Race 6 No 9 Palo Alto
Since relocating to Port Elizabeth from Cape Town, the Tara Laing-trained Palo Alto has been a completely different thoroughbred, only missing the first three in one of five starts.
He looks unstoppable on current form and considering he comes into today’s contest with a light 53kg to shoulder, he should have absolutely no trouble outclassing this lot and recording a third consecutive triumph.
Race 5 No 1 Madame Speaker
Although Madame Speaker is yet to win over this course and distance, she has finished close-up second in both attempts.
One thing her form proves is that she simply doesn’t know how to run a bad race.
Madame Speaker has recorded seven victories, just as many seconds and three thirds from 17 outings. She made light work of a decent field when skipping 2.50 lengths clear of Sao Paulo last time out.
Although she doesn’t top the best-weighted column, the runner who does – Miss Smarty Pants – is returning from a 161-day layoff so she is unlikely to outrun the selection.
Race 4 No 6 Silva Magic
Master Of My Fate filly, Silva Magic showed tremendous courage when – despite being bumped a few times in running – she gutsily powered through to deny Magic Mountain victory by a short-head.
Her case is further strengthened by the fact Magic Mountain went on to frank that form line.
Returning to the same venue – over 100m less – and jumping from a No 6 draw in this 12-horse field, Silva Magic looks Pick 6 banker material. She oves this course and is actually yet to miss the first three placings on it.
Race 7 No 7 Dispicable
Tony Rivalland-trained Dispicable was backed to win on the first time of asking and win he did, flawlessly outclassing Lord Caro by an extending 3.20 lengths over this course and distance.
He was far from disgraced in her handicap debut when sitting handy and being caught late by Coldhardcash, beaten no more than 1.75 lengths.
He is still learning his trade so can only get better. The only concern is the fact this Var gelding will have to jump from the widest draw of all.
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