Bonginkosi Nkosi: Over a distance far too short of his best, Al Mutawakel, a full-brother to SA Derby winner Al Sahem, made a mockery of opposition in his debut performance, justifying 26-10 favouritism by 2.25 lengths.
Now stepping up to 1400m and shouldering bottom-weight of 52kg, this Sean Tarry-trained son of Silvano looks a solid Place Accumulator banker when he reunites with champion jockey Lyle Hewitson in Sunday’s Race 6, a MR 84 Handicap on the Turffontein Standside track.
“Unfortunately, he’s had a few niggles and setbacks,” admitted Hewitson on Tellytrack. “He’s never given that impression – from day one – that he is on the level of his brother but sometimes they just save it for the course.
“I was hoping for a fourth or fifth-place finish, albeit a weak field, I just wanted a good run and the fact he has come through and won shows that he has that (Al Sahem) class about him. Hopefully he goes on to bigger things.”
Al Mutawakel jumps from an advantageous No 2 draw and should prove far better than his merit rating of 72 suggests. Follow him until he gets beaten!
For the Pick 6, make sure you add in the ultra-consistent, Norland, who although hasn’t won for some time, doesn’t know how to run a bad race and has taken home a minor stakes cheque in each of his last seven performances.
The remainder of the eight-race card looks competitive, however, having sparked tremendous improvement when sporting blinkers for the first time – beaten a commendable 1.75 lengths into second place – the Gary Alexander-trained Duke Of Swing looks a worthy Pick 6 banker when he contests Race 3, a Maiden Plate over 2000m.
He just looks like the progressive type and is well drawn at No 2 in this 10-horse field.
The only real chink in his armour appears to be the fact he shoulders 2.5kg more than main danger, Humour Me, from the illustrious Geoff Woodruff yard.
Although he has only run a place once in six career starts, there was a lot to like about this Ideal World gelding’s most recent performance when beaten 2.50 lengths into fifth place by The Litigator over 2400m. He raced handy and only ran out of puff passing the 400m marker which strongly suggests he will be better suited to 2000m.
If your budget permits, add this three-year-old gelding in your Pick 6.
The Mike de Kock yard rarely concludes a Highveld meeting without visiting the winner’s enclosure. It should pay to take a TAB double featuring their mounts – Gimme Hope Johanna in Race 7 and Mutrib in Race 8.
The former’s previous form clearly proves that she may have found 1600m a touch too far in her latest appearance, beaten 1.50 lengths into seventh place by Being Fabulous over 1400m.
And it didn’t help that she was shockingly drawn!
Gimme Hope Johanna was triumphant over 1450m in her penultimate outing and should relish the drop back to 1400m when she runs in Race 7, a FM 84 Handicap over 1400m.
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