Royal Kitty the punters princess

Royal Kitty the punters princess


Ken Nicol: Punters will need to keep their powder dry at Greyville come Wednesday, as the best two betting opportunities on the polytrack present themselves in the final two heats.

And the standout is Royal Kitty in Race 7, a Maiden for fillies over 1600m.

Alyson Wright’s daughter of Duke Of Marmalade is no star, but has placed on the poly in her last two, and was a clear second to classy Dancing Feather last time when trying the distance.

And she meets a group of rivals who appear particularly limited on the ability front.

Barring big improvement from one of the unexposed types this should be her day in the sun.

She makes plenty of appeal as a banker on a day with a number of tricky handicaps.

Then in Race 8 it’s Uncle Frank who should take the accolades in a MR68 over the same trip.  Gavin van Zyl’s gelding won his maiden well over this course and distance, and then seemed to find 2000m too far next time out.

Then returning to this trip he was continually baulked in the straight but still managed fourth in a field far stronger than this MR68 line up.

The only negative is a wideish draw, but he has early toe. Championship seeking Warren Kennedy is riding at the top of his game and should be able to find a handy position.

He should be too classy for this lot.

A decent value bet in a wide open affair is Fleek in Race 4, a FM67 over 1200m.  Louis Goosen’s mare is consistent on the poly, and with useful apprentice Jason Gates up and the pole position draw she should have a big say in the finish.

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