With just the 4 runners to look out for this weekend, we will be paying close attention to the Fairview Polytrack on Friday 13th March 2020, where Hollywood Thunder (pictured) appears to be by far our best winning chance. After 4 seconds in a row, she is expected to go one better this time. Thereafter, Look To The Sky should be competitive in a small field at Turffontein on Saturday 14th March. Finally, both Bhakka and Sunny Bill Du-Toy step out on the Hollywoodbets Greyville Polytrack on Sunday 15th March and they will both be expected to give a good account of themselves. See more here.
Friday 13th March 2020
Race 3 – 13:35
1200m – Maiden Plate (Fillies and Mares)
2 – Hollywood Thunder
Trainer: Gavin Smith
Jockey: Marco van Rensburg
Draw: 6 (9 Runners)
Predicted Betting: 7/10
She is probably our best winning chance as far as our weekend runners are concerned. After finishing in 2nd place in her last 4 outings, there was a lot to learn from her latest effort and it now seems as though she has more of an idea of what this is all about. From a mid-field draw, Marco van Rensburg takes the mount and he appears to have got the hang of her. She is showing a lot in her work at home and with that in mind, she has the credentials to be very tough to beat this time around.
Winning Form Comment: Runner-up in last four starts. Should get it right this afternoon.
Saturday 14th March 2020
Race 4 – 13:55
1100m – Gold Rush Sprint (Non-Black Type)
2 – Look To The Sky
Trainer: Clinton Binda
Jockey: Denis Schwarz
Draw: 2 (6 Runners)
Predicted Betting: 4/1
It was a disappointing effort last time out, whereby he was possibly outclassed at Group 3 level. He drops slightly in class for this outing and on his work at home, he should be very competitive. If there is a slight concern, it would be the extra 100m, but if settling well in the early parts he should have enough in the tank to give a very good account of himself.
Winning Form Comment: Moderate effort last time. Can feature if repeating penultimate.
Sunday 15th March 2020
Hollywoodbets Greyville Polytrack
Race 1 – 12:35
1900m – Durban View Restaurant Maiden Plate
5 – Bhakka
Trainer: Alyson Wright
Jockey: Ashton Arries
Draw: 5 (12 Runners)
Predicted Betting: 7/1
It was a disappointing effort last time out on a rain affected Hollywoodbets Greyville Polytrack and he was never in any sort of contention to feature in the finish. He now has his 4th outing, over a trip where he will be much better suited and we expect him to relish the extra ground. From a plum draw, he will be one of the major contenders here and he should have a useful each way chance.
Winning Form Comment: Didn’t enjoy the rain-affected going last time, chance on his prior form.
Race 5 – 14:55
2000m – Gold Circle Podcast MR 80 Handicap
4 – Sunny Bill Du-Toy
Trainer: Alyson Wright
Jockey: Yuzae Ramzan (-4.0kg)
Draw: 4 (11 Runners)
Predicted Betting: 14/1
He is yet to bounce back to his best, since returning from that tendon injury which kept him away from racing for 18 months and his latest effort was confirmation of exactly that. With that said, he finds a useful draw here and gets the 4kg claim off his back. With him now reaching peak fitness and this drop in class, he should make good improvement but he is yet to show any signs of finding the winners enclosure and thus gets an outside place chance.
Winning Form Comment: Raced wide last time and had excuses, drops in class and could improve.