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The poly at Hollywoodbets Greyville today hosts a low-key meeting where Nkalanzinzi can hang on long enough to get punters off to a good start.

Darryl Moore filly has tried to make all over 1400m in her last three and has been caught in the last few strides. This shorter trip could see her home. Her biggest opposition could come from the two Ashburton runners Corner Crusade and Vision Of Will. Corner Crusade has shown up well in two start for Gary Rich although her last run is best ignored. First up for her new stable she finished a length off the winner and seems to go well for this apprentice. Paul Gadsby’s runner Vision Of Will enjoys the surface. She is lightly raced and showed up nicely at her most recent outing.

Winter Melody in the second could well prove the best bet on an otherwise tricky card when Gareth van Zyl’s filly lines up in the second. She has run two promising races to date and finished strongly last start which could see her go a lot closer here. A relatively unknown runner is Andre Nel’s four-year-old Chelsea River who lines up on the poly for the first time. She is backed by solidly consistent Cape form and makes plenty of appeal.

Gelding often does wonders for a horse’s concentration and the operation appears to have the desired effect on Khuluma Nathi. Dean Kannemeyer’s charge made big improvement after gelding and steps up to a more suitable trip. Country Ice was steady in his debut sprint and given his pedigree he should much prefer this trip so watch for big improvement. Eventidor has the worst of the draw which is always a disadvantage over this trip and is often the difference between winning and losing However, he has improved steadily and must have a chance.

The fifth could develop into a two-way contest between Sparkling Flame and Rotunda.

Mike Miller’s filly has earned a cheque in all 12 starts and from the best of the draw can finally make it home in front. Rotunda finished behind her when last they met but is only having her third start and could have enough improvement to come. These two looks set to dominate.

Gelding was also responsible for the sudden improvement from Carl Hewitson’s runner Lucretius as he made all the running and skated to a comfortable win. He looks capable of further improvement but will need to have made the necessary step up to get the better of the consistent Tiger Tank who has hardly run a bad race and can follow up on his narrow last win. King’s Cove and Admiral Birnham are others to consider.

Michael Roberts and apprentice Rachel Venniker have developed into a formidable partnership and they team up with Luna Eclipse in the sixth. The filly appears to be difficult given her age and antics at the gate but has ability. She meets a particularly weak field and can step up again. Real Advisor enjoyed the synthetic surface on debut and can build on some useful Cape form.

There are plenty in with chances in the seventh and one can make out a case for nearly all of them.

Don’t Touch Me takes on stronger but has the best of the draw and is a strong front runner. He is course and distance suited with a handy galloping weight. Ideal Act was a very easy maiden winner and is lightly raced while Uncomplicated is back from gelding and he can remedy his earlier patchy form. Tonightsfightnight will have plenty of as he is holding form and goes well this course and distance.

The last is another tricky affair but Quest For The Best was running on strongly over course and distance last start and is coming to hand again while Tuk Tuk is lightly raced and does have some scope. Should enjoy the extra from a plum draw and could ‘putt’ into the money. Winter Waves comes from an in form stable and is never far back. He has been dropping in the ratings and is over his best course and distance and stable in form. White Cedar has drawn wide and steps up in trip but is capable on his day with his handy weight.

Source: https://www.goldcircle.co.za/keep-the-tune-with-winter-melody/  

(Andrew Harrison)