent runs – and that was in her most recent outing when she tried 1200m at the Greyville Polytrack and finished last in the Marula Sprint, but only four lengths off the winner.

However, back at Scottsville and racing over her most effective distance and reunited with Marcus, she will be tough to beat.

Expect a challenge from her five-time winning stablemate Hashtag Strat with in-form Mark Khan up. After having posted an impressive Pinnacle double over this course and distance she went off the boil.

However, after a rest she showed encouraging improvement in her last two runs when finishing fourth at Turffontein and Greyville over 1000m.

Though coming off a layoff, two-time winner La Ferrari (Stuart Randolph) out of Tony Rivalland’s yard could make his presence felt. This five-year-old has repeatedly held form after coming off a rest, and his last run was a stout effort as he did not have trouble-free run but still managed to finish a 2,80-length fourth in a Pinnacle Stakes over 1000m at Scottsville.

The pick of the others are Autumn In Seattle, Calvary and Val-La-Ree.

Marcus will be aboard two bright prospects in the minor events. He could strike in Race 1 when teamed up with Michael Miller-trained Bound By Duty in a Juvenile Plate over 1000m. This colt justified favouritism last time at Scottsville on debut and should follow up.

He will be aboard Garth Puller-trained Mana Santana who looks a standout bet in Race 3, a 1400m Maiden Plate contest. This three-year-old found one better last time over 1600m but should not miss this time over the shorter distance.

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