Jack Milner: My Dream Chaser returned from a short break on 24 August and based on form, looked the best of the runners that day. She had been racing against stronger and looked to have far better form than any of her opponents.
However, she drifted sharply in the betting and ran accordingly, sitting last of the nine runners some 12 lengths off the leader after losing ground at the start.
At approximately the 400m, My Dream Chaser found herself awkwardly placed between eventual race winner Only To Win, who was carried in marginally by Abelie, and the inside running rail. Thereafter, at the 300m mark, My Dream Chaser had to switch out to obtain a clear run.
Despite all that, this four-year-old daughter of Pomodoro still managed to finish fourth, beaten just 1.75 lengths.
She gets another chance on Thursday when she lines up in Race 7, a FM 92 Handicap over 1800m on the Turffontein Inside track. She will be a lot fitter after her comeback run and, interestingly, both of her wins were at this course.
David Nieuwenhuizen’s charge is drawn well enough at No 5, has good form over the distance and will have jockey Ryan Munger in the irons again.
Eightfolds Lass is a very real threat to My Dream Chaser. This Joe Soma-trained filly has taken a while to come to hand but she has found her groove in no uncertain terms, having won her last two races with ease.
She has only raced eight times for three wins and four places. This is her first attempt at 1800m but the manner in which she has won her last two starts over 1600m gives one the impression that the additional 200m will not be a problem.
Eightfolds Lass carries 55kg and is beautifully drawn at No 3. Chase Maujean takes the ride.
The class horse in the race is Chariot Of Gold and she could very easily topple the opposition, despite having to concede weight all round. She carries 60kg but it is a weight she has earned. She is trained by Sean Tarry and will be ridden by in-form jockey Raymond Danielson.
The only worry is whether Chariot Of Gold is at her best on the Inside track. She is a strong galloper and has a much better record on the Standside track and at the Vaal.
Marshall, another successful son of rampant sire Vercingetorix, will be lining up in Race 4, a MR 72 Handicap, and Mike de Kock’s charge should love the upgrade to 1600m. He made his debut over 1160m on the Standside track and duly obliged, although some people expressed the view that he was not that impressive. He beat Viper Jet by 0.50 lengths but the result was never in doubt.
Interestingly, Viper Jet will be having his second outing in Race 2 at this meeting over 1450m and a notable run from him will set the tone for Marshall.