Ken Nicol: Followers of the Computaform and Racing Express top bets could have landed a nice double at Kenilworth on Saturday.
First up were Computaform, whose ‘hottie’ Sing Out Loud won Race 1 exactly as a 1-3 shot should.
Brett Crawford’s Dynasty filly had been a good second on debut despite racing green, and strode clear from the 300000 mark to put a facile 7.5 lengths between herself and her hapless rivals in the Maiden 1200m.
“She’s a late maturer and we will have some fun with her” commented Crawford.
“A little bit hot but a nice filly” said Anton Marcus, who came to the Cape primarily to ride this one for Ridgemont.
Racing Express followed suit in Race 6 with Silver Host, but this one had to work for victory in an above average MR76 over 1800m.
The son of Silvano looked very well weighted with a handy 56kg, and punters agreed as a flood of money saw him slashed from 22-10 into even money come race time.
He moved up to confidently tackle pacemaker Black Belt xxx out but was swiftly joined by fellow improver Only One Like You, who had won very impressively in his first start after gelding.
It was a ding dong battle over the final strides, but Richard Fourie coaxed a little extra put of the favourite and he scored by a neck.
Both of these will pay to follow.
“I was very bullish. He’s a very progressive horse. Earmark this one for the future” said Justin Snaith.
His powerful yard went on to complete a four timer on the day, although Tango With Tigers (25-1), First Street (12-1), and Nexus (13-2) were less universally acclaimed by the betting public.
Robert Khathi was given a nice 35th birthday present as he partnered the first and third of those. Tango With Tigers isn’t the easiest customer though, as he played up both pre and post race, and had his his starting stall certificate taken away.
“I always thought Nexus was my best ride today” said Khathi after the last race.