I must admit to having a soft spot for Mount Anderson but he has let me down more often than not. But he gets one last nod when he lines up in the fourth at Hollywoodbets Greyville tomorrow, the first leg of the Pick 6 on a nine-race card, writes Andrew Harrison.
Dean Kannemeyer’s runner has been banging on the door of late, close-up second at his last two, and it should open for him here as he reverts to what may be his optimum trip.
Born To Perform has also been a touch disappointing of late but has a plum draw here over what may prove to be his best trip as he has been trying further in useful company without much success. Petra is a smart mare and won well for Robbie Hill last time out. She takes on males over an extra furlong but should be competitive. Dark horse is Baby Shooz. He shows heaps of promise but has not been out since February. He has a wide draw and may be one for the notebook.
In the next leg, Gavin van Zyl sends out the progressive gelding Donald Macdonald who has yet to miss a cheque in five starts. He has been lumped with fair weight to carry against stronger but still looks capable. Karoo Lark has come down steadily in the ratings but cheek pieces for the first time saw big improvement. He had shown promise early in his career and may only now be realising his potential. Sunny Bill Du-toy has been dropping in the ratings and has his first run for his new stable. He is another that showed promise early in his career and a change of scenery could bring the best out in him. Of the balance Silver Fox Dog has a light weight and looks promising. His last start was way too short.
The sixth is a tricky fillies and mares handicap but Sea Venture has run two smart races on the poly over a similar distance and from a pole position draw should make a fist of it for her second win. Lady Lu is lightly raced but was a little disappointing last run after her smart local debut. The blinkers come off and she could prove to be the biggest threat. Guadeloupe has had two hard races over shorter. She comes from an in-form yard and the step up in trip could suit.
In the seventh, Kayson looks progressive but takes on some smart older horses. Peter Muscutt’s runner was a narrow winner last time out but has only had four starts and still improving. Letaba seldom runs a poor race and has been in good form of late as he has improved in blinkers and should be right there. So Var found something like his best form last run when switched to the poly. He is an old campaigner and the synthetic surface probably suits. The same can be said of Di Mazzio who is always dangerous but does look better over the shorter trip although one cannot discount his chances with a 4kg claimer up.
Muscutt could have a quick double as he sends of Hugs Accepted for the eighth. She came from the clouds to shed her maiden. Donovan Dillon was impressed, “this is a proper horse” and she certainly looks smart. She jumps from a much better draw and with Jabu Jacobs claiming 2.5 kg she can go in again. Magicallee comes from a very much inform stable but has another poor draw. But she has been in good form of late and is in with a big shout along with Wildy In Love who was caught late when making good improvement last run and a repeat should see her right up there alongside Magicallee.
In the final leg of the Pick 6, Iron Henry makes his local debut after showing some fair Cape form. He is lightly raced and if he takes to the poly he could be the one to beat. Glory And Sunshine has the worst of the draw but came in for longshot betting support last start and seems set for good improvement. Darkest Dawn came in for good market support last start but made no show. He could be worth giving another chance.