Jack Milner: Youcanthurrylove is a lightly raced three-year-old colt who has already started to build a positive reputation.
This son of Gimmethegreenlight is the kind of horse everybody loves to love.
He is from a small stable and his trainer, Fabian Habib, has not had his trainer’s licence for a long time.
Habib was an assistant trainer to Dominic Zaki for a number of years and when Zaki handed in his licence, Habib then worked under Scott Kenny.
In March 2018 he set up his own yard and has had a fair amount of success. Youcanthurrylove has been one of his most effective runners and has a record of three wins and two close-up seconds in six starts.
He will take on his strongest opposition yet when he lines up in Race 6 at the Vaal on Thursday, a MR 104 Handicap over 1800m. In his favour is that he carries just 52kg although based on merit ratings, he is just 0.5kg under sufferance with the other runners.
He also has benefit of having former champion jockey S’manga Khumalo on his back and that is a massive asset if he gets into a tight finish as there are few better closers than Khumalo.
Bookmakers feel that he will be very hard to beat as he is currently trading at odds of 1-3 and it will come as no surprise if many punters leave the Vaal humming the old Phil Collins song.
The other interesting runner is Duke Of Spin from the Mike de Kock yard. He had his first run for the yard late in December and got the better of well-supported Captain Flynt in a tight finish over 1600m at Turffontein.
Based on his form in KwaZulu-Natal, Duke Of Spin, a four-year-old gelding by Duke Of Marmalade, will be even better over the extra 200m. He had the services of log-leading Warren Kennedy last time and De Kock has re-engaged him on this occasion.
The other runner to consider is Owlinthetree for the Geoff Woodruff stable. He came back to form last time with a hard-fought victory over Skiminac and now this four-year-old gelding appears to have regained his confidence, he could be a contender in a race at this level.
One horse who has been costly to follow but can finally get it right tomorrow is Captain Hindsight. After running unplaced behind talented Ikigai on debut, trainer Ashley Fortune fitted a set of blinkers to her charge and since then he has run three consecutive seconds over 1000m.
He meets a weak-looking field in Race 2 and this time the Toreador gelding should get it right.