Bonginkosi Nkosi: There is no better jockey to trust with safely delivering your BiPot or Pick 6 banker at the moment than Anton Marcus. He has a 30.21% win strike rate.
The veteran is unlikely to disappoint BiPot players when he teams up with Justin Snaith-trained Somewhere In Time in Sunday afternoon’s Race 1, a Fillies Juvenile Plate over 1200m, at Scottsville. This jockey-trainer combination will be looking to boost their sky-high 33.33% win strike rate together.
There was a lot to like about Somewhere In Time’s debut run when, despite being green, she managed to find a little extra in the dying stages under Richard Fourie to beat Sweet Karma a lot easier than the 0.75-length margin suggests – justifying 8-10 favouritism in the process.
The two-year-old daughter of Captain Al has easily the most inspiring form in the field and should improve many lengths now that she knows what racing is all about.
The only real chink in the filly’s armour is the fact she returns from an 87-day stint off the racetrack and may need the run.
If Wishful Girl Linn from the Garth Puller yard improves on her debut, when she ran on gamely to finish second, beaten no more than 1.30 lengths by Naoshima over the minimum trip, she could give Marcus’s mount a torrid time at the finish line.
Her case is further strengthened by the fact she shoulders 3kg less than Somewhere In Time.
One-time winner Marchetto, from the Gareth van Zyl stable, is very consistent. However, he has been forced to settle for the runner-up position in his last two starts. After being slow out of the gates in his latest run, he was the unluckiest of losers, beaten a rapidly diminishing 0.15 lengths by Triple Fate Line over 1200m at Greyville track.
The manner in which Marchetto finished off that contest strongly suggests he is yearning for the extra ground so should be hard to peg back in Race 4, a MR 80 Handicap over 1600m.
Jockey Sherman Brown takes the ride for the first time and the pair jump from an advantageous No 4 draw, carrying just 1kg more than main danger Dyno Man at 57kg.
Although clearly talented, the latter returns from a 99-day rest so cannot be a confident selection. Punters might be well advised to go the boxed Swinger or Exacta route, featuring the pair.
Vikram looks a great Eachway bet in Race 5, a Graduation Plate over 1500m.