Bonginkosi Nkosi: Although seven-time scorer Silver Rose, from the Andre Nel stable has not won a race in 336 days, he seldom finishes far from the action.
He has filled minor money placings six times in his last seven outings, including when runner-up behind highly rated Blackball recently.
Because Silver Rose was returning from a layoff of more than three months and drawn worst if all on that occasion, that was a run full of merit.
Blackball has been dominating the KwaZulu-Natal racing circuit of late, so the fact Silver Rose got as close as 1.70 lengths of him passing the finish line, is testament to his ability.
Now that this seven-year-old gelding will not have to worry about Blackball raining on his parade, he looks banker material in all bets when lining up in Race 4, a Pinnacle Stakes over 2400m on the Hollywoodbets Greyville turf track on Sunday.
Silver Rose’s form over this distance is encouraging because he has competed five times over it for a victory, a second and two thirds.
No one can argue the fact draws are of paramount at this venue. The No 1 draw only makes Silver Rose even harder to beat.
Although not weighted to win, it bodes well that the runner who does – Dark Moon Rising – has been struggling to regain winning form.
This Paul Lafferty-trained gelding has finished near last in his last six outings and the selection finished 2.45 lengths ahead of him in their most recent encounter.
Western Cape raider Capoeira looks good value for money when teamed up with jockey Anton Marcus in Race 6, the Listed Kings Cup over 1600m. He is no stranger to racing at this venue and brings great form to the race.
Capoeira recently finished second behind Crown Towers – who renews rivalry – in the Listed Selangor Jet Master Stakes, beaten the whisker margin of 0.10 lengths.
Although forced to give Crown Towers 1.5kg in this event, that rival is badly drawn at No 9 so is unlikely to confirm superiority.
The closest thing to a BiPot banker seems to be the Johan Janse van Vuuren-trained Dancinginthewind in Race 2, a FM Maiden Plate over 1400m. She looks the progressive type and has finished third in her last two efforts.
The main reason Dancinginthewind lost last time out was because she lost two lengths out the gates. She had too much to do and simply couldn’t make the ground up turning for home. The drop in trip strengthens her chances of winning.
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