Scrutinize and Danielson become a formidable duo


<p>MIKE de Kock got an answer on Saturday to a question that could well have been puzzling for quite a long time.</p>

<p>How do you get Scrutinize to win? Simple. Just put Raymond Danielson up.<br />
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Danielson has ridden the National Assembly gelding twice, and has won on him both times. The young rider appears to have found just the right remedy for Scrutinize. “Just leave him where he&rsquo;s happy and hold him up as long as possible,&rsquo;&rsquo; was the answer given by Danielson after the race, but it is a mix even more accomplished jockeys have not got right about Scrutinize.</p>
<p>On Saturday there was very little betting support for the De Kock runner who, after opening up at 18-10, was allow to drift to 33-10 before coming back to 3-1 at the off.</p>
<p>Most of the money in the MR 83 Handicap over 1400m on the Turffontein standside track came for Brian Wiid&rsquo;s charge, Sardine Run. He shortened to 8-10 at one point before going out again to start at 12-10.</p>
<p>But Sardine Run never looked liked winning. Piere Strydom was hard at work on him shortly after coming for home345 and his fate was sealed a long way out.</p>
<p>Danielson meanwhile, had Scrutinize beautifully placed on the fence in midfield and once the gap opened up on the fence, he moved the De Kock runner into the lead. “I had to make my move a little too early because I was worried the gap would close. You could see he was slowing up towards the end,&rsquo;&rsquo; explained Danielson.</p>
<p>But they had built up an unassailable lead and still had 2,75 lengths to spare over Secret Sin in second. Just 35 minutes later Danielson was back in the No1 box when bringing home345 the well-backed Secretivity in Race 9 over 1600m. Once again those who watched Danielson in action could only predict a bright future for this youngster.</p>
<p>Secretivity was not an easy ride and Danielson was working on him vigorously shortly after the field swung into the straight. He finally managed to get him by a neck from Cape Chestnut and Virutas but it was indeed comprehensible why trainer Lance Wiid quickly uttered the name of a well-known sitcom. “Everybody loves Raymond,&rsquo;&rsquo; he said with a broad smile.</p>
<p>“Secretivity is an awkward horse so it was very good ride. He&rsquo;s shown a lot back home345 and I think we will have a lot of fun with this one.&rsquo;&rsquo;</p>
<p>Danielson also admitted that Secretivity had plenty room for improvement. “I know this horse from work and he&rsquo;s definitely looking for more ground. When he hit the front today he started looking around. He&rsquo;s still a very dumb horse but he&rsquo;s learning.&rsquo;&rsquo;</p>
<p>There were some surprisingly good value bets available on Saturday&rsquo;s card. Other than Secretivity, who was priced up at 10-1 and who was the Racing Express&rsquo;s value bet on the day, Duke&rsquo;s Lad in Race 5 went off at the generous odds of 10-1.</p>
<p>Based on his last two runs, both over the course and distance, and especially the fourth to Blue Sky County, it was a rare moment of generosity from the bookmakers. He was also equipped with blinkers for the first time and this seemed to work as he jumped on terms.</p>
<p>MJ Odendaal had him towards the rear of the field but some 300m out he slipped through on the rail and tackled long-time leader Coastal Rock.</p>
<p>Once he got to the front there was no stopping him and he went on to beat Ormond Ferraris&rsquo;s runner by a length with Digital Speed the same distance back in third.</p>

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