Viv Greybe: Glen Kotzen-trained Heart Of A Legend has a bright chance to land a third career win at the Greyville Polytrack on Wednesday when teamed up with jockey Anton Marcus and contesting Race 4, a MR 78 Handicap (F&M) over 1400m.
The four-year-old has been unplaced only once in her six starts this season – that was four runs back in a tough MR 88 Handicap when she raced too keenly and finished a creditable 2.80-length fifth over the course and distance.
However, there was much to like about her most recent run as she stayed on stoutly under 58.5kg and finished a 0.50-length second in a 1600m MR 78 Handicap over 1600m.
This consistent filly will step out refreshed after a short rest, and with the advantage of pole position with Marcus up, it all points to a visit to the winner’s enclosure.
Though she is coming off a three-month break, do not rule out Dennis Drier-trained Star In The Sky with Sean Veale up. This highly rated novice was an impressive six-length maiden winner three runs back at the Polytrack over 1600m. She was not disgraced in her subsequent runs when finishing fifth at Kenilworth over 1600m and 2000m. With Veale aboard again, the filly rates a major threat.
Another one-time winner who could have a say in the finish is Robbie and Shannon Hill-trained Petra with Brandon Lerena aboard. Returning from a two-month break, this three-year-old was an inspiring fast-finishing short-head second in a 1200m MR 80 Handicap at the Polytrack.
Next best are Ooh La La, Gorgeous Guest and Salimah.
Race 3 should see Hill-trained Hey Jude rewarded with an overdue maiden win when teamed up with champion jockey Lyle Hewitson for the first time in a F&M contest over 1400m.
Follow Gavin van Zyl-trained novice Pantsula (Warren Kennedy) who lines up in Race 5, a 1400m MR 64 Handicap. This four-year-old comes off two promising runs over the course and distance with Kennedy aboard – more so, last time when slow out and a fast-finishing close second in a MR 72 Handicap. With the advantage of the best draw this time the combination should go one better.
Dean Kannemeyer-trained Orient Express (Keagan de Melo) has been threatening a maiden win since fitted with blinkers, and that could come in Race 6, a F&M contest over 1900m. This three-year-old was unlucky in her last outing, as she was slow out and lost a shoe in the running but still managed to finish second over 2000m.
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