Trevor Reid: Title-chasing jockey Anton Marcus has been riding winners all over the country recently – from race meetings on the Highveld to both the turf and Polytracks at Greyville, ‘Superman’ has been booting home the winners with regularity.
And that trend looks set to continue on Wednesday at Kenilworth, where he has a competitive book of rides on the eight-race card.
Leading Western Cape trainer Justin Snaith has a three-pronged attack in the opening race, with stable jockey Richard Fourie riding Evening Song, third on debut beaten 6.50 lengths, and Robert Khathi sticking with Yucatan, who was runner-up last time 4.25 lengths behind the winner.
However, the Brett Crawford-trained newcomer Kelpie is sure attract plenty of attention in her first start at the races.
This daughter of Dynasty is related to a host of high-class performers and is bred to be special. Marcus rides for owners Ridgemont Highlands, for who he is the retained rider.
The jockey-trainer-owner triumvirate could be seen to the fore again in Race 3 with another newcomer, R1-million buy Calypso Beat.
The engaging of Marcus aboard newcomers from the Crawford yard for these patrons have been seen to devastating effect in the past, which bodes well for the chances of this Querari filly on debut.
Crawford holds a strong hand in Race 4 but Khopesh, who Marcus rides, is the obvious stable-elect. He was slow out the gates before staying on well over 1400m last time, so the step up in trip to a ‘mile’ in his third start should be to his liking.
Kingsbarns juvenile King Of Gems has shown promise in both starts to date and makes his handicap debut taking on older horses in Race 7 over 1400m.
He won on debut over 1200m, beating two subsequent winners, and was a creditable fourth last time (beaten just three lengths) by a highly regarded two-year-old who has since finished second in a Listed race.
He faces a stern examination of his ability against hard-knocking handicappers Kalahari Ninja and Silver League, but has looked a bright prospect so could prove up to the task under Marcus and 59kg.
The Jackson filly Pretty Young Thing looks likely to end the day on a winning note for Marcus in Race 8.
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