Ken Nicol: Wednesday’s meeting has been moved from Hollywoodbets Scottsville to the Greyville Polytrack due to heavy rain
And with the change of surface Dispicable in Race 7 now appeals as the top bet.
Tony Rivalland’s four-year-old gelding has only ever appeared on this surface, winning two of three in impressive style.
He was far too good for subsequent winner Mokoko a few weeks ago, and from the pole position draw is going to take a ton of beating once again. Sean Veale retains the ride.
Gavin Van Zyl looks set to provide the main opposition.
Opensea proved something of a revelation last time when dropped back to this course and distance, and adopting front running tactics. He could challenge.
Stable mate Horoscope Harry has won his last two in fine style, both over this trip, but has never raced on poly before.
Nevertheless the three-year-old looks well treated with a current Merit Rating mark of 85. Strong evidence backing that up is that there have already been four subsequent winners out of his last victory, which took place only a month and a half ago.
As per usual Anton Marcus is highly likely to find the winners box, with his best chance appearing Dark Moon Down in Race 4, a fillies Maiden over 1600m.
Paul Laffertys’ Ideal World three-year-old has placed in all four outings, and was just touched off last time before a three month break.
The switch of surface makes her a less confident selection than before, as she has only previously appeared on turf.
She is also drawn widest of the ten remaining runners, but while no star should still prove a little too strong for her remaining rivals here.
Main danger could in fact be unraced Celtic Cat. Gavin van Zyl’s daughter of Irish Flame showed plenty of speed in a trial over 1000m, but makes her debut over this middle distance with Warren Kennedy up. Watch the betting.