MARCO VAN RENSBURG
Jack Milner: Punters like to get a good run for their money and Norland is one of those consistent runners who always grants that wish.
This Chris Erasmus-trained runner has only run unplaced once in his last 10 starts and while Race 7 at the Vaal, a MR 79 Handicap over 1600m, is not cut and dried, Norland should keep punters in Place Accumulators, Trifectas and Quartets.
This son of Noordhoek Flyer seems to get better with age and as a five-year-old, still has a lot of spunk. He won his penultimate race over 1400m and was only penalised 1kg by the handicapper and followed that up with a 0.60-length second behind Marshall Foch who had to battle hard to get the better of Norland.
One has to go back to Norland’s second start to find the last time Marco van Rensburg got on his back, but Erasmus has engaged him for this ride.
Sean Tarry has River Jordan in good form currently and this four-year-old gelding notched up his second successive victory with a 0.75-length victory over Christopher Robin. He has only raced eight times for those two wins and four places, but it was only since he was gelded that River Jordan has struck his best form.
Apprentice Luke Ferraris rode him in his first three starts and he takes the ride again.
Darkest Hour came back to form with a scintillating win on the Vaal Classic track where he beat Mambo Symphony by 2.75 lengths. There were some other decent runners behind him such as Waqaas and stable companion March To Glory who also runs in this event. It is difficult to assess that performance as it was a rather messy race in which jockey Chase Maujean managed to keep his mount away from all the drama.
Others to consider are Hidden Agenda, who does look held by Norland on their run behind Marshall Foch and Written In Stone who won a good race last time with Nooresh Juglall up. He takes the ride again.