Scott’s mare ready to notch eighth win
VETERAN trainer George Scott can still teach his younger rivals a trick or two and he seems to have found another good winning opportunity for his talented mare, Without Malice, in Saturday’s sixth race at Turffontein.
Without Malice boasts the excellent record of seven wins and seven places from her 25 starts, and even lack of a recent outing should not prevent her from notching up another victory on Saturday.
The five-year-old’s opponents include the useful four-year-old, Astro News, who is also having his first race of the new season. Astro News, with jockey Robbie Fradd booked for the ride, rates serious consideration.
Piere Strydom’s mount, Wagner, has had an even longer break than Without Malice and Astro News, as Joe Soma’s colt has not raced since May.
Despite that, any market support for this lightly raced four-year-old could be significant.
In contrast to the sixth race, the first leg of the jackpot is a trappy apprentice handicap in which a number of runners have strong claims on form. Champion trainer Mike de Kock sends out Halabaloo, a four-year-old who should go well with Keagan de Melo in the saddle.
However, this race is a handicap and it might pay to risk a few rand each way on Dominic Zaki’s gelding, Valiant Be. He will be partnered by Mauritius-born Nooresh Juglall, who looks to have a bright future ahead of him.
Jet Set Model did not run badly when fifth in a novice plate at Clairwood last month, and Sean Tarry’s filly is expected to improve on that effort in Saturday’s seventh race.
An early quote of 12-10 about the four-year-old looks stingy, particularly with Ohiki Bay boasting consistent form.
A runner who makes plenty of appeal in this 1,600m contest is Weiho Marwing’s filly, Lusikisiki. She was beaten by only two lengths at this track in early August and has plenty of scope for improvement, as does Michael Azzie’s Wood Nymph.
Trainer David Nieuwenhuizen does well with his small string and will be pleased his five-year-old, Anka Man, has drawn well in the eighth race.
Marwing has another winning chance here with the twice-raced three-year-old, Living With Heart, while Bee Keeper could also get involved in the finish.
Joe Soma introduces a National Emblem colt in the opening event and the market will be the best guide to this newcomer. He will have to be pretty useful to beat the likely favourite, Quad Bay, who has been placed in his last two starts.
Quad Bay is trained by Robbie Sage, who saddles Setfiretotherain in the second race. While this filly has an each-way shout from a favourable draw, Geoff Woodruff could take top honours with the once-raced Ferrari Dawn.
Bookies are likely to battle to settle on a favourite in the first leg of the Pick 6, although Argentina import Pure Honey is a must for inclusion in place accumulator perms. The four-year-old should relish this 2,200m trip.