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With the Hollywoodbets Greyville turf track undergoing treatment with Champions Season looming it will be poly track offerings at the Durban track for the next few weeks. A MR90 (F&M) over a mile heads up the card today and is the case with most races in this category, punters will be tested.

Duncan Howells saddles Twicethequality on the poly for the first time and Diego de Gouveia, now a regular visitor to KZN, takes over the reins from Muzi Yeni.

Twicethequality has been holding form, having been in the money for her last six starts, and steps out over what could be a more suitable trip from a good draw.

She shows good pace but also finishes her races off well. She makes her poly debut but the quick surface should suit.

Dennis Drier placed Jacqueline nicely to win her last two starts but takes on much stronger here over a shorter trip. However, she does have a light weight and is in good form. Chanty Lane finished like a bullet when narrowly beaten over the Greyville 1400m on the turf. She has won on the poly She does seem better over slightly shorter. Peter Muscutt had two winners at Hollywoodbets Scottsville on Sunday and sends out All Aglow. She has had three runs since a break and comes in with a light weight which sets her up nicely for this race.

Candice Dawson raids the poly. Older runners tend to take to the synthetic surface and the five-year-old Sultanah is definitely one for the short list.

In the card opener, My Elouise found a ton of market support on debut on the poly but was beaten by inexperience. He next outing on the turf was a touch disappointing but she can make amends here. Namaqua Dove has had many chances. She shows good pace and her time will come.  

In the second Sparkling Flame has been frustrating and rather costly to follow but has to get it right some time and will never get a better chance. She was second best behind Rotunda last start but had a few of today’s opposition behind her including Top Ten who was only a neck behind so should be right up with her again.

Garth Puller holds a strong hand in the third with Firu Star and One Shot Wonder. The former made a smart debut on the poly when second and the winner went on to win again which bodes well. The latter has been much improved in blinkers. He switches to the poly for the first time. The Donelly raced green on debut from a wide draw and with the stable in good form he should improve on that effort

The fourth is wide open. Imitation Game has been taking on stronger on the Highveld without much success but has shown flashes of ability. He makes his poly debut off a much lower mark which could see him home. Hampton Court is over his preferred course and distance and has been in mustard form so should go close once again. Pacific Winter has a wide draw but was narrowly beaten last start and is genuine on his day.

The fifth is another minefield with plenty in with chances. Quickstep Lady has been up against stronger of late and not far off them. She has a claiming apprentice up and goes well on this surface. Boogie Shoes has another wide draw to contend with but has been close up at her last two and can go close. Flower Season is course and distance suited and has a handy galloping weight. She has a good draw that also helps. Brunilda has not been out of the money in her last five outings that includes two wins. She met slightly stronger last start but goes very well this course and distance.

It doesn’t get any easier in the sixth although Hot Money was narrowly beaten last start and Donovan Dillon, more comfortable at around 60kgs, stays aboard in spite of the 56.5kg she’s set to shoulder which may prove to be a significant pointer. Run For Isla came good on the Highveld last start with first time blinkers and has the best of the draw. Razzle Dazzle Em has been rested and makes her poly and local debut. She boasts some fair Cape form leading up to her maiden win. Crazy Blues showed up well first run out of the maidens and was running on well. The extra furlong should suit.

Humble Tune could pay expenses for Dawson in the last. He enjoyed the drop in class last run and had consistent form to stronger prior to that and should make a bold bid. Of the others, Maximus took on much stronger last start and has improved since being stepped up in trip. Living Waters met weaker last run and went down narrowly. Course and distance suited and a 2.5kg claimer up will help his cause. Caesura is an old hand that loves the poly. Been close-up at his last two.

goldcircle.co.za – Andrew Harrison