Upcoming Weekend Runners – Greyville Poly – Friday 1st March 2019 & Greyville Turf – Sunday 3rd March 2019

We have quite a few runners in Durban this weekend, with some exciting juveniles aiming for early career glory. On the Poly on Friday night, Chief Officer provides some fair each way value in his second start, as does Purple Persuasion on the turf on Sunday. See more about all our weekend runners’ chances here.

Friday 1st March 2019
Greyville Poly Track

Race 1 – 17:15
1000m – Juvenile Plate

2 – Chief Officer
Trainer: Alyson Wright
Jockey: Ashton Arries
Wgt: 57.0kg
Draw: 1(7)
Predicted Betting: 5/1

Showed plenty of speed on debut 3 weeks ago, over the 1100m. The jockey reported that he settled well in the early parts and as he came off the bit, he was very green. That run would’ve brought him on a lot and he certainly will benefit from that experience. This time around he looks to be the main danger to the top two in the betting, namely Bound By Duty and Ring Of Fire and we expect him to make a very good account of himself over this slightly shorter trip of 1000m. He should finish in the first 3.

Winning Form Comment: Showed good pace on fair debut, best drawn, can improve.

Race 2 – 17:50
1400m – Maiden Plate

8 – Painted Black
Trainer: Alyson Wright
Jockey: Athandiwe Mgudlwa
Wgt: 60.0kg
Draw: 8(9)
Predicted Betting: 14/1

He was all at sea in his barrier trial a few weeks ago, after putting up some very encouraging work at home. He is the only unraced runner in this race and that is significant, as he will certainly still need the experience of this run. That said, he will surely benefit from this outing and will get better over more ground, later on. For now, he isn’t a betting proposition and we will be hoping for a top half finish here.

Race 4 – 19:00
1200m – MR 64 Handicap

9 – Lauren of Rochelle
Trainer: Darryl Moore
Jockey: Stuart Randolph
Wgt: 55.0kg
Draw: 10(14)
Predicted Betting: 14/1

His latest effort was much improved on his recent form and a repeat of that effort should bring him into contention here. The tactics used on that occasion will be repeated this time around and he should be running on strongly in the latter stages. We were planning to go 1400m with him, however an ideal race for him has proved to be elusive and as such we’ll be taking our chances over this trip again. He did get a bump at work during the week and as a result, may be scratched due to some slight inflammation around the affected point of impact. A decision to run will be made closer to race time.

Winning Form Comment: 1.5kg better off with 7 on last run

Race 6 – 20:10
1000m – MR 66 Handicap

5 – Seventh Son
Trainer: Clinton Binda
Jockey: Warren Kennedy
Wgt: 57.0kg
Draw: 3(10)
Predicted Betting: 10/1

It was a decent effort last time out and nice to see him running on in the latter stages. He is starting to approach a competitive rating again, which is exactly what he needs. He makes the trip back down to the coast for this effort and from a good draw on this quick surface, he should be in the shake-up and we give him an each way chance.

Winning Form Comment: Highveld visitor, had one decent attempt on this surface. Watch.

Sunday 3 March 2019
Greyville Turf Track

Race 1 – 13:10
1200m – Juvenile Plate

2 – Anika The Angel
Trainer: Alyson Wright
Jockey: Muzi Yeni
Wgt: 57.0kg
Draw: 5(8)
Predicted Betting: 10/1

Under the circumstances, her Barrier Trial a few weeks ago was a fair effort. We always knew she would be outpaced by those out-and-out sprinters, over the 800m trip and she will benefit immensely from the experience. The extra 400m today’s event offers, will be ideal for her and we expect a good run from her. She may just need this run and will be one to follow over 1400 / 1600m later on this season.

6 – Purple Persuasion
Trainer: Alyson Wright
Jockey: Lyle Hewitson
Wgt: 57.0kg
Draw: 1(8)
Predicted Betting: 5/1

She had absolutely no luck in running from a wide draw on debut and the jockey on that occasion didn’t improve her chances much either. She was caught wide for most of the way and turning for home, the rider opted to go to the outside of the course which completely nullified her chance at a podium finish. She comes into this race from a handy 1 draw and although she faces off against a winner, we give her a good each way chance and expect her to fight out the finish.

Winning Form Comment: Fair debut with excuses but should make the natural improvement.

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