Royal Kitty ready to pounce

Royal Kitty ready to pounce


Ken Nicol: After a facile maiden win last time, Royal Kitty has a great chance of a swift follow up in Race 5 on the Greyville Polytrack come Wednesday.

This Alyson Wright-trained filly has been at her best over this 1600m as, after finishing a clear second to classy Dancing Feather, she strolled clear last time to score by 4.5-lengths.

Now that was a particularly weak maiden field, but her merit rating remained unchanged at a relatively modest 79, meaning she carries a manageable 58kg here.

Add in a plum draw, and a rejuvenated Anton Marcus in the saddle, and you have a potent winning formula in this modest FM 67 Handicap. She should be too good.

Another who will prove tough to deny is Duran in Race 1.

This four-year-old gelding is limited, but has made steady improvement, and runs in an extremely weak Qualified Maiden Plate.

Trainer Gary Rich and jockey Billy Jacobson have teamed up for two winners in the past week and the duo looks well set to complete their hat-trick.

A good value bet is Makhet in Race 3.

This FM 73 Handicap over 1400m looks wide open, but Tony Rivalland’s charge has been finishing close to the action and now crucially has finally pulled a favourable draw.

She should be in the thick of things, but faces challenges from Spiffy, Gwendolyn, Spring Breeze and San’s Dancer among others.

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