Two banker bets present themselves at Tuesday’s Fairview Polytrack meeting — and, boy, do we need them.
Punting is rarely easy in the bay and this fixture is typical, with different legs of the exotics being very tricky.
One of our potential saviors is Integrity in Race 5, an FM84 Handicap over 1900m. The five-year-old mare was a useful canter while living in Durban with Wendy Whitehead, taking four wins in her 14 starts there.
After moving up the coast to Tara Laing in January, she didn’t miss a beat, form wise, and trotted on her PE debut.
That was a Pinnacle Stakes race and Integrity took a five point credit for her effort. So now she has to carry a few more kilos, but the resistance is not so strong this time and with Richard Fourie returning to his role in the saddle, she inspires confidence.
In the next race, the sixth, also over 1900m, Pink Legacy is the other bank candidate.
She moved on as a girl of reasonable Highveld form, from Mike de Kock’s care to Alan Greeff in December 2021, and was another to make light work of her local debut, with a 3.25 win over the Poly.
Interestingly enough, that was a 1200m sprint, but Greeff immediately saw the lasting potential and sent her over the 1600m and then the 1800m – for a third and a second. The latter saw Pink Legacy appear late at the start, so she clearly has the lungs for this 1900m.
With two bankers in the exotics bank, so to speak, we have room to go wide in other legs, with Race 7 requiring the net to be spread particularly wide.
1: 5 La Fille, 8 Tastemaker, 4 Shooter Of Diamonds, 3 Horace Silver
2:1 Wildest Dreams, 3 Tamil Tiger, 7 St Patrick’s Day, 5 Cape Diamond
3: 4 Var’s Boy, 8 Alado’s Pride, 2 Phil’s Power, 1 Herodotus
4: 2 A Thousand Tunes, 9 Cane Lime ‘N Soda, 4 Morse, 5 Charlie McCreevy
5: 2 Integrity, 7 Wild Creature, 8 Senescence, 11 Kayc Al
6: 2 Pink Legacy, 4 Silvia Louise, 3 Granadilla, 8 Legend Has It
7: 3 Perfect Angel, 7 Buttercup, 9 Sister Freda, 2 Savannah Winter
8: 6 Princess Of Winter, 1 Pam’s Princess, 2 Blindlove, 10 Tide Is High
Choose 6: 1,2,3,4,8,11 x 2,3,4,5,9.11 x 2 x 2 x 2,3,4,5,7,9,11,13 x 1,2 ,4,6,10,11 (R1728)
PA: 1.3 x 2.4.8 x 2.9 x 2 x 2 x 3.7.9 x 1.6 (R72)
*** Photo: horse INTEGRITY or PINK LEGACY ***