Ready to Reach For The Line

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Ready to Reach For The Line

GAVIN SMITH

Jack Milner: The contrasting tale of two horses who looked headed for the top.

How fortunes can change over time.

After Reach For The Line’s debut performance, trainers Mike and Adam Azzie believed they had a decent horse on their hands. And why not? He finished a one-length second behind Hawwaam.

His next start was in the Grade 2 Dingaans. He found a lot of betting support but finished downfield behind Hawwaam. This son of Potala Palace easily won a maiden third time out but in his next outing, the Grade 3 Tony Ruffel, Reach For The Line again finished unplaced – behind Hawwaam.

Consider this. At their first appearances they were separated by just one length – 20 months on they will soon be separated by oceans.

While Hawwaam goes into quarantine to travel overseas as a 10-time winner from 13 starts, Reach For The Line has been gelded, is running in Port Elizabeth off a merit rating of 69 and remains a one-time winner.

But all is not lost. It is said that while horses might lose their form, they never lose their ability, so if trainer Gavin Smith is able to reignite the fire within, Reach For The Line could get back on a winning path.

It did not start well for him in Port Elizabeth. After his second run the gelding bled and was suspended for 60 days. But things are looking up because in his last start on 15 June, following a four-month break, Reach For The Line finished a promising 1.60-length fourth behind Torio Lake over 1400m on the Polytrack.

With that run under his belt he looks ideally placed to notch up his second win when he lines up in a MR 72 Handicap today over the same course and distance. Stallone Naidoo takes the ride again, and they are well drawn at No 2.

The main danger could come from Ocean Master, who finished 1.35 lengths in front of him but is now 1kg worse off.

*Please note the betting shops and TABs that are now open from 11am to 5pm every day are: Benoni, Carletonville, Chris Hani, Olifantsfontein, Randfontein, Roodepoort, Temba, The Village, Bedfordview, Westonaria, Kuruman, Turffontein, Rustenburg Nelson Mandela, Rustenburg Taxi Rank.

 

Jack Milner’s selections

Race 1: 4 Danilo, 3 Calgary, 11 Private Initiative, 10 Moon Game

Race 2: 8 Nippy Sweetie, 13 Feel The Thunder, 4 Mark The Doorman, 5 St Patrick’s Flame

Race 3: 7 Forries On Friday, 1 Arion Express, 3 Royal Splurge, 8 Miss Timps

Race 4: 13 Neverletugo, 10 Ladysmith, 1 Big Myth, 3 Fairy Godmother

Race 5: 6 Okavango Delta, 10 Ninjinsky’s Son, 7 Barberton Silver, 4 Aranjuez

Race 6: 6 Philos, 8 Duke Of Cards, 5 Master Newton, 2 Glory Days

Race 7: 7 Reach For The Line, 11 Ocean Master, 4 Lion King, 1 Marmara Sea

Race 8: 2 Microbe, 3 Torre Del Oro, 8 Chainsaw, 14 Scolding

 

BEST BET

Race 3 No 7 Forries On Friday

 

VALUE BET

Race 7 No 7 Reach For The Line

 

BEST SWINGER

Race 1 3×4

 

BIPOT

R240

Leg 1: 3, 4

Leg 2: 8, 13

Leg 3: 7

Leg 4: 1, 3, 10, 13

Leg 5: 4, 6, 7, 10, 13

Leg 6: 5, 6, 8

 

PLACE ACCUMULATOR

R216

Leg 1: 8

Leg 2: 7

Leg 3: 1, 10, 13

Leg 4: 6, 7, 10

Leg 5: 6, 8

Leg 6: 1, 4, 7, 11

Leg 7: 2, 3, 8

 

PICK 6

R2000

Leg 1: 7

Leg 2: 1, 3, 4, 10, 13

Leg 3: 4, 6, 7, 10, 13

Leg 4: 2, 5, 6, 8

Leg 5: 1, 4, 7, 11

Leg 6: 2, 3, 4, 8, 14

 

JACKPOT 1

R400

Leg 1: 1, 3, 4, 10, 13

Leg 2: 4, 6, 7, 10, 13

Leg 3: 2, 5, 6, 8

Leg 4: 1, 4, 7, 11

 

JACKPOT 2

R400

Leg 1: 4, 6, 7, 10, 13

Leg 2: 2, 5, 6, 8

Leg 3: 1, 4, 7, 11

Leg 4: 2, 3, 4, 8, 14

 

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