Anton Marcus won’t have to change shirts much in Scottsville on Wednesday. He will ride three horses in consecutive races for owner Suzette Viljoen and has a good chance of taking her famous pink and blue silk to victory in all races.
It starts in Race 3, a Maiden Plate over 1750m, in which he teams up with Napoleon, a beautifully bred three-year-old by Rafeef. Justin Snaith’s charge seems overdue for a win, with his downfall so far being inexperience.
Napoleon has done well with Marcus on board before and has a third in Scottsville under his belt, so things could fall into place – while a draw inside could only be an advantage.
Head Gardener and Clean Slate seem to be the only serious challengers.
It’s the same jacket, but a different trainer, for Marcus in Race 4, an MR72 Handicap. Louis Goosen will be the man instructing the ride on Cyber Time, another promising three-year-old.
The horse’s confidence in this horse’s chances rests on his clear preference for the Scottsville track, where he first competed a month ago. He was most impressive in winning 4.40 lengths over 1600m after showing marked improvement in his previous three races and should continue the momentum on this longer journey.
Course-and-range exponents like Billy Bazooka and Living Waters are the threats.
Marcus rounds out his exploits in pink and blue by teaming up again with Snaith in Race 7, a 1600m MR90 Handicap. Tarantino is the runner in question, a very consistent type who switched from the trainer in Cape Town to his satellite stable in Summerveld in December.
Tarantino has had three local orienteering runs, in Greyville, finishing close behind each time. If he can handle the quirks of the Scottsville course, he’s poised to take a third career win.
1: Usually first times; watch the bets.
2: 6 Specially Selected, 11 New Orleans, 8 Ndaka, 5 King’s Spear
3: 10 Noble Storm, 9 Run Again, 11 Bay Of Dreams, 1 Brassi Lassi
4:5 Fearless Kitty, 7 Tempelhoff, 1 Red Hot Chili Girl, 3 Victory Vision
5:1 Napoleon, 7 Head Gardener, 5 Clean Slate, 9 Coral Copy
6: 6 Cyber Time, 8 Living Waters, 2 Billy Bazooka, 1 A Whole New World
7: 7 Tarantino, 8 Master Of Destiny, 3 Southern Cape, 9 Sir Michael
8: 3 Ethiopian Queen, 8 Sashay Away, 9 Princess Donelly, 11 Nikiya
9: 7 Passage Of Power, 5 Irontail, 12 Bernie’s Dream, 4 Beechamwood Boy
Choose 6: 22.214.171.124 x 1.5.7 x 5.8 x 3.6,7,8.9 x 126.96.36.199 x 188.8.131.52 (R1920)
FATHER: 9.10 x 5.7 x 1 x 5 x 3.7,8 x 3.8 x 5.7 (R48)