Nkosinkosi Nkosi: If form is any sort of indication, than there is no doubt that most punters will rely heavily on jockey Gavin Lerena to safely deliver Pick 6 banker Boutique to victory when she lines up in Race 6 at Turffontein on Sunday, a FM 71 Handicap over 1450m on the Inside track.
Draws are of paramount importance at this venue so backers of this four-year-old daughter of Mastercraftsman, will be delighted she jumps from an advantageous No 2 draw in this 10-horse field.
She has impressively won two of her three career starts, including her latest at the Vaal when gutsily fighting Walnut Dash – under an animated Lerena – all the way to the finish line to justify 18-10 favouritism by a narrow 0.10 lengths over 1400m.
Boutique shoulders 1.5kg less than her main danger, Artemisia, and considering she jumps from No 6 draw, a loss becomes highly unlikely for Laird’s charge. The only real chink in Boutique’s armour is the fact she returns from a 96-day stint off the racetrack, so she may suffer from ring-rust.
If you are looking to go the TAB All-To-Come bet route, place wins on Lake Kinneret in Race 5 and Boutique in Race 6 and places on the apprentice jockey Tejash Juglall-ridden Galactic Warrior in Race 8 and Skiminac in Race 9.
Considering he clipped heels in running and carried a mammoth 7.5kg more than Apache Toe – the winner – Lake Kinneret did exceptionally well to finish second, beaten no more than 0,10 lengths over 1600m.
Interestingly this ultra-consistent son of Kahal has only missed the first three once in his last seven performances, and on this evidence, he should be extremely hard to oppose when lining up in Race 5, a MR 94 Handicap over 1600m.
Lake Kinneret is smartly draw at No 3 and shoulders 3kg less than main danger Warrior’s Rest. Considering the latter was returning from a two-month layoff last time, it is best you put a line through that performance when beaten 4.25 lengths into sixth-place by Soldier On. With fitness in his corner, this Sean Tarry-trained gelding will improve many lengths and is a must include in your Pick 6.
Juglall’s 4kg claim means Skiminac will only carry 55.5kg when he runs in Race 9, a MR 68 Handicap over 1800m.
He was far from disgraced when caught on the line by Kurt’s Approval over this distance at the Vaal, beaten 0.40 lengths into second.
This son of Tiger Roll came out on top in his penultimate start and if Juglall can get him to reproduce a similar performance on Sunday, he will have no trouble outclassing Royal Honour who he finished 1.60 lengths ahead of in their most recent encounter.
Consider taking a boxed Swinger or Exacta featuring the pair or maybe even float them with as many runners as your budget allows in a Quartet.
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