Punters will have their work cut out at Hollywoodbets Greyville today with eight wide-open races on the poly.
In the card opener, Rizzoli meets a weak maiden field and had some useful Highveld form before a change of stables. She could be the one to beat in spite of taking on males. Patronage has patchy form but was much improved when blinkered for the first time and can do better this trip. The Saracen is lightly raced is lightly raced. He has shown some improvement of late and could now be looking for this trip.
In the second, Flying First Class has her first run for a new stable. She has patchy Highveld form but was out-classed in the SA Oaks and not far behind last time out. Winter Time has consistent form in cheek pieces and should feature prominently while Trip To Freedom was close-up at long odds last start and takes a rating drop. Short Skirt Flirt loves the poly but there were plenty in this field close-up behind her last run so this could be harder.
The opening leg of the Pick 6 is another difficult handicap. Justfortheepenny is has seldom been far back and takes a drop in class. He was close-up last run and must have a strong chance on that showing. Command Control failed narrowly first run out of the maidens and is 2.5kg better off with Straight Up who shows consistent form. The tables should be turned.
In the fourth, Ingakara took on much stronger last outing and was staying on gamely. Her form before that was solid and she must have a decent chance. Cozy Dot Com ran a cracker over course and distance last start and from a better draw can go one better. Suntrax has desperate form on the turf but won well first up on the poly. She must have a decent chance on her maiden showing and she comes from a shrewd stable. Legend Has It has drawn wide but has a 4kg claimer up and has consistent form over further. Trip may suit.
Smart William has been costly to follow but has his third run for his new stable. He was been a beaten favourite at his first two and may be worth another chance. Montana Sky finished just ahead of Smart William last outing and they are drawn alongside each other so there should not be much between them again. Snow In Seattle is a veteran of the track and older horses often do well first up on the poly. He is a seven-time winner. White Cedar is coming along the right way and can feature in another tricky affair.
Some quick horses line up in the sixth but So Var has been doing well in stronger and also takes a two-point rating drop. Magicallee is another that has been up against stronger of late. She takes on males but is back on the poly and from a good draw can feature prominently. Duran is a course and distance specialist but has the worst of the draw. Rocket Fire and Winter Waves are others to consider.
In the seventh, Alsflamingbeauty has dropped in the ratings and has been taking on stronger of late. She gets 4kg relief from Gabriel Pieterse which could make the difference. Arctic Princess has not had the best of luck at her last two. She is better drawn here and is very capable. Irish Belle is drawn wide but is quick and should improve on her last effort when out of her depth. Flying The Star does not have the best of draws but ran a cracker first up out of the maidens and has a chance on that showing.
If you are still running in the exotics come the last, the best of luck. Rachel has been close-up in all of her recent starts and from a good draw she should be right there. Top Honours is lightly raced and still a maiden. But she appears to be coming along the right way and does not have much to beat here. Beckoning Beauty was much improved in blinkers while Sweet Spring needed her last run and has a much better draw. Not a race to go light in.
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