Big Burn to cast a spell

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Big Burn to cast a spell

BIG BURN

Jack Milner: We are only a few weeks away from the start of the Highveld autumn season with the Grade 1 Gauteng Guineas and Gauteng Fillies Guineas scheduled to be run on Saturday 5 February.

Those two races see the start of the SA Triple Crown and Wilgerbosdrift SA Triple Tiara so warm-ups for those features now begin in earnest.

As a result we have some excellent racing at Turffontein on Saturday where we have some top horses in action.

Heading up the card is the Listed Swallow Stakes for three-year-old fillies over 1160m and although only six runners have been carded to go to post, it looks quit a competitive race.

The two best performers in the line-up are Big Burn from the Paul Peter yard and Sean Tarry-trained Under Your Spell. Both were leading juveniles last season and have trained on well.

The edge in this race has to lie with Big Burn, who beat Under Your Spell by 1.60 lengths in the Grade 2 Joburg Spring Fillies And Mares Challenge over 1450m on the Inside track at Turffontein in October.

Under Your Spell is 1kg better off but that should not be enough to reverse the form.

Last time out Big Burn ran in the Grade 3 Magnolia Handicap over this course and distance but was touched off by another Tarry-trained filly, Sound Of Warning, going down by 0.25 lengths, but giving the winner 1.5kg.

Tarry rates Sound Of Warning highly and took the filly to Cape Town to contest the Grade 2 Cartier Sceptre Stakes over 1200m at Kenilworth. She was priced up favourite for that event but had to be withdrawn at the start due to circumstances beyond her control.

Warren Kennedy rides Big Burn, while Calvin Habib will be aboard Under Your Spell.

Peter has good back-up in Freed From Desire and she is pretty speedy, too. She will be chasing a fourth successive victory and has a top jockey in Gavin Lerena in the irons.

Every time War Of Athena comes to the racetrack it is a special occasion so most pundits will be delighted to see this four-year-old daughter of Act Of War line up in Race 4, a Pinnacle Stakes over 1400m.

Paul Matchett’s charge is preparing to line up in the Cape Town Met at Kenilworth on Saturday 29 January and this will be her final warm-up run for the Grade 1 race over 2000m.

This distance is a little on the sharp side for her but she does have a record of three wins and two places from five runs over 1400m at this track.

Ironically, one of the horses who inflicted one of those defeats will line up against her and that is MK’s Pride. It was in the Ready To Run Cup that Paul Peter’s charge fought on strongly to gain a miniscule victory over the filly.

Both have come on a lot since then but interestingly, MK’s Pride is now 1.5kg better off so we could be in for a fascinating race.    

S’manga Khumalo, who rode War Of Athena on that occasion, will be aboard MK’s Pride this time while Muzi Yeni will replace Khumalo aboard War Of Athena for this clash.

 

Jack Milner’s selections

Race 1: 7 Dhanteras, 1 Miss Otis, 2 Elusive Rocket, 9 Mon Tresor

Race 2: 1 Majestic Mozart, 5 William Robertson, 2 Pack Leader, 4 Indlamu

Race 3: 12 Positive Attitude, 2 With Pleasure, 9 Dawn Mission, 3 Master Of Coin

Race 4: 3 War Of Athena, 2 Mk’s Pride, 10 Sentbydestiny, 6 Ikigai

Race 5: 1 Ablaan, 9 Zanetto, 2 Look Yourself, 7 Secret Is Ours

Race 6: 10 Sweet Future, 7 Celestial Love, 4 Rivarine, 2 Battle Force

Race 7: 2 Big Burn, 1 Under Your Spell, 3 Freed From Desire, 5 Shield Of Roses

Race 8: 7 Cleaver Greene, 5 Spanish Boy, 8 Goethe, 2 Ultra Quick

Race 9: 8 Zeus, 3 Twin Turbo, 1 Eskimo Pie, 7 Zuzan

 

BEST BET

Race 9 No 8 Zeus

VALUE BET

Race 6 No 10 Sweet Charity                          

BEST SWINGER

Race 2 1×5

 

BIPOT

R288

Leg 1: 1, 5

Leg 2: 2, 9, 12

Leg 3: 2, 3

Leg 4: 1, 2, 9

Leg 5: 2, 4, 7, 10

Leg 6: 1, 2

 

PLACE ACCUMULATOR

R144

Leg 1: 2, 9, 12

Leg 2: 2, 3

Leg 3: 1, 9

Leg 4: 4, 7, 10

Leg 5: 1, 2

Leg 6: 5, 7

Leg 7: 8

 

PICK 6

R864

Leg 1: 2, 3, 6, 10

Leg 2: 1, 2, 7, 9

Leg 3: 1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11

Leg 4: 1, 2

Leg 5: 5, 7, 8

Leg 6: 8

 

 

JACKPOT 1

R216

Leg 1: 1, 2, 7, 9

Leg 2: 1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11

Leg 3: 1, 2

Leg 4: 5, 7, 8

 

JACKPOT 2

R54

Leg 1: 1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11

Leg 2: 1, 2

Leg 3: 5, 7, 8

Leg 4: 8

               

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