JUAN TWO THREE
Viv Greybe: Though coming off a nine-month layoff and carrying 62kg, 10-time winner Juan Two Three out of Alan Greeff’s stable should continue his winning ways at the Fairview Polytrack on Monday.
The talented sprinter teams up with Greg Cheyne in Race 6, the World Sports Betting East Cape Poly Challenge (Non-Black Type) over 1200m – Leg 1 of the WSB East Cape Poly Challenge.
This son of Var had Cheyne aboard in his last two outings when sent off favourite and sweeping all aside – scoring by 2.25 lengths in the Fairview Flying Five on grass and following up with a clear-cut win under 62kg in a 1200m Pinnacle Stakes on the Polytrack.
Champion trainer Greeff will have the classy six-year-old primed and ready, and the combination looks on target to complete the hat-trick.
However, expect a strong challenge from five-time winner Pacific Spirit (Lyle Hewitson) and seven-time winner Flight Captain (Ryan Munger) – both from the hot stable of Yvette Bremner.
Hewitson was aboard Pacific Spirit in his last three outings when a runner-up over the course and distance. This five-year-old followed up with a gallant dead-heat win in a 15-strong MR 87 Handicap over 1000m at Kenilworth. The consistent gelding was not disgraced on his return to base as he ran on stoutly from a bad start to claim second place in a 1100m Pinnacle Stakes at Fairview on grass. He has a wide draw to overcome but still rates a major threat.
Flight Captain, who has the advantage of a good inside draw, comes off two bright runs. He was a gutsy winner with Hewitson aboard in a MR 98 Handicap over the course and distance. Then partnered by Munger he was a creditable third behind second-placed Pacific Spirit in the previously mentioned 1100m Pinnacle Stakes.
Making most appeal of the others are Omega Onslaught, Starflash and Breakfast Club.
There are also a few worth following in the minor events. Seasoned campaigner Afrikaburn (Chase Maujean), out of Tara Laing’s stable, could defy top-weight in Race 4 when down in class and contesting a Pinnacle Stakes over 1600m. This seven-time winner was a close runner-up last time in a 1400m Pinnacle Stakes and will relish the switch to 1600m.
Stick with Yvette Bremner-trained two-time winner Highland Hero (Lyle Hewitson) in Race 5, a 1000m MR 80 Handicap. The four-year-old won with authority over 1000m in his last two outings and should follow up.
Greeff-trained three-time winner African Messiah (Cheyne) will be tough to beat in Race 7, a 1400m MR 72 Handicap. This consistent four-year-old ran into traffic problems last time when racing from the worst draw and finishing third over 1300m, but should be up to the task this time when stepping up the distance and having a favourable inside draw.
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