Bonginkosi Nkosi: The fact Alan Greeff-trained Parterre found tremendous betting support on the first time of asking – shortening from 17-10 to 1-1 hotpot favouritism – suggests he is highly rated by the yard and it could have been a reflection of the work he produces at home.
Unfortunately this son of Flower Alley ran greenly on that occasion and could only manage fifth-place, beaten 4.25 lengths by Snorok over 1200m at Fairview’s turf track.
Returning to the same venue and distance on Friday and having the benefit of experience in his favour, this two-year-old colt should shed his maiden tag when he reunites with jockey Bernard Fayd’Herbe in Race 1, a Maiden Juvenile Plate.
National jockeys’ championship log leader, Muzi Yeni, has been riding like a man possessed and should pose the main danger aboard Big Bay.
This Gavin Smith-trained Var colt has been the unluckiest of losers in his last two performances – finishing second both times – beaten 0.25 lengths most recently and an even tighter 0.05 lengths in his penultimate race.
For the Quartet, consider floating Big Bay and Parterre with the field.
It could pay to go the All-To-Come bet route featuring a win on Parterre, a place on Voices Of Light in Race 5 and a win on Epic Storm in Race 6.
The last named has been a different horse since relocating to Port Elizabeth, winning three of four starts including most recently when a 0.50-length victor over 1900m on the Polytrack. Most impressive is the fact this Captain Al filly was two-from-last passing the 350m marker, needing to make up no less than 6.20 lengths with the leader.
The only real chink in this three-year-old’s armour is the top-weight of 61kg she shoulders in a FM 68 Handicap over 2000m. That is 2.5kg more than her biggest danger, Fly Thought, who jumps from a decent No 8 draw in this 15-horse field.
This Tara Laing-trained daughter of Philanthropist showed tremendous courage when defeating Jungle Fairy by 0.25 lengths in her latest run. The step up in trip shouldn’t raise too many red flags – she was triumphant over 1800m at Turffontein in December 2018.
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