Conditions suit Emerald Palace

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Conditions suit Emerald Palace

NATIE KOTZEN

Jack Milner: Emerald Palace in Race 3 could be the best banker on Monday’s Greyville card.

Emerald Palace is one of those runners you don’t mind owning – as long as you don’t keep betting on her.

The three-year-old daughter of Potala Palace has raced seven times and has placed in six of them. That means she is continually earning money and is at least, paying her way. She has gone off as the favourite in four of her starts and that has made her quite costly to follow.   

However, it is frustrating when your runner looks a winner, only to get caught late, as was the case last time. That was in a Maiden Plate over 1800m on the Greyville turf.

On Monday, trainer Natie Kotzen sends her out in Race 3, another Maiden Plate for fillies and mares over 1800m, but this time it is on the Polytrack. She has raced twice on the surface and placed on both occasions, but those races were over 1400m. Based on her breeding, Emerald Palace should be better suited to 1800m as she is out of a Black Minnaloushe mare.

To add some impetus to her winning chances, Kotzen has engaged apprentice Thabiso Gumede for the ride and he will take 2.5kg off her back. This 19-year-old has ridden 39 winners and just needs one to have his allowance reduced to 1.5kg.

This is a very difficult card, as is so often the case with Monday meetings on the Polytrack, as it is made up of three Maiden Plates and five low-level handicaps. It is often better to find a banker in Plate races and on this occasion, Emerald Palace could be the answer.

Her main danger looks to be Diamonds And Toads, who tries this distance for the first time and will be running in blinkers, also for the first time.

 

Jack Milner’s selections

Race 1: 2 Tenacious Time, 5 Shamoosi, 1 Silver Palace, 13 Parallel Universe
Race 2: 2 Stone Of Destiny, 3 Morse, 6 Linnbara, 1 Just Perfect
Race 3: 8 Emerald Palace, 7 Diamonds And Toads, 9 Maxine Du Monde, 3 Papillion
Race 4: 1 Bell Jar, 10 Santa Vittoria, 8 Ingakara, 4 Que For You
Race 5: 2 Voice Of Reason, 8 Dream Destiny, 7 Long Reign, 6 Roy’s Physco
Race 6: 2 A Whole New World, 4 Straight Up, 3 Rain Dance, 7 What A Blast
Race 7: 10 Hot Money, 1 To The Max, 8 Freestate Star, 3 Tupelo Honey
Race 8: 9 Charlie-Fox, 6 Noemi, 3 Justaguything, 11 Alphamikefoxtrot

BEST BET

Race 3 No 8 Emerald Palace

VALUE BET

Race 5 No 2 Voice Of Reason

BEST SWINGER

Race 3 7×8

 

BIPOT

R288

Leg 1: 1, 2, 5, 13

Leg 2: 2, 3, 6

Leg 3: 8

Leg 4: 1, 10

Leg 5: 2, 6, 7, 8

Leg 6: 2, 3, 4

 

PLACE ACCUMULATOR

R216

Leg 1: 2, 3

Leg 2: 8

Leg 3: 1, 10

Leg 4: 2, 7, 8

Leg 5: 2, 4

Leg 6:  1, 8, 10

Leg 7: 3, 6, 9

 

PICK 6

R1800

Leg 1: 8

Leg 2: 1, 4, 8, 10

Leg 3: 1, 2, 6, 7, 8

Leg 4: 2, 3, 4, 6, 7

Leg 5: 1, 8, 10

Leg 6:  2, 3, 5, 6, 9

 

JACKPOT 1

R300

Leg 1: 1, 4, 8, 10

Leg 2: 1, 2, 6, 7, 8

Leg 3: 2, 3, 4, 6, 7

Leg 4: 1, 8, 10

 

JACKPOT 2

R450

Leg 1: 1, 2, 6, 7, 8

Leg 2: 2, 3, 4, 6, 7

Leg 3: 1, 8, 10

Leg 4:  2, 3, 5, 6, 9

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