Bonginkosi Nkosi: Although Anton Marcus is currently riding like a man possessed, one can’t help but wonder if he ever feels any pressure from the public.
Because when it comes to racing on KwaZulu-Natal circuit, he is the one jockey a large majority of punters expect to deliver the goods on bankers.
One day after running second in theGauteng Chris Gerber Summer Cup on Soqrat – Superman – as he is affectionately known by his legion of fans is likely to be seen in the winner’s enclosure with two solid bankers at Hollywoodbets Greyville racecourse on Sunday.
His best ride on the eight-race card is easily the Johan Janse van Vuuren-trained Orchid Express in Race 8, a FM Maiden Plate over 1400m on the Turf track.
This daughter of Oratorio brings encouraging Highveld form to the race and considering history proves that horses who raid from Johannesburg tend to flourish in Durban, this filly will be extremely hard to peg back.
Although she was far from disgraced when following up her penultimate third with a fourth, those results over 1200m are not a true reflection of her ability.
She was unfortunately bumped in both efforts and suffered a speedy cut in her penultimate outing. The manner in which Orchid Express finished off her most recent race when running on from near last passing the 300m to finish 1.75 lengths behind Jenny Mcgee strongly suggests she will prove most lethal over this 1400m trip.
She jumps from a plum No 1 draw and only has one danger, the best-weighted Bint El Malak, who has recorded two thirds and a second from last three starts.
The jockey-trainer combination of Van Vuuren and Marcus should draw first blood with BiPot banker Crank It Up in Race 1, a Maiden Plate over 2000m.
This colt has finished third in three of four outings and he was beaten by a bad draw more than anything else when finishing 6.30 lengths behind Christopher Robin over 1600m last time out.
His case is further strengthened by the fact he is weighted to win and jumps from a No 5 draw in this 11-horse field.