Feather to make light work of rivals at Scottsville

Feather to make light work of rivals at Scottsville


Ken Nicol: Dancing Feather won her maiden in the style of one who will go through the divisions and should record a swift follow up on Wednesday in Race 7 at Scottsville.

Clearly highly regarded by Gavin van Zyl, this Duke Of Marmalade filly was third in a Listed race on her turf debut, before winning as she liked on the Polytrack, despite the worst draw.

She now returns to the grass over 1750m and carrying a reasonable 57.5kg should pack way too much firepower for this FM 74 Handicap field with Warren Kennedy up.

This half-sister to useful Dagmar is worth a decent bet and can be bankered in all exotics.

Another Duke Of Marmalade three-year-old to make strong appeal is Duke Of York in Race 2.

This Johan Janse van Vuuren-trained gelding showed good toe over this 1000m on debut and might have got closer to easy winner Prince Of Venice had he not been hanging in late on.

Runner-up Winter Chill has since won impressively, and with only natural improvement Duke Of York has a great chance of ending up in the winner’s enclosure.

In terms of the opposition, We Light The Fire had good form before a rest, while well-bred newcomer August Red trialed well, but will probably want further.

A solid value bet is Isca in Race 5, where Van Zyl and Kennedy team up again.

This grey Var gelding has only once missed a place over the Scottsville 1000m, and will appreciate being back here after a couple of slightly flat Polytrack efforts.

While theoretically out at the weights in this Pinnacle Stakes, the race itself can be expected to prove otherwise.

A suggested All-To-Come bet for the day would be Duke Of York (Win) by Isca (Place) by Dancing Feather (Win).

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