Jack Milner: The filly can give the colts a run for their money in the Grade 2 Durban Golden Horseshoe.
Sean Tarry has had great success in allowing fillies to take on the colts in two-year-old features. There are a number of reasons but in most cases, the 2.5kg sex allowance often works in your favour, especially at this age.
Sometimes, especially at a course like Greyville, a filly could have drawn wide in a race for her own sex but is well drawn in the open race.
Whatever the reason, Ecstatic Green has a lot going for her in the Durban Golden Horseshoe over 1400m at Hollywoodbets Greyville on Saturday.
While two-year-olds can make rapid improvement from run to run, but based on the unofficial merit ratings, this race looks a match between Ecstatic Green and Justin Snaith-trained Erik The Red. The latter has been given a rating of 109 with Ecstatic Green rated 103. Add on the 2.5kg weight difference and the filly is rated just one point lower than the colt. That puts them well ahead of Nourbese on 99.
Ecstatic Green was clearly highly regarded by Tarry as he put her first in a Juvenile Plate and then the Listed Ruffian Stakes. She placed in both races behind Springs Of Carmel but when Tarry reverted to a Maiden Plate she bolted home by 8.50 lengths.
Her last race was in the Grade 1 Allan Robertson Championship over 1200m at Scottsville in which she was narrowly beaten by Vernichey who is highly regarded by her connections.
She will be ridden by Lyle Hewitson who seems quite optimistic about her chances. “I think Ecstatic Green will run a cheeky race against the boys (in the Grade 2 Durban Golden Horseshoe). It is tougher and she’s going 1400m for the first time, so there a few question marks there, but I think she’s improved from her run and I expect her to hit the board,” he told Gold Circle.
She is a daughter of Gimmethegreenlight so the extra 200m should not be a problem and she is well drawn at gate No 3.
Erik The Red is drawn right alongside her at No 4 and his Cape Town form is top class. He did blot his copybook somewhat last time when finishing a 5.10-length fourth in the Grade 1 Gold Medallion at Scottsville. He was never in the race but he would not be the first horse who failed to shape up in his first race at Scottsville.
The distance should not be trouble him but Richard Fourie might find the filly a touch too good.
|Unofficial ratings for Race 6, Grade 2 Durban Golden Horseshoe|
|ERIK THE RED||109|
|ZIVA LA WINTER||75|