Bonginkosi Nkosi: White Lightning has the form to win Race 7 at Scottsville on Sunday.
Form is temporary and class is permanent.
This is the first thing that comes to mind when one sees the Paul Lafferty-trained White Lightning on a racecard, because although he is just a one-time winner, his conditioner has always spoken highly of him.
This striking grey colt seldom finishes far from the action and has run a place in eight of 16 starts.
Interestingly, six of those eight places were close-up seconds.
This four-year-old sparked tremendous improvement in his most recent performance when – from near last passing the 300m marker – he produced a devastating turn of foot to finish second behind Paths Of Victory over 2400m, beaten no more than 0.50 lengths.
On that performance alone, White Lightning looks Pick 6 banker material in Sunday’s Race 7, the KZN Summer Challenge 2000 Final (Non-Black Type) over 1950m at Hollywoodbets Scottsville racecourse.
White Lightning should relish the drop in trip and seems to be returning to his very best.
His chances of winning are further increased by the fact his two efforts under Anton “Superman” Marcus boast a runaway victory and a second.
He is also no stranger to racing in Pietermaritzburg having been runner-up in his only effort over this course and distance.
He finished 2.10 lengths ahead of Jack Of Hearts, who renews rivalry, despite shouldering 4kg more in their most recent encounter.
Considering the pair will carry level weights of 57.5kg, the selection should have absolutely no trouble confirming superiority over Jack Of Hearts.
Whenever the jockey-trainer combination of Marcus and Ashley Fortunate team up – which is rare – they are usually seen in the winner’s enclosure.
In fact, they concluded last season with a 100% win-strike rate and will attempt to repeat that feat when 7-10 hotpot favourite Accomplished, runs in Race 1, a Juvenile Plate over 800m.
This Potala Palace colt ran an absolute cracker at the first time of asking when beaten 2.75 lengths into second by Garden Party over 800m at Turffontein.
He is the only runner who has competed competitively in this seven-horse field so should be extremely hard to peg back.