MARCO VAN RENSBURG
Viv Greybe: Cliffie Miller-trained Timkat, who comes off four good runs against tough opposition, has a bright chance to land a seventh career win on Monday when teamed up with Marco van Rensburg in Race 8, a Pinnacle Stakes over 1600m at Flamingo Park.
This son of Fort Wood had Collen Storey aboard four runs back when justifying favouritism with a smart 2.90-length win in a 1000m Pinnacle Stakes.
Sent off favourite in his next two outings, the gelding was a gallant short-head second in the 1200m Flamingo Park Sprint and then a creditable runner-up from a slow start in the Kimberley 1400.
Van Rensburg took over from Storey in the four-year-old’s subsequent run when stepping out after a short rest and scoring a clear-cut win in a 1000m Pinnacle Stakes. With the advantage of the best draw the combination could be up to the task again.
But watch out for Sarel von Willingh Smit-trained eight-time winner Top Salute, the only filly in the line-up with apprentice Dylan Lerena up again. Lerena knows what is required as he partnered her to victory five times, the last of which was an impressive 5.20-length win in a 1400m Pinnacle Stakes.
Her next outing when unplaced over 1200m can be ignored as there was a report that she had over-reached in the running. She was back to form in her subsequent run when a runner-up in a Pinnacle Stakes over 1600m.
Expect a bold bid from Timkat’s stablemate Phil’s Power with Calvin Habib up. This five-time winner has yet to finish out of the money when running in Pinnacle contests – following up two second-placed runs to Top Salute with a creditable third to the same filly.
Then two runs later when teamed up with Habib for the first time, the gelding ran on to outgun Top Salute by an increasing 1.75 lengths over 1600m.
Another who could be in the final call is former Western Cape four-time winner Mac De Lago (Eldin Webber) who makes his local debut for Corrie Lensley’s stable.
This seven-year-old was placed in his last three runs at Kenilworth, the last of which was a short-head second in a 1600m MR 96 Handicap. The gelding comes off a layoff but any betting support for this gelding will have to be respected.
Best of the remainder are Tienie Prinsloo-trained Happy Pills (apprentice Kabelo Matsunyane) and Icarus Flight out of Stephanie Miller’s stable with Mathew Thackeray aboard.
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