Jack Milner: Mike de Kock has brought out some top two-year-olds this season and his coupling in the Grade 2 World Sports Betting SA Nursery could fight out the finish of this race over 1160m at Turffontein on Saturday.
Mount Pleasant and Najem Suhail both won on debut and go into the into the World Sports Betting SA Nursery as the respective favourite and second favourite.
“They’re both above-average horses but they are also very close on ability.
“I think Mount Pleasant is looking for further whereas Najem Suhail is an out-and-out sprinter.”
While he feels it will be very close, De Kock did add that Murray had selected to ride Mount Pleasant.
While De Kock has engaged Lyle Hewitson to ride Najem Suhail, Murray may feel that over 1160m, Mount Pleasant is the pick of the pair so we will go with his judgement.
The problem with juvenile races is that many of them cam improve vastly on a previous run.
Lion Cruise was beaten 1.25 lengths by Najem Suhail and as that was his debut run, he could improve markedly.
Paul Peter also likes the chances of the filly Greens. “Piere (Strydom) rode her last time and he felt something so he did not persevere with her. The vet couldn’t find a problem and now back on the grass, her work has been good. She’s very capable.”
Sean Tarry saddles Florida Keys, who is also a one-time winner. The son of Soft Falling Rain could be anything and is another who must come into the reckoning. Gavin Lerena rides.