Racing is on the inside track and trainer Sean Tarry holds a very strong hand in Race 5, a MR 90 Handicap over 1800m. He saddles three runners in Tiger’s Retreat, Selborne Supremacy and Perigrine and the coupling should be a Pick 6 banker. However, one might need to put all three into the Jackpot.
Of the three Tarry prefers Peregrine, the mount of S’manga Khumalo, although he does have a reservation. “Perigrine is probably the right one although I’m not convinced the inside course will suit him. But he’s ably backed up by his stable companions.’’
Perigrine likes to come from off them but it there is no obvious pacemaker in this eight-horse field.
That could well present Piere Strydom with the ideal opportunity to take Selborne Supremacy to the front and set a suitably sedate pace. The five-year-old son of Kahal has raced 10 times at this course for three wins and three places, so he could turn out to be the most track-and-distance-suited of the trio.
He won well over 1900m at Clairwood two runs back, so the distance should prove no obstacle.
His last start was not bad, either, as he finished a 3.50-length fourth behind Bravura in a MR 99 Handicap over 1600m at Clairwood.
Perigrine has raced twice at this track with mixed results. He finished unplaced last October after a rest of almost six months but raced in steel shoes and was tried in blinkers for the first time.
His earlier start was, in retrospect, a cracker. Running in a Graduation Plate over this distance, Perigrine flew late to finish a 1.50-length second behind Pomodoro.
The problem is that run supports the theory that he could end up too far back as he made up 7.70 lengths over the final 400m.
Tarry admits that he has no idea as to whether Tiger’s Retreat will see out 1800m. “There’s only one way to find out,’’ he said.
Tiger’s Retreat has won over 1600m at the course, so that augurs well for his chances but he does have to carry 63kg. Robbie Fradd takes the ride.
Looking beyond the Tarry coupling, Arctic Call could be the main threat.
He runs well at this course and last time out finished 3.25 lengths behind Perigrine over 1800m on the standside course. He is 1.5kg better off and although that is not enough to turn the tables, the change in course could work in his favour.
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