Viva Rio Progressing nicely

Viva Rio Progressing nicely


Ken Nicol
Recent Grade 1 Cape Guineas runner-up Viva Rio returns in a mere Progress Plate over 1600m at Kenilworth on Tuesday and should have no problems racking up a fourth career win over this trip.

This Glen Kotzen-trained gelding never quite looked like getting to Kilindini on that occasion but plugged away gamely to secure second.

He is clearly out of the top drawer and even giving away weight all round should carry too much firepower for the sparse four rivals who have stood their ground.

This son of Oratorio is likely to go off a short-priced favourite and it would be a shock were he not to win this.

Worth a decent bet and can be bankered in all exotics.

A good value bet looks to be Window To Africa in Race 6 over 1000m.

This Andre Nel-trained Trippi filly looked to be coming back to something like her best when third to subsequent easy repeat winner Sunshine Mint in Port Elizabeth a month ago.

She boasts some excellent course and distance form and has a decent chance of scoring a second career win in what looks a competitive heat.

It could be a good day for the Nel outfit, as their Lady Lu in Race 8 could well close off the day.

The Gimmethegreenlight filly has finished off well to place in both post maiden outings and now tries 1800m. She looks the one to beat in a competitive FM 70 Handicap. 

A first-timer who is going to attract a lot of attention is Brett Crawford’s Our Prized Jewel in Race 2.

This Duke Of Marmalade filly is half-sister to Grade 1 winning fillies Cloth Of Cloud and Silver Mountain and meets a far from gifted bunch of maidens over 1200m.

Significantly, owners Ridgemont’s retained jockey Anton Marcus travels to Cape Town for just the one ride, which is a sign of intent if ever there was one.

If anywhere near the class of her siblings, she can be expected to do the business without any fuss.



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