Jack Milner: The scratching of Talktothestars makes Race 2 at Turffontein a match race between Dalai’s Promise and Prince Of Kahal.
Dalai’s Promise did not appear to take to either the Polytrack or the turn at Greyville last time but she never got into the race or ever looked like challenging the leaders.
On Saturday she returns to racing on the turf and up the straight to contest a Pinnacle Stakes over 1000m on the Turffontein Standside track, and that should see her repeat the kind of form that saw her notch up three successive victories prior to the disappointing Greyville outing.
She will be taking on the colts but has the speed to rise to the occasion and this four-year-old filly will be ridden by Muzi Yeni, runner-up in the chase for last season’s jockey title. Since joining the Ashley Fortune stable from Cape Town in March this four-year-old daughter of Potala Palace has raced eight times for three wins and three places, all over 1000m.
She also has the advantage of being the best handicapped runner in this six-horse line-up and with just 54.5kg on her back, she could be hard to oppose.
The main threat is likely to come from Prince Of Kahal who has raced against some of the best sprinters in the country. In fact, his last two runs have been in Grade 1 races and although finishing unplaced in both, he was only two lengths back in the Computaform Sprint and 2.70 lengths off the winner in the Golden Horse Sprint at Scottsville. While he does have a win over this distance, he does appear to be at his best over 1200m.
He also has to give 5.5kg to Dalai’s Promise which will not be an easy task. Apprentice Dennis Schwarz takes the ride.
The scratching of Talktothestars and Queen Of War has reduced this field to just four runners and it would come as surprise if either Donny G or Mount Keith managed to win this event.
The new Daily Double bet kicked off with much success at Fairview on Friday and one can see a lot of support for this new bet which should result in a decent payout. The first leg of the Daily Double will always start in the race after the first leg of the Jackpot. At Turffontein on Saturday this will be in Race 6.
It is a R6 unit and the way to go is to box Wonderwall (No 2) and Puget Sound (No 1) with African Rock (No 2), Archilles (No 3) and Eurostorm (No 5). That will cost R36 and whatever comes, you are likely to make a decent profit.