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Tuesday, 07 March 2017 07:16

Top Shot is gunning for another victory

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Top Shot looks the form horse in Race 7 at Turffontein on Tuesday, a MR 88 Handicap over 1600m on the Inside track.

In his last start, the Gary Alexander-trained runner showed a lot of courage to hold off the attentions of Irish Pride in a Pinnacle Stakes over 1600m on the Standside track. Shrewdly ridden by JP van de Merwe, Top Shot got the advantage over his rival and kept on strongly to beat him by 0.50 lengths.

Irish Pride franked the form by winning the Listed Wolf Power 1600m on the Inside track, holding off Rafeef by 0.80 lengths and trainer Mike de Kock’s charge further confirmed that form by coming out on top in the Grade 2 Hawaii Stakes over 1400m at Turffontein on Saturday.

So, that makes Top Shot’s last run extremely impressive and he could have too much in hand for his rivals in this event. Andrew Fortune is back aboard the five-year-old gelding. However, it is a handicap and they often throw up upsets. Nonetheless, there are some form lines that back-up Top Shot’s credibility.

The De Kock yard send out Fareeq, but he was beaten five lengths by Irish Pride in the Wolf Power and, at the weights, should battle to beat Top Shot.

The main threat could come from Sean Tarry-trained Bold Viking. This three-year-old son of Black Minnaloushe won on debut and then was sent to KwaZulu-Natal to contest the R1-million Bloodstock SA Million Sprint (Non-Black Type) over 1200m at Scottsville in August last year. He lost ground at the start, cast a shoe and did well to finish sixth, 5.65 lengths behind Hack Green.

He had two more runs, including the Grade 3 Graham Beck Stakes over 1400m on the Standside track but failed to perform. Bold Viking was then gelded and came back well to run a 1.45-length fourth behind Golden Man in a MR 80 Handicap at the Vaal.

This time he will race with blinkers and, with just 52kg and in-form apprentice Lyle Hewitson on his back, Bold Viking could be upset material.

Cockade seems to have taken a while to come to his best but he was lightly raced and now the six-year-old seems to be enjoying his racing. Lucky Houdalakis has his string in form and, if he does have the necessary class, Cockade has to be a contender. He is drawn well and has Marco van Rensburg in the irons.

Stablemate Street Flyer won over 1400m at the Vaal last Thursday with Piere Strydom up and will now carry 55kg. He has won over 1800m and could follow up. Karl Zechner rides.


Jack Milner


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