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Picture: Hitthemhardsunshine (Wayne Marks).

If Charles Dickens is the best three-year-old in the country then the Eric Sands-trained Hitthemhardsunshine must have the best three-year-old sprint form in the country.
 
He has had two wins and two seconds and in both seconds he was giving away weight to highly touted opposition.
 
He was beaten 1,50 lengths by Charles Dickens over 1200m when giving him 2kg and was beaten 1,25 lengths by the highly touted Trompie when giving him 4kg.
 
The What A Winter gelding is going to be hard to beat under the country’s leading rider Keagan de Melo in the Listed Sophomore Sprint over 1200m at Hollywoodbets Kenilworth tomorrow (Saturday)..
 
The draw one can be an advantage as it gives the horss the rail to run alongside.
 
However, it can be a disadvantage if the jockeys deem the going to be on the inside.
 
In that case they all come from the outside and the number one drawn horse has to be used up to a certain extent to hold position. Otherwise he has to risk being boxed in. 
 
Good horses can extract themselves from boxed in positions, but the draw does have to be a bit of a concern if recent racing has been anything to go by where they have all tended to come across towards the inside.
 
Trompie is a long-striding individual who is highly regarded and he has impressed in both of his wins. 
 
However, they have both been over 1000m and he faded over 1200m in his only other start after taking quite a strong hold.
 
They could not find a reason for that below par run and did not believe it was the distance, but tomorrow’s race will tell.
 

Gavin van Zyl clearly thinks a lot of the Vercingetorix colt Quandary and said he would like to arrive for the WSB Gold Rush on WSB Met day unbeaten in three starts in Cape Town. 

He has won one so far, a maiden over 1200m in authoritative style, and this will be the next one.
 
Saturday will tell if he is able to live up to those expectations and it would be no great surprise if he does because he ran that maiden in quite a good time. He looks the part and seems to be on the up.
 
We’re Jamming disappointed in the Grade 3 Cape Classic, but was ultra impressive over this trip before that in the Cape Farm Sale race, so he is a big player too, although he does have to give 2kg to the rest of the field.
 
Iconic Destination has done little wrong over sprints and could also be involved.
 
Hammie’s Hero has won two out of three and could also be in the shake up.
 
Those are the leading players in what will be as intriguing a race as a the big one on the day, the Grade 2 Cape Punters Cup.