Ken Nicol: Ice Imperial has proven expensive to follow, but really should recoup some losses for her backers by winning Race 3 over 1400m on the Hollywoodbets Greyville polytrack on Wednesday.
Dennis Drier’s Captain Of All filly has three seconds and a third in her last four, and was only beaten half a length on her only previous appearance on the surface.
She is well suited by the trip, perfectly drawn, and faces largely well exposed and moderate rivals. If she can’t come out on top this time, then it really is time to give up on her.
The main danger is likely to turn out to be unraced Celtic Cat. She showed good pace in her barrier trial, and is ridden by championship chasing Warren Kennedy. Any betting support should be respected.
It could be a good day for well tried maidens, as Do Or Dare in Race 2 makes similar appeal.
The gelding has his first run for Frank Robinson, having moved over from Dean Kannemeyer. He returns over 1200m after a short rest, but is another who seems to be in the right company, and has a proven liking for the poly. Bernard Fayd’Herbe should pick them all off if not too far out of his ground.
Chattertons Keeper looks most likely to give cheek. He made good late progress for fifth on his turf debut, and now gets the services of Anton Marcus trying the artificial surface.
Kannemeyer himself should have his winning turn in Race 5. Arrabiata loves the poly, and stayed on encouragingly for third in her first run out of the maidens.
She gives every indication to be looking for further, and if so will have a little too much heat for the FM67 field she faces over 2000m.