Ken Nicol: Anton Marcus drew a rare blank on Sun Met day – but normal service should be resumed at Kenilworth on Saturday, as he rides the two most confident win bets on the card.
First up is Still Tappin for his Cape employers Ridgemont in Race 3 – a fillies’ maiden over 1600m.
This daughter of Tapit has placed in all four starts and showed good pace last time, only to be outrun late by what appears a decent sort in Voice Of Reason.
She will likely go to the front again despite a poor draw and a relatively moderate field is not expected to be pegged back this time.
Looks worth a decent wager.
The next race is a colts’ Maiden Plate over the same trip, where the former champion jockey will take even more beating. Here he partners Al’s My Daddy, trained by his nephew Adam Marcus.
This Captain Al colt has crept closer in each of his three outings and last time got within 0.75 lengths of the Sean Tarry-trained Namaqualand, who seems a little above average.
He jumps from the inside gate and defeated what look his main dangers Anecdote and Half And Half comfortably last time. This one looks impossible to oppose, and is the standout bet of the day.
As usual taking an Anton Marcus double won’t return retirement money but it looks well worth it on this occasion.
Another to catch the eye is Waldorf Astoria in Race 7. This Oz-bred filly has finished strongly in her last two runs and from a better draw surely must get it right this time in mere FM 74 Handicap company.
Lastly, Castellano in Race 6 could be a bit of a sneaker at good odds.
This Glen Kotzen-trained three-year-old filly has finished unplaced in her last six races, but hasn’t finished far off classy sorts like Driving Miss Daisy and Snapscan, while in her last two attempts she was outclassed at Grade 1 level.
Dropping to a FM 94 Handicap, this front runner could well lead them a merry dance from the inside stall gate with a handy 54.5kg. Worth an Eachway bet.