Ken Nicol: Marmara Sea cruised in on his opening Port Elizabeth and Polytrack appearance and is a strong selection to follow up on Wednesday.
This son of Mike de Kock-trained champions Soft Falling Rain and Alboran Sea proved expensive to follow in Gauteng but was mainly kept to middle distances.
His dam won both her Grade 1s over 1000m though and after relocating to PE he was tried over that trip for the first time.
And while the opposition was decidedly moderate, he won in such a manner that you would assume there is a lot more to come.
He isn’t pitched in too high in a MR 68 Handicap over 1200m. With a good draw and Greg Cheyne up again, it should be relatively plain sailing in Race 5 for this regally bred three-year-old.
And there could be a swift follow up for Alan Greeff and Greg Cheyne, as the prolific duo look good to win Race 6 over 1300m with another recent arrival who has been rejuvenated on the Polytrack.
Captain’s Princess was Grade 2-placed as a juvenile and put a flat spell behind her when she ran on stoutly for second over slightly shorter at this course a few weeks ago.
She meets a pretty average field by FM 91 Handicap standards and should score an overdue third win.
There are a couple of attractive looking Eachway value bets.
Latest Craze in Race 4 stayed on well on his only Polytrack appearance and looks well weighted in a Graduation Plate where most of the higher-rated runners are out of form. He should be involved the finish and could give trainer Stephen Lerena a first winner since moving to the coast.
In Race 8 Bridesmaid Blues was a most impressive recent Maiden winner. The form has worked out, she goes well on the surface and from the inside gate has a decent shout of recording a swift follow up.
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