DANDOLO, who contested feature events during Champions Season, rates the horse to beat in the Greyville Convention Centre Novice Plate at Hollywoodbets Greyville today.
Tony Rivalland’s runner does come off a 60-day break but had a tough draw in feature company last time out where he finished down the field. His form before that was smart and he shows plenty of ability.
Biggest threat could be the filly Deep Thought. She takes on males and at face value looks held at these weights. However, she shows plenty of scope and looks capable of beating the males and the weights. Sir Pom is another that comes into the reckoning but returns after a break and may just need it but raced in feature company last time out. Of the balance, Tromso improved at long odds last start and can finish in the money.
The sixth is a competitive sprint but Good Rhythm has not had the best of draws at his last two over this course. This small field can see him closer. Ad Altisima is hardly ever out of the money and goes very well over course and distance while Hard To Play found form last run in a strong field. Blinkers obviously brought out his best and a repeat will see him close again. A definite inclusion in all calculations is Shane Humby’s runner Socrates. He found big market support last run and was not far back.
The opening leg of the Pick 6 is a difficult handicap. Silva Magic has started favourite at her last three and was beaten at her last two. She is better off at the weights with her previous conquerors and the extra should suit. Stelvio does not have the best of draws but was close-up in her first start on the poly after trying to make all the running. Now with a 4kg claimer up she must be a big runner.
Twice To Sydney comes from an in-form stable and was narrowly beaten in her comeback run after a lengthy break. She has the draw and a handy weight. Given the riding arrangements, Sea Venture may prove the pick of the Gavin van Zyl pairing after her close-up second on this surface last time out.
The fourth is another tricky handicap with any number of runners in with winning credentials. Sea Master was finishing strongly behind the lightly weighted Admiral’s Guest last start and has come on nicely with blinkers, that and a light weight can see him home. Maitland Magic was a recent maiden winner but was much improved in blinkers while Dutch Alley’s last run is best ignored. He has a better draw and goes well over course and distance. Farland and Colour My Fate are others that warrant consideration.
In the seventh, Higher Purpose has only had two starts and doddled home in a maiden. He does look progressive and can go in again. The Ghan overcame a difficult draw when shedding his maiden after making a smart debut while Tambora makes his local debut and brings useful enough Cape form over what looks to be his right trip. He is one to watch in the betting.
The last could rest between the two Ashburton-trained mares Passivity and Pina Colada. Passivity gets 4kg off her back and goes very well over course and distance. She must have a bright chance in another tricky handicap. Pina Colada has not had much luck in running of late but has taken a drop in the ratings and has a 2.5kg claimer up. On her best effort she will go very close. Harper’s Dream shed her maiden at long odds but looks progressive and can feature again while My Lady found her best when fitted with first-time blinkers after showing steady promise.