Peter Muscutt has had a fine grounding having been “foreman” to one of the best trainers in the world, Chris Waller, at the time the latter was training the great Winx, and having been assistant also to the like of Brett Crawford.

He has some strong runners at the Hollywoodbets Durban July meeting tomorrow and went through all of them. 

Race 5 (Grade 2 Zulu Kingdom Explorer Golden Slipper) Bevies Delight (Vercingetorix): “She made a very promising debut in a winner’s race against colts where she was drawn 13 out of 14. She spent a lot of energy getting up and over and then still got trapped three deep. She was found wanting in the last furlong but she was not far off the winner in fifth place. She has progressed significantly since then and the step up to the 1400m will be ideal for her. She is potentially a very nice filly and although she is a maiden I don’t think she can be counted out of contention.”

Race 6 (Grade 2 Durban Golden Horseshoe) Formagear (Querari): He made a very impressive debut when heading into the race underdone. He was just too smart for the field and accelerated very smartly to win with ease. The step up to 1400m is very much in his favour as well and with Striker Strydom aboard we going to get all the assistance from the saddle. I don’t really know how good he is but he deserves to take his chance.”

Race 6 Ocean Time (Time Thief): He ran a very promising race at Pietermaritzburg, finishing third in a Group 1 (Gold Medallion). He’s always looked like he’s going to go a bit further He’s in very good order heading in to what is a very competitive race but he’s obviously up with the best of them based on his previous start and he should be competitive on Saturday.”

Race 9 (Grade 2 Post Merchants) Isivunguvungu (What A Winter): Although running third last time (over 1100m) he didn’t produce quite the run I expected, but he did race without cover. He has an awkward draw to navigate, but with Grant van Niekerk on we will ride him more conservatively and hope he gets some cover early. I expect him to be charging late. We haven’t quite established whether he’s better over 1200m or 1000m. He possesses a lot of natural gate speed. There are limited opportunities over 1000m, so we are trying to teach him to settle properly and then finish his races off, which he did do in his previous two runs. He won very impressively at Pietermaritzburg sitting off them and he relaxed very well that day. So if he does the same tomorrow and switches off completely he will be charging late.”

Race 10 (Listed Compendium Insurance Brokers Handicap) Gentleman’s Wager (Oratorio): He was a very unlucky loser of the Cup Trial where he got badly hampered with a furlong to run. He picked himself up off the deck and still managed to run third, which was an exceptional performance. He’s in great order. He’s also got an awkward draw to overcome, but we won’t go forward with him, we’ll sit back. He has to be considered one of the leading lights in the race.”

Race 10: Tread Swiftly (What A Winter): He is at the top of his game at the moment. Unfortunately, the handicapper has been penalising him for running places, so he is up three pounds from his last win. He’s a very honest horse, so I expect him to run to the best of his form, but it is a very competitive field. 

Race 10 Reserve runner Mr Gonzales (What A Winter): He has won his last two starts over 1400m with consummate ease. If he does manage to get a run I think he is the horse to beat.

Race 11 (XM MR86 Handicap) Conquer The Enemy (Vercingetorix): He made a very pleasing return to the races after a break, failing narrowly to win. He hasn’t gone beyond a mile up to now, but has always given every indication that a trip is going to be to his liking. It is a very competitive race, but he acts very well on the poly whereas some of the horses in the race I don’t think have been on the poly, so he’s going to be competitive.”    

Race 11 Reserve runner Arumugam (Duke Of Marmalade): He is at the top of his game at the moment. He’s a very consistent honest horse and acts very well on the poly, so we’re certainly hoping go get a run.” 

Picture: Formagear (Candiese Lenferna)      

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