KEAGAN DE MELO
Bonginkosi Nkosi: Although the Johan Janse van Vuuren-trained Dickens has become a costly racehorse to follow – finishing second in last two starts – the only thing he did wrong was not sticking his nose down when it mattered most in latest race, beaten the whisker margin of 0.05 lengths over 1600m at Turffontein’s Inside track.
Jockey Keagan de Melo takes the ride.
History proves that Highveld-based thoroughbreds tend to flourish when raiding KwaZulu-Natal, so on paper, this gelding looks a solid BiPot banker in Sunday’s Race 2, a Maiden Plate over 2000m on the Greyville Polytrack.
His spectacular turn of foot has in a way become the biggest chink in his armour, simply because he tends sit too far back in running – needing to make up a hopeless amount of ground in the dying stages.
Unfortunately, this habit is one of the main reasons why he hasn’t left the maiden ranks after seven attempts. Other than that, Dickens has by far the best form in this contest.
He is also advantageously drawn at No 3 in this seven-horse field, so should have no issues outrunning main danger Just Dixit, who will have to jump from the worst draw of all.
This Frank Robinson-trained gelding produced a career best result when runner-up behind Leicester Square over this course and distance most recently.
If jockey Keagan de Melo can get this gelding to sparks further improvement on that effort, he will give the selection a torrid time at the finish line.
For Quartet purposes, float Dickens and Just Dixit with the field and put the winnings on What A Thrill in Race 8, a FM Maiden Plate over 1400m.
This filly has the right form credentials to win a race like this having finished second in her last three appearances.
Considering this four-year-old runs off a merit rating of 76 while the average of this contest is 62, she should have no trouble outclassing this field – which is made up of mostly inexperienced runners.
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