Draw concerns for favourites

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Draw concerns for favourites

PIERE STRYDOM

Jack Milner: On paper there appear to be some excellent bets on Sunday’s card at Turffontein. The problem is that many of them are poorly drawn.

Racing is on the Inside track and eight of the races are over 1200m, 1450m and 1600m, where low number barrier positions are paramount.

Miss Elegance in Race 1 over 1450m, following her two-length fifth behind Springs Of Carmel in the Grade 2 SA Fillies Nursery over 1160m, has been priced up at 9-10. Considering fourth-placed Sweet Sensation won by 5.25 lengths at the Vaal on Thursday, this Lucky Houdalakis-trained runner looks hard to beat but Piere Strydom will need to overcome No 11 draw.

It’s not impossible, she should be good enough, but it will make his task a lot harder.

Strydom has the same problem in Race 6 where he rides Riverstown for Paul Peter in a Graduation Plate over 1450m.

Riverstown is the second-best handicapped runner and the horse is in good form. Sadly, he has to jump from barrier No 13, and again, Strydom will need all his wiles, and a little luck, to deal with that impediment.

Best handicapped is Kayla’s Champ who already has a 2kg edge over Riverstown but is then further assisted by the 4kg claimed by apprentice Philasande Mxoli. This filly will carry just 49kg and is nicely drawn at No 5.

The major concern about Paul Matchett’s runner is that she has only raced against her own sex, and in most cases, her own age group. Her recent form has not been spectacular although she did have a decent enough comeback from the lockdown when a 2.65-length fifth behind Now You See Me in a FM 92 Handicap over 1600m on the Vaal Classic track, drawn No 12 out of 12, with Mxoli up.  

Another runner with a touch of class is the Sean Tarry-trained Putontheredlight, but he has not raced since February.

 

Jack Milner’s selections

Race 1: 2 Miss Elegance, 1 Golden Years, 4 Badrah, 7 Mynage

Race 2: 11 Nourbese, 7 Euro Cent, 4 Desert Boy, 12 What A What

Race 3: 6 She’s A Cracker, 1 Rose Dancer, 14 Sweet And Spicy, 2 Nazareth

Race 4: 1 Cairon, 3 Barak, 2 G I Joe, 4 Eppagilia

Race 5: 3 Pax Romana, 4 Bassam, 1 Prince Evlanoff, 7 Norland

Race 6: 1 Riverstown, 7 Putontheredlight, 12 Kayla’s Champ, 3 Secret Dream

Race 7: 5 Strada Statale, 3 Malteza, 2 Kapama, 6 Peaceontherocks

Race 8: 4 Sekhmet, 1 Encryption, 2 Soul Of Wit, 9 Mamaquera

Race 9: 9 Varimax, 10 Shortstop, 11 Strikeitlikeamatch, 2 Way Of The World

 

BEST BET

Race 1 No 2 Miss Elegance

VALUE BET

Race 9 No 9 Varimax

 

BEST SWINGER

Race 2 7×11

 

BIPOT

R432

Leg 1: 7, 11

Leg 2: 1, 6, 14

Leg 3: 1, 3

Leg 4: 1, 3, 4

Leg 5: 1, 7, 12

Leg 6: 2, 3, 5, 6

 

PLACE ACCUMULATOR

R162

Leg 1: 1, 6, 14

Leg 2: 1

Leg 3: 1, 3, 4

Leg 4: 1

Leg 5: 2, 3, 5

Leg 6: 1, 4

Leg 7: 9, 10, 11

 

PICK 6

R2160

Leg 1: 1, 2, 3

Leg 2: 1, 3, 4, 7

Leg 3: 1, 7, 12

Leg 4: 2, 3, 5, 6

Leg 5: 1, 2, 4

Leg 6: 2, 3, 9, 10, 11

 

JACKPOT 1

R324

Leg 1: 1, 3, 4, 7, 8, 10

Leg 2: 1, 7, 12

Leg 3: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 14

Leg 4: 1, 2, 4

 

JACKPOT 2

R270

Leg 1: 1, 7, 12

Leg 2: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 14

Leg 3: 1, 2, 4

Leg 4: 2, 3, 9, 10, 11

 

 

 

 

 

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