Highveld visitors try to steal lunch from locals in Greyville

Highveld trainers have recently profitably cruised the N3 to KwaZulu-Natal, sending select horses to take advantage of conditions other than at home – whether it be the underfoot convenience of the Greyville Polytrack or the quirks of Scottsville.

On Monday, there are four upcountry conditioners in Greyville and can get away with some decent swag.

St John Gray has good prospects in Race 4, a MR67 Handicap over 1700m. His two runners, Wondering Star and Liverpool Legend, will no doubt battle the finish line and are essential for Swinger, Trifecta and Quartet betting – along with local hopes Pashtunwali and Roy’s Command.

Gray’s third traveler, Sound Of Hounds in the seventh, is also not to be missed. With two wins and a place from three starts, the three-year-old colt looks a little special and is likely to start a short-priced favourite.

Earlier in the day, Wildeye could enjoy the smell of sea air after a trip to trainer Johan Janse van Vuuren’s Turffontein stables. This guy has only missed prize money in one of his eight starts and falls straight into the “overdue” category.

A propensity to persevere has so far thwarted his attempts to win, but putting on blinders—along with kindness and the services of in-form Keagan de Melo in the irons—could make Wildeye crack the girl.

One of the visitors who might be able to offer something of value is Clinton Binda’s Purple Shadow in Race 8, an FM 65 Handicap over 1400m.

This filly has been to Durban before and broke her virginity at the Poly in March 2021. She had a long break at the end of the year and this is her highlight after getting back into action.


1: 2 True Advisor, 4 Gimme A Lullaby, 6 Her Royal Majesty, 8 Magicallee

2: 2 Wild Eyes, 1 Elusive Dream, 5 Wildfires, 6 Word for Word

3:6 Let’s not linger, 5 bell jar, 4 blue sails, 1 dancing sword

4: 3 Wondering Star, 6 Liverpool Legend, 8 Roy’s Command, 5 Pashtunwali

5:1 Techno Savvy, 9 Hey Bill, 7 Final Occasion, 3 Flying Grace

6: 1 seventh track, 3 free run, 7 Leslies Pathtofame, 2 French masterpiece

7: 7 Sound Of Hounds, 3 Cape Eagle, 6 Patronage, 8 Mr Molony

8: 11 Winter’s Destiny, 10 Purple Shadow, 2 Zulu War Cry, 1 Capriccio

Choose 6: 1,3,4,5,6 x 3,5,6,8 x 1,2,3,7,9 x 1,2,3,7 x 3.7 x 2,10,11 (R2400 )

PA: 2 x 4.5.6 x 3.6 x 1.9 x 1.3 x 7 x 10.11 (R48)

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