Just as it was last weekend, it’s a full weekend of horse racing, starting on Friday night at Greyville where an eight-race program gets the weekend underway. On Saturday, we’re back at Kenilworth before ending proceedings on Sunday at Scottsville.
Race 2 – Geronimo
Geronimo looks like he could finally get out of the maidens here in his 15th run. The son of Toreador was nice and handy when finishing second over 1400m last time out. Now, over the shorter ground, he should be one of the leading contenders in this relatively weak field. Ashton Arries gets the ride for Wendy Whitehead, who owns and trains this 5-year-old gelding.
Race 3 – Sashay Away
Race 3 on Friday’s card looks tricky, but Sashay Away does stand out as the filly with the most class in the race. She’s the most lightly raced horse in the field and has plenty of scope about her. The 4-year-old daughter of Var has run twice over this course and distance, winning by over four lengths in her first start, and then had legitimate excuses in a graded event. Sashay Away has all the makings to be included as one of the better bets on the day.
Race 5 – Question Master
The value bet of the weekend comes in Race 5 on Friday night where Question Master opens up at hefty odds. Thabiso Gumede gets the ride for the first time and there could be plenty more to come. He has been running in a few feature races, and is much better than his last run, losing a length at the start of the race. There’s plenty of value on him to have an each-way bet here.
Race 2 – Gold Poker Game
One of the best bets on Saturday come in Race 2 as S’manga Khumalo jumps aboard Gold Poker Game for the Candice Bass-Robinson stable. The 3-year-old daughter of Gold Standard produced an eye-catching debut run, finishing just under 2 lengths behind Pacific Green. She lost a length at the start of the race and made steady progress in the closing stages, so backing her to claim her first win seems more than likely.
Race 4 – Future Turn
There couldn’t be a better opportunity for Future Turn to come out the maidens here. The 3-year-old son of Futura has improved in each run and now gets the services of an in-form jockey, Keagan De Melo. He disappointed his punters at a short price last time, but can certainly make amends in this field and give Justin Snaith yet another winner.
Race 8 – Gimme’s Lassie
Candice Bass-Robinson is expected to lead another horse into the winner’s enclosure from her stable with Gimme’s Lassie tipped to edge this race. The daughter of Gimmethegreenlight has run second in both her starts to date. She should come on from both runs and will be at home over 1200m. With jockey Keagan De Melo in the saddle, she should be too tough to oppose for this field.
Race 2 – Great Times
Great Times has finished second in his last four starts. He gets the services of in-form Calvin Habib and the pair should really manage to notch up the maiden in this contest. In one run over this trip, he managed to finish in second and that is also one of the main reasons that he should be in the winners’ enclosure again.
Race 3 – Victory Belle
Victory Belle ran an impressive third in her last start at this course. With the experience on this track and the drop in trip, the pair should really be able to notch up the maiden victory as he also gets claiming apprentice Gabriel Pieterse in the irons. The first leg of the pick 6 does look worthy of a banker.