Follow Marcus at Greyville
Saying veteran jockey Anton Marcus has been dominating the KZN racing scene of late is an understatement. Going through Sunday’s Greyville card one can’t help but foresee him scoring a couple more winners, making him the man to follow on the day.
Marcus reunites with Desmond Egdes-trained Flower Blue in Race 1, a Maiden Plate over 1200m on the Polytrack. The pair will be looking to redeem themselves from their last run when beaten 2.40 lengths in third by Bye Bye Baby. This three-year-old son of National Emblem wasn’t disgraced in that outing, considering it came after a three-month layoff and that he lost a length at the start.
Flower Blue should be in fine fettle now making him very hard to outshine. He’ll have a little more in his favour in that he’s the best-handicapped runner, jumps from a good No 5 draw and will shoulder 60kg – 2.5kg more than Up In Smoke, which on paper shouldn’t be too much of a disadvantage.
In perhaps one of the safer bets on the card, Marcus will ride classy Palladium in Race 2, a MR 80 Handicap over 1200m. A son of Silvano, this three-year-old has run against stronger fields so should have the upper hand. Palladium was heavily backed without winning in his last five starts.
He won his first race over 1200m so I’m hoping the return to 1200m, along with a recent gelding operation will do the trick, helping him return to winning ways. Palladium will shoulder 61.5kg and will have to overcome No 8 draw. However, his class should see him through.
Ironically both runners will carry the No 1 saddlecloth in their respective races and could well be first past the winning post.
Patrick Nkosi www.tabnews.co.za