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The Justin Snaith-trained Call To Unite is one of Dave Mollett’s fancies for WSB Cape Town Met day (Picture: Wayne Marks)

David Mollett

When it comes to the three “Majors” – the Hollywoodbets Durban July, Betway Summer Cup and World Sports Betting Met – punters zoom in on the quartet as they know this is the bet that can put them in the money. More often than not a “roughie” finishes in the first four.

It could be the same scenario this Saturday with the pool for the quartet in the R2 million WSB Met expected to reach R4 million.

With Bless My Stars scratched, the most popular quartet combination will be See It Again to win, well-drawn Pacaya for second by the field by the field.

Pacaya – winner of last season’s Jet Master Stakes for the Snaith camp – appears to have hit form at just the right time with a close third in the Premier’s Trophy.

However, those punters who backed the gelding into 25/2 for the Hollywoodbets Durban July will remember doing their money with the son of Trippi beating only four home.

The runner who could spring a surprise is Rachel Venniker’s mount, Without Question. If the four year-old could find his Daily News 2000 form (two lengths behind See It Again) the son of the United States could find the first four.

Turftalk editor, David Thiselton, interviewed Venniker after it was announced she had got the ride. She stated she was “over the moon” and wasn’t concerned with her draw of nine out of 13 due to the long back stretch.

A plus factor for Without Question was the comment by Jonathan Snaith in the same article. He said: “He is probably better than his recent runs suggest and he will relish the 10 furlong trip.”

So a possible quartet perm is as follows: 11/the field minus 5,9,11/9/1,2,3,4,6,7,8,10,12,13 Cost R100

The next perm: 11/the field minus 5,9,11/the field minus 5,9,11/9 Cost R100
Now a look at some of the other races.

RACE 3

Call To Unite – a R900 000 son of Vercingetorix – looks worth a decent win bet.

The Snaith-trained three year-old didn’t enjoy a smooth passage last time, but given better luck this time the gelding can put his 12 rivals to the sword.

RACE 4

When I received my copy of Winning Form, I immediately paged to see what Vaughan Marshall had running. The veteran trainer is simply a master of his profession and you can guarantee he’ll have his charges spot-on for the big day.

Vaughan has three runners in the fourth race and the right one of his trio could be Captain Fontaine. The Captain Al gelding has had more trainers than actress Elizabeth Taylor has had husbands but this R1,3 million buy hasn’t won since May last year.

Then – in mid-December – a sign that the six year-old was coming back to form with a close-up fifth (beaten less than a length) by Silver Operator. He can turn the tables on his stablemate on a kilo better terms.

Richard Fourie, who importantly retains the ride on Captain Fontaine, will be aware he faces two tough rivals in At My Command and Quasiforsure. The latter will be primed for a big run by Peter Muscutt with his son, Daniel, taking the ride.

Nevertheless, at odds of 10-1, Captain Fontaine looks an attractive each-way bet.

RACE 5

With no Charles Dickens to brighten up their day, Candice Bass-Robinson and Aldo Domeyer will be out to take top honours in the Pongracz Olympic Duel Stakes with Winter Cloud. The two questions here are can Aldo get down to 56,5 kg and can the filly beat the year-older, Shantastic.

Dean Kannemeyer’s daughter of Rafeef should be cherryripe in her third start this term and the boxed exacta with Winter Cloud looks the way to go.

RACE 11

The “Get Out Stakes” is a fascinating maiden with some choicely-bred three year-olds trying to post their first win.

It’s another opportunity for a quartet bet with most of the 20-strong field with some form to their name. They include:

Peregrine Falcon – No surprise that Nic Jonsson had to go to R1,1 million to secure this son of Gimmethegreenlight as he’s out of the eight-time winner, Lanner Falcon. Already gelded, he was easy in the market when third on debut in December.

Celtic Chief: Has Corne Orffer chosen the right one in opting to partner Hoodia instead of Celtic Chief. The latter – the mount of S’manga Khumalo – has been gelded since his last start and will jump from the inside draw.

The US Of A: Family ties with this colt representing the Paddy Kruyer stable as Vicky Lerena rode him into third place in a recent ladies race. Now hubbie, Gavin, takes over and she’ll be able to divulge what to expect.

Kingsboy: Brett Crawford introduces a son of Kingman and he’s worth a market check. The trainer’s comment: “working well, place chance.”

Quartet recommendations:
Double float 1 and 8 with 5,9,10,13,14,17,18,20
Double float 1 and 17 with 5,8,9,10,13,14,18,20
Double float 8 and 17 with 1,5,9,10,13,14,18,20
The cost of each bet is R224 (for 33%).

Bon Chance!