Ken Nicol: It’s not straightforward on the Greyville poly come Wednesday, but Preferential can live up to her name by winning Race 4, a Maiden for females over 2000m.
Not that the daughter of Master Of My Fate appears to be anything out of the ordinary, and another sobering fact is that she tries poly for the first time.
But she stayed on solidly trying 1800m on the grass here last time, and meets such a moderate bunch of maidens that if she takes to the surface at all it really should be her day in the sun.
Crimea has placed in some of Cape Town weaker maidens, and can give cheek, as can once raced Silva Magic, who was a few lengths off our selection on debut, but looks sure to improve.
Liverpool Champ in Race 5 has just won his maiden, but can score a swift follow up in the MR76 over 2000m.
The Capetown Noir gelding has improved with every step up in trip, and was a facile winner last time for the tried and tested combination of Gavin van Zyl and Warren Kennedy.
The form has worked out well, and this progressive sort has a great chance of going in again, despite also being untested on the surface.
Our third solid winning bet is however a proven poly lover.
Despicable only made his debut when nearly four in August. And after finding solid betting support he led his hapless maiden rivals a merry dance over this 1200m, making all in impressive fashion.
Now that was a weak field, but the manner of the win suggested a lot more to come, and he wasn’t unduly punished by the handicapper.
From pole position with 57.5kg he can be expected to take some catching again in the MR79.