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Best Bet: LATIN DAYZ (Race 6)
Value Bet: SEPTEMBER GIRL (Race 8)
Jackpot (Races 6-9) R150
Today’s best bet, LATIN DAYZ has consistent formlines to his name and battled all the way down to the wire when finishing third last time out over 1100M, just a head behind the winner. He has a handy draw three and should turn in another honest performance here.
ISHIM is a 3yr old filly taking on the boys, but she has only had the four runs to date and showed solid improvement to end up in second place last time out over six furlongs, a head adrift of the victor. She made good late progress that day and the form of that race has been franked. She jumps from gate seven and could emerge as the biggest danger to the top choice.
HARDEDGE is drawn one inside the latter and returns from a 13-week rest, but did win his only barrier trial to showcase his well-being. He raced five wide entering the turn in his last outing over 1100M, finishing just under five and a half lengths back from the winner. However, it should be noted that the form of that race has stood up well with four runners out of that contest subsequently winning. The colt should be involved in the finish.
This looks to be an open race with plenty of runners in what a, so some caution is advised. BEING NAUGHTY put three and a half lengths between himself and the opposition when winning his maiden race last time out over six furlongs. He came three-wide into the home straight that day, but finished his race off well and the form of the race has been franked. He will have to negotiate gate ten, but he has his peak run after returning from a 22-week break. Although
CANEXCELL is recorded as finishing fifth in his last outing over 1100M, he was just under two lengths adrift of the winner. He has bumped at the start, but recovered well to lead the field into the home straight and stayed on well right the way down to the wire. He has a far kinder draw and should be right up there in the mix.
MONGA LANE is a 3yr old filly taking on males, but she is seldom far off the action and finished strongly on the outside of the field when second in her last start over five furlongs, failing by just a head to secure victory. She is drawn one outside the latter and will have 2kgs taken off her back thanks to her claiming apprentice to aid her cause.
SEPTEMBER GIRL is a 4yr old filly taking on boys, but she missed out on her hat-trick when finishing fourth last time out over 1100M, just over a length and a half back from the winner. She raced four wide into the straight that day and should have finished closer to the victor than she did. She jumps from a cozy draw two and is taken to be the value bet on the day’s card.
KIEVANN also mossed out on his trio of victories when ending up in third place in his latest start over six furlongs, finishing 1.3L behind the winner. He had to be held up in the straight and only saw daylight at the 200M mark, so did well to get as close to the winner as he did. He has pulled gate six and will have 2kgs removed from his allocated weight courtesy of his claiming apprentice.
SEE IT THRU followed up his penultimate run victory over six furlongs with a fifth-place finish next time out when stepping up to 1300M, just over three lengths behind the winner. He returns from a 29-week break, but has had two barrier trials, finishing second in the first and winning the latest. He will have to deal with a wideish gate nine, but on the plus side, he will have 1.5kgs taken off his back for the services of his claiming apprentice.
As with the seventh race, this looks like another open contest with which to end the Jackpot and finding the winner is no easy task. The tentative first pick goes to SWANSTON who had his consistency rewarded with a one-length victory last time out over a mile. He went from jump to wire that day, repelling all the late challengers over the closing stages. He jumps from draw seven and should be right up there once again when they hit the wire.
KIJITO has finished closer to the winner in his last three runs, the latest when beaten a head over seven furlongs. He jumped awkwardly that day, but he finished well to just fail to collar the victor in the shadow of the post. He has drawn in gate four and looks to threaten the former.
IN HEART’S WAKE is a 5yr old mare taking on the boys, but she has turned in two solid last efforts, the latest when third over seven furlongs, 0.7L behind the winner. She was making good late progress in that race, suggesting that the extra ground on offer here will be to her liking. She is drawn one outside the latter and will have 2kgs removed from her back thanks to her claiming apprentice. She should be included in all bets.