Viv Greybe: Champion trainer Alan Greeff, who bagged Leg 1 of the East Cape Poly Challenge with Juan Two Three at the Fairview Polytrack over 1200m, has a bright chance to claim top honours in Leg 2 on Friday when he sends out Breakfast Club with Greg Cheyne aboard in Race 7, which is Leg 2 of the Challenge and to be run over the extended distance of 1400m.
Six-time winner Breakfast Club can be considered an unlucky loser in Leg 1 when carrying 59.5kg and partnered by Charles Ndlovu, as he ran strongly from near last to finish a short-head second to Cheyne-ridden Juan Two Three.
Equipped with blinkers again and teamed up with the stable’s frontline jockey Cheyne, this six-year-old will be tough to beat over the extra distance, more so, carrying the same weight.
However, expect a brave bid from ultra-consistent six-time winner Dawnbreaker, out of Gavin Smith’s stable, with champion Lyle Hewitson in the saddle. The last time Hewitson was aboard was three runs back when the five-year-old posted a smart pillar-to-post win under 59.5kg in a Pinnacle Stakes over the course and distance. This five-year-old followed up with a creditable fourth and third in tough company over 1400m and 1200m at the Polytrack. Though having to shoulder 1.50kg more this time he deserves the utmost respect.
Both will have to watch out for Greeff’s six-time winner Streak Of Silver (Ndlovu) who is overdue for a win. The last time he scored was in November when he outgunned Breakfast Club decisively in a feature event over the course and distance. This gelding has since been placed twice in feature events, and there was much to like about his most recent run when he came from last after a slow start to finish a 1.25-length second in a 1600m Pinnacle Stakes at the Polytrack.
Next best are bottom-weights Lets Play Ball and Sao Paulo.
The Greeff-Cheyne partnership could make merry in the minor events. Three-year-old Aloysius should make it three wins in a row at the Polytrack in Race 4 over 1200m.
Consistent two-time winner Voices Of Light should defy top-weight in Race 5 over 1200m. This three-year-old came from last in an 18-strong field to finish second and is unlikely to miss this time with Cheyne up.
The combination also looks set to claim victory in Race 9 with Al’s Bells who steps out refreshed after a break. With Cheyne called on this time the filly should be in the winner’s enclosure.
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