Ken Nicol: Frank Lloyd Wright has found his form and should pay to follow.
Frank Lloyd Wright has proved costly to follow over his short career but he seems to have regained a bit of the old form with a start-to-finish victory in a MR 80 Handicap over 1400m at Kenilworth last time. Of course, his merit rating had come down quite significantly and that also would have helped him as it allowed the three-year-old son of Captain Al to take on some weaker opposition.
There was a lot to like about the manner of his last win and hopefully trainer Justin Snaith has him back on track. He cost R3.25 million as a yearling so it comes as no surprise that he is a very good looking gelding.
Hopefully the last win gave him some confidence and he can put up a repeat performance when he runs over the same course and distance on Tuesday in Race 7, a MR 88 Handicap.
The average merit rating of this event is 82, six points stronger than the field he raced against last time, but he does come into the race carrying just 52.5kg and champion jockey and current log leader Lyle Hewitson is in the irons.
The human version of Frank Lloyd Wright is considered one of America’s greatest architects and buildings he designed go for massive sums of money. He was also immortalised in a song by Simon And Garfunkel in the 1960s called “So Long Frank Lloyd Wright”.
The main threat to the gelded version could be the ever-consistent Zeb, who has run two consecutive thirds in his last two runs. This will be his third run after a layoff so if there any cobwebs they should be out of his system by now.
Vaughan Marshall has engaged apprentice Sandile Mbhele for the ride and that takes 1.5kg off his back and could help this five-year-old gelding.
Candice Bass-Robinson sends out Meraki but he was well beaten by Frank Lloyd Wright last time. However, he was reported not be striding out and that may have contributed to his 6.40-length defeat. Bernard Fayd’Herbe takes the ride this time and Meraki is 2.5kg better off on this occasion.
If he does remain sound during the race he should get a lot closer.
The best bet on the card could come up in Race 6, a Pinnacle Stakes over 1800m. Despite this being a stakes race many of these runners are very closely handicapped but there was a lot to like about the way Man About Town won his last race.
He beat quite a strong field with ease and should pay to follow in a race of this nature. Grant Behr rides.
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