Ken Nicol: Richard Fourie has a remarkable win rate of over 26% at Durbanville this season, and once again looks the jockey to be with on Saturday.
Perhaps the pick is Destin in Race 4, a Maiden Plate over 1600m. This son of Jackson has been a runner-up in his last three races since being gelded, going closest over this trip when touched off by Duke’s Domain.
Three winners have come out of the form line and, despite this being his 10th start, from a plum draw he will not have a better chance to shed his maiden status.
In a rather weak looking line-up, lightly raced Var Express looks the main danger.
Fourie also rides the obvious form choice Cyber Blossom in Race 3. She placed behind classy fillies Miss Honey and Vandah’s Spirit in her first two runs, before finding the listed Juvenile race on Sun Met day a little too tough.
The extra ground should suit and the daughter of What A Winter seems certain to be in the shake-up.
Driving Miss Daisy and Stylish Icon both made decent debuts and deserve respect, while there are a number of first-timers who also cloud the issue.
It is a similar story in Race 1, where Fourie partners Rio Querari, who got within a length of what looks a classy sort in Minnesota Dream first time out.
That makes him the one to beat here, but Joey Ramsden’s All Black showed good pace here first-time out and rates a threat, and seven of the 10 are debutantes.
A good Eachway bet is Dharma in Race 6. This Royal Air Force gelding finally pulled a decent draw last time and left the maidens in good style under a back-in-form Anthony Andrews.
In addition, he has shown a liking for this track, and should go close in an ultra-competitive race.
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