Blackball to score again

Blackball to score again


Viv Greybe: Gavin van Zyl-trained Blackball, who was back to top form in his last two outings, has a bright chance to make it two wins in a row with Warren Kennedy aboard at the Greyville Polytrack on Wednesday when contesting Race 4, a MR 90 Handicap over 2000m.

In his penultimate outing, this four-time winner (all with Kennedy up) had Sean Veale aboard at Scottsville where he ran on stoutly to finish a promising 0.75-length second over 1950m.

Then switched to the Greyville Polytrack and partnered by Kennedy, the four-year-old came storming through from last to score by a neck.

This gelding is likely to step out primed and ready after a two-month break and will enjoy the step up in distance and can defy top-weight.

However, expect a strong challenge from Gareth van Zyl-trained two-time winner Paths Of Victory with Anton Marcus in the saddle in place of the injured Muzi Yeni. The last time this three-year-old raced at the Polytrack was four runs back when ridden by Kennedy and a runner-up over 2000m.

The gelding confirmed his current fitness with a creditable second at Scottsville over 2400m. He should be in the final call again.

Also in with claims is Lowan Denysschen-trained High Green who has been in the runner-up spot in five of his last six starts. The four-year-old had a wide draw in his most recent outing when carrying 57.5kg and finishing fourth in a MR 80 Handicap over this course and distance.

Though up in class, he must be respected this time when carrying 52kg and having the advantage of the best draw, plus champion Lyle Hewitson aboard.

The best of the remainder are King Of The Corn and The Sultans Bazaar.

There are two bright prospects worth following at the beginning of the meeting. Go with Dean Kannemeyer-trained Caprera (Keagan de Melo) in Race 1, a Maiden Plate over 1400m. This three-year-old was indeed unlucky in defeat last time when backed and finishing second, as he was slow out, lost a shoe and was bumped.

Ultra-consistent Hey Jude (Kennedy), out of Robbie and Shannon Hill’s stable should be rewarded with an overdue win in Race 2, a Maiden Plate (F&M) over 1600m. This luckless three-year-old was placed in her last 11 starts – two of which were with Kennedy up and finishing second at the Polytrack. With a better draw this time the combination could go one better.

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