Grade 1 form at Turffontein

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Grade 1 form at Turffontein

MK'S PRIDE

Jack Milner: Two horses who made names for themselves last season will return to the racecourse at Turffontein on Saturday.

Under Your Spell and MK’s Pride will make their seasonal debuts in respective Pinnacles Stakes race over 1450m in the Inside track.

MK’s Pride will be having his first race since finishing a 0.35-length third behind Pearl Of Asia in the Grade 1 Mercury Sprint at Greyville in July.

Paul Peter’s charge makes his appearance in Race 6, a Pinnacle Stakes over 1450m on the Inside track.

He is one of the stable’s leading lights and while he has yet to win a Grade 1 race, he is rarely far behind. 

“He’s been beaten under a length in two Group 1 races and travelled to Durban four times during the season,” said Peter. “I’ve given him a break, but he is back in work and has done quite a bit of sand work.”

While his last few races have been over 1200m, there is no doubt that this is his best distance.

He has won his only race over this course and distance and in his other three races over 1400m on the Standside track, he has notched up two wins – over War Of Athena and Got The Greenlight – and finished a 0.50-length second behind stable companion Catch Twentytwo in the Tony Ruffel Stakes.

He raced in blinkers in his last two starts over 1200m but they have been removed for this event.

He is marginally the best handicapped runner but his form is so much better than his rivals, this son of Willow Magic looks the best bet on the card.

Warren Kennedy has ridden him nine times for four wins and four places, and he will be back on board for this race.

MK’s Pride will in all likelihood, be aimed at the Grade 2 Joburg Spring Challenge over this course and distance on Saturday 2 October.

Sean Tarry-trained Under Your Spell has not been seen since winning the Grade 1 Allan Robertson Championship over 1200m at Scottsville on 6 June. The three-year-old filly is carded to run in Race 7, a Pinnacle Stakes for fillies and mares.

The daughter of Capetown Noir, winner of four of her five starts, will be trying the distance for the first time and will be having her first race around the turn.

While Tarry is not a trainer who brings unfit horses to the racetrack, she still could be in need of a pipe opener.

While at her best, she should be too good for this field but she has just turned three and will be taking on some highly experienced older runners.

With that in mind, it could be wise to add some other runners in the Pick 6 and Jackpot. Ululate has a record of two wins from three starts over the course and distance, and as she will receive 3.5kg from Under Your Spell, St John Gray’s runner is worth including, as is Now You See Me from the Lucky Houdalakis yard.

 

Jack Milner’s selections

Race 1: 8 Verolina, 6 Back To Formentera, 4 Stolen Kiss, 7 Meadow Beauty

Race 2: 1 Successful Ruler, 5 Eights Enough, 2 Wildeye, 4 Orgetorix

Race 3: 3 Wave Warrior, 2 Motown Magic, 5 Equillo, 8 Rosso Corsa

Race 4: 8 Mike’s Chick, 6 Kizzmekia, 7 Lady Fair, 9 The Entertainer

Race 5: 2 Theory Of Flight, 1 Sea Ways, 3 Ballon D’Or, 4 Suited Connector

Race 6: 2 MK’s Pride, 4 Bingwa, 1 Expressfromtheus, 5 Approach Control

Race 7: 4 Under Your Spell, 5 Ululate, 8 Now You See Me, 7 Anne Boleyn

Race 8: 2 Sweet And Spicy, 1 Querari Ferrari, 7 Hotchiwitchi, 4 Kay Tee Perry

Race 9: 2 Strada Statale, 3 Marigold Hotel, 1 Little Rain, 5 Fire Flower

 

BEST BET

Race 6 No 2 MK’s Pride

VALUE BET

Race 9 No 2 Strada And Spicy

BEST SWINGER

Race 3 3×5

 

BIPOT

R144

Leg 1: 1, 5

Leg 2: 2, 3

Leg 3: 6, 7, 8

Leg 4: 1, 2, 3, 4

Leg 5: 2

Leg 6: 4, 5, 8

 

PLACE ACCUMULATOR

R162

Leg 1: 6

Leg 2: 6, 7, 8

Leg 3: 1, 2, 3

Leg 4: 2

Leg 5: 4, 5

Leg 6: 1, 2, 7

Leg 7: 1, 2, 3

 

PICK 6

R1800

Leg 1: 6, 7, 8, 9

Leg 2: 1, 2, 3, 4, 6

Leg 3: 2

Leg 4: 4, 5, 8

Leg 5: 1, 2, 4, 7, 8

Leg 6: 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 10

 

JACKPOT 1

R75

Leg 1: 1, 2, 3, 4, 6

Leg 2: 2

Leg 3: 4, 5, 8

Leg 4: 1, 2, 4, 7, 8

 

JACKPOT 2

R90

Leg 1: 2

Leg 2: 4, 5, 8

Leg 3: 1, 2, 4, 7, 8

Leg 4: 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 10

   

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