There will be a massive R1 925 000 up for grabs in the Punters' Challenge at Hollywoodbets Greyville this Sunday.
|RACE 1||BUGSY MALONE||GIANTS CASTLE||OVER THE BAY|
|12:40||4 Kennedy W||6 Khumalo S||8 Dillon D|
|RACE 2||AND WE DANCED||LILY OF ORANGE||ONE BITE AT A TIME|
|13:15||6 Kennedy W||5 De Melo K||4 Marcus A|
|RACE 3||BLUSH OF DAWN||WISHFUL GIRL LIN||VIHAAN’S PIE|
|13:50||5 Marcus A||1 Godden T||7 Venniker R|
|RACE 4||LUNARCAM||ASHFORD CASTLE||FAUSTINO|
|14:25||1 Veale S||4 Sakayi K||5 Danielson|
|RACE 5||FLORENCE||COMEDY OF MANNER||VOICE NOTES|
|15:00||7 Strydom K||3 Dillon D||1 Godden T|
|RACE 6||ARUMUGAM||COMMAND CONTROL||DON’T TOUCH ME|
|15:35||9 Godden T||7 Dillon D||5 Gumede T|
|RACE 7||FISTS OF FIRE||FEVER||LORD OF THE MANOR|
|16:10||9 Dillon D||7 Kennedy W||8 Arries A|
|RACE 8||TENACIOUS TIME||KHANYISA INDLELA||MY LORD AND MASTER|
|16:45||2 Wright G||9 Khumalo S||4 Veale S|
BUGSY MALONE stayed on nicely when finishing third over this distance on the turf last time. The son of Mogok did not enjoy the blinkers in his penultimate run. He tries the Polytrack and if suited to the surface, he should be the one to beat under Warren Kennedy.
GIANTS CASTLE ran a good race when finishing second over 1750m at Hollywoodbets Scottsville last time. He returns from an 18-week break, but has been scratched at the start for not loading. If going into the gates this afternoon, he should pose a massive threat.
OVER THE BAY overraced in his last start over 1200m on this course, but stayed on nicely to finish fourth. The son of Twice Over steps back up in distance and if Donovan Dillon is able to switch him off early, he should shed his maiden tag.
AND WE DANCED showed very good improvement when finishing fourth over this C&D last time. Despite hanging in the closing stages, she stayed on nicely at the business end. Warren Kennedy retains the ride and if keeping on a straight line, she should be the one to beat.
LILY OF ORANGE was running on nicely to finish second over this C&D last time. That was her first start on this surface and if confirming her recent improvement, she can go one better.
ONE BITE AT A TIME was slow into stride over 1200m on this course last time and the manner in which she finished off her race that day suggests that she will enjoy the 1400m. She jumps from a good draw of four and if getting off to a good start, she should go close to winning.
This is an open looking Merit Rated 90 Handicap and caution is advised. The narrow first selection is BLUSH OF DAWN from the Garth Puller stable. She ran a fair race when finishing fifth in her comeback run over 1400m on this course. It must be noted that Jackson Wells has come out and won again since. She has won three times and finished second once from six starts over this C&D. She should strip a much fitter horse this afternoon and can return to winning ways.
WISHFUL GIRL LINN is the stable companion of the top choice. She won a good race on the KZN Breeders race day last time and returns from a 17-week break. She has won four times and finished second twice from nine starts on this course. If not in need of the run, she should fight out the finish.
VIHAAN’S PIE was reported to be not striding out in the Grade 2 Post Merchants last time. She has won once and finished second once from three starts on this course. She gets the services of a 4kgs claiming apprentice which will help her cause.
LUNARCAM was super-impressive when winning his maiden at the second time of asking over this distance at Hollywoodbets Scottsville. He showed good pace that day, found another kick and won with a ton in hand. The son of Captain Of All takes on stronger today, but he is lightly raced and looks to be above average. If not in need of the run, he can follow up.
ASHFORD CASTLE won a good race over 1000m on this course last time and returns from a 25-week break. He won on debut over this distance. The son of Var has ability and should give a good account of himself if fit.
FAUSTINO has taken on stronger opposition in his last two starts on the turf. He returns from a 12-week break, during which time he would have strengthened up. The son of Crusade still has plenty of scope and cannot be ignored.
FLORENCE hails from the visiting Clinton Binda stable. She stumbled leaving the gates last time, but showed pace before getting outrun in the latter stages. She has won twice, finished second three times and third once from 19 starts over this distance. The 14-week break would have done her the world of good and on best form shown, she is capable of winning in this type of field.
COMEDY OF MANNERS is better than her first outing in a Handicap. It must be noted that multiple horses from that form line have come out and won since. The daughter of Var tries the Polytrack and if suited to the surface, she can find a form return.
VOICE NOTES showed very good improvement in her last start over 1200m on this course. She has won once, finished second twice and third once from eight attempts over this distance. She is having her peak run today and should be cherry-ripe.
ARUMUGAM was ultra-impressive when winning his first run out the maidens over 2000m on this course. Despite getting baulked for running room between the 400m mark and 250m mark, he finished his race off strongly. The son of Duke Of Marmalade takes another rise in class, but he is in a good space and can notch up the hat-trick.
COMMAND CONTROL is much better than his last start at Hollywoodbets Scottsville as he was reported to be coughing. He has won twice and finished second once from as many starts on this course. He should strip much fitter this afternoon and can return to winning ways.
DON’T TOUCH ME’S last three starts have been good. It must be noted that the horse that finished third in his last start has come out and won since. If keeping on a straight line, he should go close to winning.
FISTS OF FIRE ran a good race over this C&D last time. He had to overcome the widest draw that day, but finished his race off strongly. He meets a similar type of field this afternoon and if not too far out of his ground turning for home, he should be the one to beat.
FEVER finished 1.6 lengths behind the top choice last time. He is 1.5kgs better off at the weights today and there should not be much separating the pair in the run down to the line.
LORD OF THE MANOR is better than his last start over 1950m at Hollywoodbets Scottsville. His penultimate run when finishing second over 2000m on this course catches the eye. If putting his best foot forward, he should be involved in the fight to the finish.
TENACIOUS TIME cost himself winning last time as he hung in the latter stages over this C&D. It must be noted that Royal Monarch has come out and won again since. The son of Black Minnaloushe should be cherry-ripe and if keeping on a straight line, he can shed his maiden tag.
KHANYISA INDLELA ran a good race on debut over this C&D. The manner in which he ran on at the finish that day was encouraging. It must be noted that the horse that finished second that day has come out and won twice since. The son of Gimmethegreenlight would have come on from the run and should make the natural improvement to be competitive.
MY LORD AND MASTER has shown some improvement in his last two starts. He steps back over the mile this afternoon and the tongue-tie may do the trick.