It’s time to cash in

It’s time to cash in


Jack Milner: Cash Time has been contesting Grade 1 and Grade 2 features over the past few months and although he has yet to win a feature, this four-year-old gelding has not performed too badly.

Last time out he ran in the Grade 2 Colorado King Handicap over 2000m on the Standside track at Turffontein and finished fourth, beaten 4.85 lengths by a much-improved Divine Odyssey.

Prior to that he finished a one-length third in the Grade 2 Victory Moon Handicap, a 1.75-length fifth behind Dawn Assault in the Grade 3 London News Stakes and fourth, also behind Divine Odyssey, in the Listed Drum Star Handicap.

On Saturday this Ashley Fortune-trained son of Gimmethegreenlight takes quite a drop in class when he contests a MR 90 Handicap over 2000m, but this time on the Inside track. It is not his favourite course but he has run a few places on the track.

Saturday is the Hennenman Memorial Race Day, which commemorates the tragic plane crash in 1988 in which 13 jockeys, one trainer, five officials, two owners and three crew members lost their lives, returning from a race meeting in Bloemfontein.

Races 2 to 8 carry the names of the 24 people who lost their lives.

Race 6, in which Cash Time will run, bears the names of jockeys Warren Bailie, Bennie de Wet, Rooies Fourie and Greg Holme.

With a drop in class comes a commensurate weight increase and Cash Time is carded to carry 63kg. However, Fortune has engaged decent apprentice Kabelo Matsunyane who gets a 2.5kg allowance. He also has the benefit of jumping from No 3 draw.

Once you look past him the race is wide open. Based on his recent consistency Hakeem could be the next best runner. In his last eight starts he has scored one win and placed on six other occasions. This Mike de Kock-trained gelding carries just 53.5kg and will be ridden by Randall Simons.

One horse who is proven over the course and distance is American Indian, who won his last race over this 2000m. In his four runs on the Inside track this Ormond Ferraris-trained runner has won twice and placed once.

He did not beat the strongest of fields last time and his time was not all that fast but he needs to be included in Trifectas and Quartets.

Bottom-weight Come The Day has improved since fitted with blinkers two runs back and finished a 2.15-length third behind American Indian. He is now 2kg better off and that should bring them very close together. He also has a top jockey in Muzi Yeni.

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