Bonginkosi Nkosi: Since winning her barrier trial, Jackson Wells from the Mark Dixon outfit, has been backed to win in two consecutive outing and although she has failed to make favourite backers happy, you can’t deny the fact she simply does not know how to run a poor race.
This striking daughter of Jackson followed up her debut third with an even closer second over 1400m at Scottsville, beaten no more than a neck by Slievanorra.
The change of surface along with the extra 200m of Sunday’s contest – Race 4, a FM Maiden Plate over 1600m at Hollywoodbets Greyville Polytrack – make this filly a solid banker in all bets.
Interestingly, jockey Anton Marcus rode Jackson Wells last time out but has opted to ride the selection’s stable companion, Blanchetta.
You often hear people say Marcus can win on anything. This is unlikely to happen in this race simply because Blanchetta is returning from a 60-day layoff and has battled to feature in the places – beaten a disappointing seven lengths into fourth-place by Down To Earth over this course and distance recently.
The one positive about that form line is the fact it has produced two winners.
Marcus should be seen in the winner’s enclosure with Duncan Howells-trained Captive Gold following the running of Race 6, a FM Maiden Plate over 2000m.
This Soft Falling Rain three-year-old showed a tremendous liking for this distance when producing a late assault on Blushing Diamond to finish second – a career best – on the Turf track.
Captive Gold is the joint best-weighted runner alongside main danger Galway Girl. To the selections advantage, her rival is yet to be tested beyond 1750m so staying could be a concern.
If Moshav makes further improvement on his recent third, he will have no trouble winning Race 2, a MR 79 Handicap over 1000m.
He was returning from a three-month layoff last time out so was far from disgraced in defeat. He does pretty well at this venue and will benefit greatly from the fact his main danger Wolfgang is returning from a 98-day layoff.