Jack Milner: Crome Yellow has been in good form and can hold off the Justin Snaith challenge in Race 2 at Kenilworth.
All the form points to Crome Yellow as the horse to beat in Race 2 at Kenilworth on Saturday, in a MR 99 Handicap over 1700m on the Winter course.
Sabine Plattner’s five-year-old gelding has a good record at this course having raced 12 times for three wins and five placings. Trained by Andre Nel, this son of Trippi teamed up for the first time with jockey Greg Cheyne to score a two-length victory over American Landing with Gyre fifth, another 2.70 lengths back.
American Landing is 2kg better off which brings the two closer, but that race was over 2000m and the 300m drop is likely to favour Crome Yellow who led all the way to win that last race. Gyre is 2.5kg better off but that is unlikely to be enough to reverse the placings.
A run earlier, Crome Yellow was beaten into second place by Knights Templar in a MR 80 Handicap over 1800m but he is now 0.5kg better and that could be enough for him to reverse that result.
Justin Snaith’s charge was gelded in April has won both of his races since his return. However, he has been off for a further 66 days and is returning from a short rest. Stable jockey Richard Fourie takes the ride.
Snaith also sends out Platinum Prince who ran a very decent 0.20-length second behind Elusive Silva over 1400m last week. His merit rating has come down quite nicely which made him more competitive and on this occasion, he gets a further 1.5kg to which apprentice Andile Mbhele is entitled. The only concern is that he has not won a race since July 2017.
The remaining runner is Dharma, surprise 50-1 winner of the Grade 3 Winter Derby over 2400m. He finished a 1.45-length fourth behind Crome Yellow in April but is now 6.5kg worse off and will need to produce another almighty upset if he is to reverse the placings.
Any rain will suit Crome Yellow because he enjoys racing in the wet and with Cheyne back aboard, should be able to dictate the pace again in a six-horse field.
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