Viv Greybe: Though up against tough opposition, champion jockey Lyle Hewitson is unlikely to come away empty- handed at Scottsville today.
He could have his followers in the payout queue in Race 2 when teamed up with Paul Gadsby-trained Talia Al Ghul who contests a Maiden Juvenile Plate over 1000m.
This filly found one better in her two starts over this course and distance, but should be up to the task this time when receiving 2.5kg from her all-male opposition.
Her principal rivals are Prince Of Persia, Quant Master and Mighty Smart.
Hewitson has another bright chance of success in Race 4 when aboard Dennis Bosch-trained Knight Warrior in a 1400m Maiden Plate. This two-year-old followed up a creditable fourth on debut with two promising runs – finishing second over 1400m at Greyville and then second again at Scottsville over 1600m. Carrying 4kg less than his older opposition and having a good inside draw again he should not miss this time.
Making most appeal of the others are Silva’s Fling, Master Of The Sea and Brilliant Disguise.
Another top-flight jockey worth following is Gavin Lerena. He looks poised to strike in Race 3 when taking the ride on Garth Puller-trained Krishnies Jet in a 1200m Maiden Plate. This three-year-old has not finished out of the money in his five outings this year at Scottsville – the last of which saw him run on stoutly to finish a 1.90-length second out of 15. Top-rated in this contest he will be tough to beat.
Others who come into the reckoning are Poinciana, First Sighting, All The Way Up and Solicitor General.
Lerena will be out to recover losses in Race 5 when partnering Dennis Drier-trained Golden Chance in a MR 86 Handicap (F&M) over 1400m. He was aboard this filly three runs back when not disgraced in the Cape Fillies Guineas (Grade 1) at Kenilworth where she did not have a trouble-free run but finished a respectable sixth out of 13.
However, the combination followed up with two stout efforts over 1400m – finishing second at Kenilworth and then after a three-month break the filly was a promising 1.70-length third in a MR 88 Handicap at Greyville. This three-year-old will step out much fitter this time and could be in the winner’s enclosure.
Next best are Diamond Noir, Generous Lady and Runaway Gal.
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