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Andrew Harrison (Gold Circle)

Turffontein-based Paul Peter is currently second on the National Trainer’s log but leads in all categories except stakes earned which ultimately determines Champion Trainer.

He is currently 31 winners ahead of leading trainer Justin Snaith at an average of 19.2% to Snaith’s 13.7% but he is 232k behind in the stakes race.

With the stakes increase in KZN, Peter could cut back the stakes deficit when he saddles four runners this afternoon including Goddess Of Light in the Greyville Convention Centre Handicap on the Hollywoodbets Greyville poly.

Like most handicaps, there is a lot of sorting out of form but Goddess Of Light has much in her favour. She won first up out of the maidens which is always difficult but took a mighty step up in class for her next start and only weakened late to finish a creditable fourth.

Most recently she was sent over 1400m but after showing early toe, was again out-gunned in the finish.

Today she has a plum draw, a handy galloping weight, first time blinkers and the quick synthetic surface should suit.

Fellow raider Toto comes from the Michael and Adam Azzie yard, who seldom make the effort to raid unless they feel that their charge is in with a decent shout.

It has been nearly two years since her only win and because she has shown flashes of ability the handicappers have been reluctant to drop her rating by any significant margin.

However, she does start off a mark 12 points lower than her career high of 89 and Derreck David, who recently broke his duck since returning from a spell in Mauritius, makes the journey down from the Highveld.

Of the local contingent, Irish Belle and Ancient Epic make some appeal in a wide open affair.

Peter has four runners on the day and bookies Interbet make Astrocyte in the fifth, the www.trackanndball.co.za Handicap the pick of his quartet. The lightly raced son of Indigo Magic was 18-10 favourite in the opening exchanges with 5-1 bar – Straight Up and Maxiumus sharing that honour.

Astrocyte is a recent maiden winner, leading all the way over the Vaal 1700m to an easy victory. The switch in tactics and the poly track could again bring out the best in the gelding but he does face some tested opposition.

Straight Up found the progressive Rain Or Shine too hot to handle last outing but had the balance of the opposition well beaten. This will be his third run after a break.

Maxiumus is a poly specialist and benefitted from a top ride from the very much in form Keagan De Melo to nail Airways Law on the line last time out.

The 12-1 about Southern Cape makes some appeal as Paul Lafferty’s runner has been up against stronger at recent outings and Muzi Yeni is back on board.

So They Say is another Peter runner in with more than just a shout in the Soccer Any15 Handicap, fifth race on the card.  He is up there in a weak market along with Cape Eagle and Winter Air.

So They Say was touched off in a tight finish over the Vaal 1400m last time out and has tasted the poly, having finished a close-up third over course and distance this time last year.

For those who believe that horses peak in yearly cycles, this is a good omen.

Vaughan Marshall is the first of the Western Cape visitors to step out a runner and in the fourth saddles Voldemort and the somewhat disappointing Shavout, who has his first run for the stable.

Shavout has not been out since late October last year but Interbet are expecting a big performance and have priced him up 17-10 favourite in the ante-post market and he does have Anton Marcus aboard.

Picture: Goddess Of Light (JC Photos)