Jack Milner: David Nieuwenhuizen can pick up a double at Trffontein today.
David Nieuwenhuizen has some decent stock in his yard and he could clock up his first winner of the season when My Dream Chaser lines up in a FM 91 Handicap over 1600m at Turffontein on Saturday
They are racing on the Standside track and in her only run over the course and distance, this four-year-old daughter of Pomodoro finished third, 1.75 lengths behind Saints Alive. She then took a leap in class when Nieuwenhuizen ran her in the Grade 2 Gerald Rosenberg Handicap over 2000m on this course. Although she completed the race at the back of the field, she was beaten only eight lengths by Return Flight who went on to contest even stronger races during the KwaZulu-Natal season.
My Dream Chaser returns from a 112-day layoff but should be fit enough to beat this field. In fact, she is weighted to turn the tables on Saints Alive who she meets on 3.5kg better terms.
Ryan Munger takes the ride and he will be keen to end a frustrating run of seconds on this filly, having ridden her into the runner-up spot on all three occasions he has been on her back.
Sean Tarry sends out two runners and both have winning chances. Saints Alive does look held by My Dream Chaser but Jamra has some decent form and should be the main threat.
She us unbeaten in two starts over the distance and has a record of one win and two places from four runs at this course.
Raymond Danielson, who has been riding like a Trojan since the start of the season, is aboard Saints Alive but apprentice Dennis Schwarz, who has a win rate of 23.68% so far, has the ride on Jamra.
Once you look past these three it becomes very open, with all of Pretty Ballerina, Abelie, State Star and Elusive Butterfly having chances.
Nieuwenhuizen could also notch up another winner in Race 7 where he saddles Factor Fifty in this Pinnacle Stakes over 2400m. It will be a tough task for the lightly raced daughter of Marchfield but she has beaten the colts previously over this distance at the Vaal.
She is not well weighted with Top Shot who is 3.5kg better off for a 0.50-length defeat, but the son of AP Arrow is now eight years old and there cannot be too much improvement to come while Factor Fifty can only get better.
She did start to hanging badly when seemingly moving through with a winning run in her last start when a 0.95-length third behind Rabia The Rebel and that is a concern. However, that was over 2000m and she does appear to be at her best over this sort of distance.
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