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Andrew Harrison (Gold Circle)

The racing year was due to end at Hollywoodbets Scottsville tomorrow but persistent rain over the past week coupled with the forecast of more has forced Gold Circle to move the racemeeting to Hollywoodbets Greyville.

Yesterday the penetrometer reading at Hollywoodbets Scottsville was 32, some areas high as 35. With current overcast conditions the chances of the track drying up sufficiently for Sunday’s race meeting was remote so Gold Circle took an early decision to move the race meeting to Hollywoodbets Greyville turf track where yesterday’s pen reading was 29. An 8 metre false rail will be used and field size restricted to 12 runners. The false rail will be removed for Monday’s race meeting. Distance changes; Race 4 now 1800m, Races 5 and 6 now 2000m. Race times remain as carded.

With the change of course in mind and the going almost certainly on the soft side, draws, especially in the sprint races, come into play.

MJ Odendaal sends out Tobacconist in the sixth who was running on strongly from a tough draw last run. The gelding has not run in the soft but Odendaal is a master at setting up his runners and Tobacconist looks primed for this. Peter Muscutt saddles likely favourite Khanyisa Indlela who has finished runner-up in his last three starts. He is down in class and has won in the soft. Manic Monday tried to make all last start but was run out of it late. Paul Lafferty has set her up against males but she is down in class and has consistent form on this course.

However, Wayne Badenhorst saddles Captain Wara who has yet to run a bad race. He has his third run for his new stable and goes well this trip but now has a wide draw to contend with. Garth Puller saddles the nine-year-old Ishnana who was back over his favourite course and distance. However, he now has the best of the draw and he loves the soft. If finding his best form, he will have a strong chance. Muscutt is two handed with Kupholiwe and Blackwhitedynamite. Richard Fourie has stayed with Kupholiwe and he could prove the pick of the pair having won in the soft.

One of the better bets could be Gareth van Zyl’s filly Nighingales Sing who has shown up well in both starts and looks the part in what stacks up into a weak field in the fifth. However, she goes this trip for the first time which may be of concern. Mike Miller sends out Style Icon who is proven over the trip and looks the biggest threat to the selection after a promising second last time out.  Pixie In Love’s form has tailed off a little at her last two. She was a well beaten third which first time blinkers last start but the winner won by a street and Paul Gadsby’s filly in not out of it on her best form.

Miller can round off the year with Palm Breeze in the last although it is another tricky handicap.

Palm Breeze seldom runs a bad race and has been close-up at her last two over course and distance which gives her strong claims. Kitten’s Adventure had her last win over course and distance. She has been consistent since when trying a furlong further and could prove best this shorter trip. Can’t Catch Me has been consistent over further with cheek pieces. She now gets blinkers which could make the difference.

The first leg of the PA is a tricky maiden with a number of lightly raced runners likely to improve. Gareth van Zyl has three runners, best of which could be Patants Heir, the mount of stable rider Athandiwe Mgudlwa. She raced green on debut around the Greyville turn and should come on from that. Stable companion Chez Mimi was given a lengthy break after making a smart debut but may need this. Tothestarsandback made good improvement second time out for Mark Dixon and can come on from that effort. Firecracker found market support on debut and should improve while Dawn Surprise showed up well on debut finishing ahead of Firecracker and starting at long odds.

In the first leg of the Pick 6 punters could take a chance on Teatime Tipple. He was a beaten odds-on chance last outing but has finished second in five of his six starts. His one unplaced run was over course and distance which is a concern. Send Me was just over a length back to Teatime Tipple when making his debut at lengthy odds. He should come on from that effort and can turn the tables. Abaddon comes off a short break but has shown up well in both outings and was a beaten favourite last time out. Imperial Power returns after recovering from a virus and may just need it but his last two were decent efforts.

In the fourth, Release Me has not been far back when taking on stronger and goes well this trip. He should make a bold bit. Averni King may just have needed his last run. That form has worked out quite well and he has a strong chance. Jazz Festival was much improved last run. He now tries cheek pieces and can improve further.

Nightingales Sing has shown up well in both starts and looks the part in what stacks up into a weak field in the fifth. She goes this trip for the first time which may be of concern. Style Icon is proven over the trip and looks the biggest threat to the selection after a promising second last time out.  Pixie In Love’s form has tailed off a little at her last two. She was a well beaten third with first time blinkers last start but the winner won by a street.