Jack Milner: Trainer Brett Crawford has been on fire over the last week and he could be back in the limelight at Kenilworth on Tuesday when he sends out American Landing in Race 2, a MR 96 Handicap over 2000m.
It is worth noting that Crawford won the Listed East Cape Derby for the second successive year last Saturday when St Vladimir swept past the opposition to win by 1.50 lengths.
Last year he won it with American Landing who has not won since the Fairview race.
American Landing is beautifully bred and is a half-brother to Master Sabina who won the Summer Cup two years in a row, and a full brother to Sabina’s Dynasty.
After his East Cape Derby win last year, which came in only his fifth start, American Landing looked to have a massive future in the stayers’ ranks but somehow that never happened. He has run some good races, including 3.70-length fifth behind Doublemint in the Grade 2 Peninsula Handicap over 1800m.
Eventually the decision was taken to geld him, which took place in January, and after a decent rest period he came back on 27 April to contest a Pinnacle Stakes over 1600m.
The distance was clearly too short but he did well to run fifth, beaten just 2.45 lengths by Kenny Trix. As the average merit rating of that race was 95, and this is 88, he takes a drop in class and this 2000m should be right up his alley.
Corne Orffer takes the ride.
The horse he will have to beat is undoubtedly Man About Town from the Piet Steyn yard. This four-year-old colt is in excellent form and has a good record over the course and distance – two wins and a fourth from four starts.
He also has the benefit of a top jockey in Bernard Fayd’Herbe, who is coming off a four-timer at Durbanville on Sunday so his confidence has to be high.
In fact, Man About Town finished second in that Pinnacle Stakes won by Kenny Trix but he was fully fit going into that race while American Landing was coming back from almost 100 days off the track. He is also 0.5kg better off on this occasion.
Those two should be good enough for the BiPot and they must make for an excellent Swinger.
The horse to take into account for the Trifecta must be Gyre. He is extremely consistent and in 26 starts has finished in the top three on 17 occasions. Adam Marcus has his string in excellent form at the moment and this six-year-old son of Windrush will be giving of his best once again. Craig Zackey takes the ride.
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