Ken Nicol: Song Of The Forest can pick out a sweet melody for punters at Scottsville on Wednesday, where she lines up in Race 6, a FM 64 Handicap over 1600m.
Now low-level fillies’ handicaps are not usually the place to find best bets, but this is a day of extremely open-looking contests throughout the race meeting.
Louis Goosen’s three-year-old daughter of Oratorio was well supported when a comfortable maiden winner over course and distance in January under Anton Marcus, and there have been a couple of winners out of the form line.
Making her reappearance here a month ago against a slightly stronger field than this, she was allowed to stride a little too freely by her apprentice rider, and predictably ran out of puff late.
She was only beaten a couple of lengths into fourth though, and it was a meritorious post-maiden effort.
Now Marcus takes up the reins again, and she is drawn one off the inside. That adds up to a potentially lethal combination and this improving filly should be too strong for her moderate foes.
Oloye and Scarlet Chill look most likely to give cheek.
Marcus could well also be on the mark in Race 4, where Bedazzled Joker can be rewarded for his consistency.
This Alyson Wright-trained gelding is never beaten far, and has finished strongly to place in his last three runs. The addition of the battle-hardened Marcus looks set to make the crucial difference in this MR 64 Handicap over 1200m.
A good value bet at long odds is Silver Cent in Race 5, a MR 64 Handicap over 1400m. This Lola Crawford-trained five-time winner isn’t the most reliable, but wasn’t too far off last time on the Greyville Polytrack, and crucially has won both previous appearances over this track and trip.
The gelding has former champion jockey Mark Khan up, and if in the mood will be right there in another limited line up.
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