Bonginkosi Nkosi: If at first you don’t succeed, try and try again.
This perfectly sums up Weiho Marwing-trained Orchid Street’s career.
He has arguably been the most expensive horse to follow in 2019 – recording five seconds and four thirds from 10 attempts this year.
The issue with horses like this tends to be the fact when you finally decide to rule them out, they find winning form and make you look like a fool.
A change of scenery – raiding KwaZulu-Natal from Johannesburg – may do this ultra-consistent five-year-old gelding the world of good.
He ran a cracker over 1200m at Turffontein’s Inside track last time out, gutsily fighting Bold Ransom all the way to the finish line and narrowly losing by a nose. One more stride and he would’ve got there!
He looks well placed to win Race 1, a Maiden Plate over 1200m on the Greyville Turf track on Sunday afternoon.
Orchid Street tops the best-weighted column and has the best form in this field. If he sparks further improvement on that last run, he will take a power of beating.
The only chink in his armour is the fact he jumps from stall gate 13 in this 14-horse field. Fortunately, he gets a seasoned jockey aboard in Muzi Yeni, who is a master at judging pace and is known for getting horses to win, despite being faced with this sort of disadvantages.
Johan Janse van Vuuren-trained Duke Of York, runner-up in two of three looks the logical danger. He was heavily backed to 5-4 favourite recently and although looked the winner passing the 200m, he could only manage second at the end, beaten 1.10 lengths by We Light The Fire at Scottsville.
For a Pick 6 banker, look no further than Brett Crawford-trained Ultra Magnus in Race 7, a Pinnacle Stakes over 1200m.
This four-year-old son of Oratorio has won four of his last six starts and if he brings that mentality to the course he will be very hard to outrun.
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