Strike with Keagan de Melo’s hot streak

Jockey Keagan de Melo had a weekend to remember and was able to extend the winning run until Monday when he continues his “frequent flyer” campaign in Greyville at the Polytrack.

He landed a triple in Cape Town on Saturday, including the Grade 2 Diadem Stakes on the Dean Kannemeyer-trained Cosmic Highway, before jumping to Joburg on Sunday to send home the impressive juvenile Karangetang ahead of Johan Janse van Vuuren in the Listed Storm Bird Stakes in Turf fountain.

Monday to Durban and De Melo has seven bookings for various trainers. They all have good odds, but perhaps the best are Antico Amore for Andre Nel in Race 1, Caesura for Alyson Wright in Race 4 and Hot Strike for Mark Dixon in Race 8.

Caesura seems to be one of the better bets on the day. The six-time winner has been in excellent shape lately and clearly enjoys cantering on the Poly.

Two minor doubts about the six-year-old are his 61kg load and the fact that he has only completed the 2000m of this competition once – without success. In contrast, he has earned his credit through honest efforts over the years, finishing second at 1900m and 1800m in his last two starts.

Hot Strike in the latter is another with clever shape. De Melo partnered the four-year-old filly in her first win last August and was on board when she placed second in Scottsville on her latest outing.

Here’s the question mark over her Poly aptitude, with her best performance on grass. But her experiences on the artificial surface were earlier in her career and she has clearly matured and improved since then.


1:1 Ladies Day, 6 Antica Amore, 2 Winter Journey, 4 Perfect Appeal

2: 5 Trident King, 1 Bush Fire, 2 Without Doubt, 8 Rain Of Shine

3:1 Shape Of You, 4 Purple Nkanyezi, 5 Ice Sunsation, 2 Tupelo Honey

4: 8 Caesura, 5 Deep Global, 1 Galabier, 9 Fever

5:1 King’s Cove, 9 Living Waters, 2 Querari’s Cowboy, 3 Manhattan Café

6: 4 Time To Roll, 6 All Aglow, 2 Bella Siccone, 1 Chanty Lane

7: 3 Ibutho, 5 Airway Law, 9 Cupid’s Song, 4 Master Tobe

8: 2 Hot Strike, 3 Angel Of Justice, 8 Hatta, 1 Hot Money

Choose 6: 1,2,4,5 x 1,5.8 x 1,2,3,4,7.9 x 1,2,4.6 x 2,3,4,5,7.9 x 2.3, 8 (R1728)

FATHER: 1.5 x 1.4 x 8 x 1.2.9 x 4.6 x 3.5.9 x 2 (R72)

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