Trainer Paul Peter’s 18.5% winner-to-runner ratio makes him one of the South African gambler’s greatest allies in the racing game. He is certainly the man to follow in Turffontein on Tuesday when there is racing on the Inside circuit.
Peter was able to make an early impression with Mychancetodream in Race 1. This young filly disappointed last time when he was heavily supported, but the vet reported that she got stuck in the final stages and got her tongue over the bit.
She sinks into the distance and gets a tie, so similar problems can be avoided. However, the opposition may be a little tougher this time around, with Candice Dawson stablemates Portrayal and Charge Down seeing the likely threats.
Peter has clearer winning chances in Race 4 and 5 with Vegas Hi Rise and Smorgasbord respectively.
The latter is touted as the best bet on the map, thanks to good form over the past 10 months.
The only minor blemish on his record was a distant fourth from the hotshot Desert Miracle in the Grade 2 Graham Back Stakes in October. But Smorgasbord did show early speed in that 1450m encounter and now drops to 1200m. That was also a second start after a break, giving a flat performance at times.
After that run he was neutered by Peter and shot back at his best with a solid 1200m win at the Vaal. Gavinlerena rode him to victory there and returns to try for the follow up.
Peter’s stable jockey Warren Kennedy is the man in charge of probably favorite Suited Connector in Race 8.
This guy is consistent, should have booked a second career win already and could rate a second Peter stable banker for exotic players on a tight budget.
1:1 portrayal, 10 Mychancetodream, 4 Charge Down, 11 Nazdarovya
2:1 Captain Lannister, 4 Sentbydestiny, 6 Team Gold, 2 Fast Love
3: 2 Money Fighter, 6 Grindelwald, 9 Java House, 3 Blue Eyes
4: 7 Vegas Hi Rise, 2 Phinda Mzala, 9 Corvette Captain, 4 South Boy
5: 2 Smorgasbord, 4 Quantum King, 5 Gallic Chief, 6 Bowie
6: 1 Super Handsome, 11 Ideal Wolff, 8 Traveling Wilbury, 6 Southern Song
7: 2 Supreme Quest, 4 Hollywoodbound, 1 Lemon Delight, 6 Prairie Falcon
8: 1 Suited Connector, 4 Dawn Of A New Era, 3 Florentine, 7 Eagle Strike
Choose 6: 1,2,3,6,9,10 x 2,7.9 x 2.4 x 1,6,8,9.11 x 1,2,4.6 x 1.4 (R1440)
FATHER: 1.4 x 2.6.9 x 7 x 2 x 1.8.11 x 2.4 x 1 (R36)