Brendan Gaillard: One cannot fault the recent buys trainer Zietsman Oosthuizen and his patrons made, with both At The Opera and Via Sacra winning last week at this course.
And although both of those can win again today it is At The Opera we will banker in all our exotic perms.
At The Opera always travelled best when winning over 1800m on his local debut and although jockey Calvin Habib will have to overcome the widest draw – 8 – that should not be problem.
The drop in distance to 1600m could also suit this Ato gelding.
Via Sacra picked up a two-point penalty when scoring and although she won a good race, has a tough task from her No 10 draw and it is probably better to be with Bright Flame in Race 7.
Trainer Cliffie Miller has his horses in very good form and this Sail From Seattle gelding always gives of his best and the 1200m is probably his best distance.
Jockey Craig Storey was aboard Bright Flame for his last two wins so clearly knows how to get the best out of him.
Eurovar probably found the 1400m a bit far last time out and did a lot better when a runner-up on his local debut so should run well in Race 2 but it is Royal Reward who looks the one to beat after putting in a career-best performance when only finding Fort Royal 0.50 lengths too good on his local debut. The Swinger with these two should pay.
Trainer Paul Matchett has been doing pretty well when raiding and his runners Crimson Castle in Race 8 and Carry Me Carrie in Race 9 are both coming off confidence-boosting wins at the course recently and are expected to go close to winning.
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