Jack Milner: When it comes to races on the Turffontein inside track, especially from 1000m to 1600m, the draw plays a massive part.
And those barrier positions could play a huge part in the outcome of Race 7 at the track on Saturday, a MR 84 Handicap over 1450m.
Although only nine runners are carded to go to post, being drawn among the first four is a massive advantage.
With that in mind, Gimmethenight from the Weiho Marwing stable could have the edge over this field as the four-year-old gelding jumps from pole position.
The son of Gimmethegreenlight has been lightly raced and clearly has his foibles. He made a winning debut in November 2017, beating Schippers, who has gone on to win feature races, by 1.20 lengths.
It was 74 days before he made his second appearance in a strong Progress Plate, won by Africa Rising who went on to capture the Grade 2 Merchants at Turffontein. Again, there was a long break to his dismal third run after which he was out of action for 11 months.
When he returned in May this year, Gimmethenight had been recently gelded and ran a moderate fifth behind Crown Guardian over 1200m at the Vaal. Last time he showed improvement to finish a two-length third behind the filly Running Brave who was well weighted to win that Assessment Plate.
This will be his third run after the rest and gelding and should be in prime condition to win an event like this. Marco van Rensburg takes the ride.
The Mike de Kock stable send out consistent filly Gimme Hope Johanna who has built up a consistent record of four wins and 14 places in 26 runs. Even when she takes on the colts, this daughter of Seventh Rock is rarely far off them.
Over this course and distance she has a record of one win and five places from six runs so it would come as a bit of a surprise if she does not make the frame, especially as she is well drawn at No 2.
One runner one must not leave out of the reckoning is Full Of Attitude from the Joe Soma stable. He had a competent run in June following a five-month break in which he finished three lengths off Lone Survivor, who he now meets on 3kg better terms, in a race over this course and distance. What is significant in that race is he was the second fastest finisher as he ended up too far back from No 10 draw.
His next start was a typical second-run-after-a-layoff effort in which he failed to perform but he will be in good nick come tomorrow and this time Chase Maujean will jump from No 3 draw.
Other to consider include Lone Survivor, drawn No 5, and Culture Trip.