Run As One can take advantage of a light weight to chalk up his third career victory at the Vaal on Tuesday when they return to the Classic track.
The Mike de Kock-trained runner clearly has some talent as he has raced just seven times for two wins and three places, but in his last start appeared to be his own worst enemy.
The three-year-old son of Gimmethegreenlight found betting support in his first run back from a short layoff but had to be coerced into the starting stalls and ended up too far back in the early part of this MR 88 Handicap over 1800m at the Vaal.
He did run on well into third place but when they got to the finishing post, he was still 4.75 lengths adrift of winner Supreme Dance.
He lines up in a MR 90 Handicap over 2000m on this occasion and perhaps the extra distance will suit him a lot better.
He was gelded after just two start and there do not appear to have been any major behavioural issues in his next four starts until his last effort. Hopefully he will not give jockey Muzi Yeni any hassles this time.
The main threat to Run As One appears to be Imperial Master from the Stuart Pettigrew yard. The four-year-old Master Of My Fate gelding has finished third in his last three races and will be looking for his third career win.
He would have to give 5.5kg to Run As One but that will be diminished as he has a 2.5kg claiming apprentice in the irons.
However, his best efforts have come over 1600m so the distance has to be a concern.
The best-performed runner is Captain Chorus but he has the opposite problem. He has been competing over in features races over long distances and Lucky Houdalakis’ charge could find this trip a touch on the short side.
Paul Peter had four winners at the Vaal last Thursday and we could see a repeat performance of that effort.
The stable sends out some potent runners, especially in the first four races. The first two are for juveniles, and in Race 1 he has Set To Go, who is one of the first crop of new sire Erupt. The son of Dubawi won two Group 1 races over 2400m in Europe so his progeny should have quite a bit of stamina.
Set To Go is out of Jet Master mare which makes him a half-brother to sprinting filly On Cue.
In Race 2 Peter sends out Fennec Fox, a confident winner on debut. She looks the runner to beat in this Maiden Juvenile Plate for fillies.
However, in both races Sean Tarry sends out two first-timers, both of whom will be ridden by Anton Marcus, so keep an eye on the betting.
Tuuletar was just touched off in her last start and will run against the boys in Race 3, a Maiden Pate over 1800m. She does get a sex allowance which brings her in with just 56.5kg on her back and she is nicely drawn at No 3.
In Race 4, MR 73 Handicap for fillies and mares over 1800m, Peter has improving three-year-old Bella Swan. She ran against stronger last time and is likely to top the betting boards in this event.
Warren Kennedy is carded to ride all those runners for the Peter yard.
Jack Milner’s selections
Race 1: 4 Set To Go, 5 Thunderstruck, 3 Power Broker, 2 Kuznetsov
Race 2: 1 Fennec Fox, 4 Rock The Fox, 2 River Queraress, 5 Rose Velvet
Race 3: 13 Tuuletar, 5 Leshawes, 1 My True North, 7 Forward Spell
Race 4 2 Bella Swan, 5 Definitely Maybe, 10 Kiawah, 8 Liverpool Legend
Race 5: 5 Wisteria Avenue, 3 Traveling Wilbury, 12 Fire Flower, 7 Linganomore
Race 6: 8 Run As One, 2 Imperial Master, 1 Captain Chorus, 3 Oyster King
Race 7: 1 Ablueazure, 2 Secret Is Ours, 7 Catchthegreenlight, 8 Dark Travel
Race 8: 12 Java House, 8 Twelve Oaks, 2 Midnight Badger, 6 The Makwakkers
Race 2 No 1 Fennec Fox
Race 5 No 5 Wisteria Avenue
Race 2 1×4
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