SMALL but competitive fields are the order of the day at Clairwood on Sunday when an Open Handicap over 2500m in which cases can be made for at least eight of the 10 runners spearheads the card.
LONDON – Rebel Melody is an out-and-out galloper who should be backed to follow up on a recent Wincanton success in Sunday’s Tony Wareham Birthday Celebration Handicap Chase back at the Somerset venue.
HONG KONG – Collection, winner of the 2008 Hampton Court Stakes at Royal Ascot, swooped late under Darren Beadman to land the richest victory of his career early on Sunday.
THE RACE MEETING SCHEDULED FOR TURFFONTEIN ON SATURDAY 21 MARCH WAS ABANDONED DUE TO UNSAFE UNDERFOOT CONDITIONS.
AINTREE – Last year’s John Smith’s Grand National winner Comply Or Die was one of many leading contenders whose odds shortened on Saturday for this season’s contest, to be run on Saturday 4 April, with Victor Chandler responsible for most of the price cuts.
Trainer Paul Matchett.
BEAT Patrol did all but win his last start over 1000m on the Vaal sand and after bursting clear with 400m to run was caught in the final stride by KwaZulu-Natal visitor Execute. The handicapper was clearly impressed with that run and although he failed to earn the winner’s cheque, he got the lion’s share of the penalty.
Mia Joshua, Greyville.
BASED on her merit rating, Mia Joshua looks a worthy 8-10 favourite for Race 6 at Greyville Wednesday, a Graduation Plate for fillies and mares over 1300m. Glen Kotzen’s Joshua Dancer four-year-old is only a two-time winner and has a merit rating of 93, which puts her at least 7.5kg better off with any other runner in the field.
Lord London, Clairwood.
HAVING impressed pundits when winning his first two starts with a minimum of fuss, Lord London looks set to make it three from three at Clairwood on Sunday. He runs in Race 5, a Graduation Plate over 1450m, and although drawn with only one on his outside, he should have no trouble overcoming that hurdle.
LAST Tuesday at Turffontein, trainer Lance Wiid and I had a chat about “second run after a layoff syndrome’’. We were both on the same wavelength, agreeing that it was not a myth, but a genuine concern.
Jockey Andrew Fortune
LAWFUL Leader can make amends for a dreadful performance last time out when he lines up in Race 6, a 2200m Pinnacle Stakes, at Flamingo Park Monday. That 1800m race was Lawful Leader’s first outing after a layoff and he put in one of his worst performances to date in finishing 12.50 lengths behind stable companion Cape Chestnut.