Wednesday, 03 October 2018 00:05

Jailhouse Rock has the moves

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Justin Snaith-trained Jailhouse Rock, who has come along smartly since being rested, looks ready to post his first feature event win on Wednesday when teamed up with the stable’s frontline jockey Richard Fourie for the first time in Race 6, the Settlers Trophy MR 94 Handicap over 1400m, at Durbanville.

Following a promising third in the maidens over 1600m, and partnered by Grant van Niekerk, this son of Dynasty justified favouritism with a decisive 2.25-length maiden win over 1600m. Then stepping up the distance to 1800m and sent off favourite with Craig Murray up, the colt made light of 61kg with a clear-cut win.

Van Niekerk was recalled for the four-year-old’s subsequent run when up in class and a gallant short-head second in a 1600m MR 90 Handicap. All his runs were at Kenilworth and carrying a handy 53kg and having the advantage of pole position he should make it a winning debut at the country course.

He will have most to fear in Vaughan Marshall-trained Zeb with Greg Cheyne aboard. This five-time winner comes off a smart double – closing his KwaZulu-Natal campaign with a gutsy win over 1400m at the Greyville Polytrack and then following up with a smart one-length win over the same distance at Durbanville.

However, both will have most to fear in Andre Nel-trained four-time winner Hemmingway (Bernard Fayd’Herbe). This four-year-old is in hot form – having won three of his last five starts at Kenilworth and finishing second twice. His last run was a stout effort as he was only reeled in late in a 1600m Pinnacle Stakes.

Though having his first outing after a lengthy layoff and preferring more ground, do not hastily dismiss lightly-raced Dorset Noble (Aldo Domeyer) out of Candice Bass-Robinson’s stable. This Australian-bred two-time winner from just four starts was a resounding 4.25-length winner of the 2400m East Cape Derby at Fairview last time. The five-year-old is likely to race keenly after his layoff and could have a say in the finish.

Next best are Charles and Mac De Lago.


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