The local Pick 6 on Marshalls World Of Sports Gold Cup day at Hollywodbets Greyville on Saturday is always worth playing because with a number of tough hurdles to overcome the dividend is usually healthy, so a good start in the first leg, the Grade 2 Epol Umkhomazi Stakes (1200m) will be a big help.
The Lucky Houdalakis-trained Dyce makes appeal here from a good draw. This William Longsword colt is out of a Galileo mare who won second time out over 1600m and never won again. However, Dyce has been shown to have a lot of speed and 1200m has so far looked to be his best trip. After an eyecatching 1,10 length fourth on debut over 1200m to the talented Pyromniac, he finished a 0,75 length second over 1200m to the well regarded William Robertson, who franked the form by finishing a 0,75 length third to the previous Grade 1 Gold Medallion runner up Bard Of Avon in the BSA Sales Cup over 1300m at Hollywoodbets Greyville.
Dyce then lost his maiden tag with a 9,25 length win over 1200m. In his only subsequent run he was beaten over the too sharp 1000m by the well regarded Master Archie and the rest of the field were 7,50 lengths further back. Dyce should be up with he pace early on Saturday and should stay on so looks to be a big runner.
Silver Salmon, interestingly, beat Master Archie second time out over 1000m at Durbanville having lost by a head to the subsequent Grade 3 Cape Of Good Hope Nursery and Listed Cell C Sharks Gatecrasher Stakes winner Cosmic Highway by a head on debut. Silver Salmon finished a 4,20 length ninth in the Gold Medallion so he is held by a few here on that run and it places a question mark on Dyce's form too.
Dyce could get a lead from the number seven drawn Gallic Chief. This Vercingetorix gelding was beaten just one length by Bard Of Avon when leading and finishing third in the Gold Medallion so there is not much between him and Dyce on a line through the latter.
The only filly in the race is Bon Vivant so she gets 2,5kg from the males. However, it is difficult to understand her status as favourite despite clearly having scope for improvement as her three runs for a third, a win and a second have not come in strong fields and last time out she was beaten two lengths in a mid-winter Juvenile Plate for fillies over 1160m at Turffontein Standside despite having a favourable high draw.
Isvunguvungu has plenty of pace but he will have to settle better than he did when 0,6 lengths behind Gallic Chief in the Gold Medallion where he finished fifth. If he does settle he will be a big runner.
It's About Time finished tenth in the Gold Medallion, beaten 3,2 lengths by Gallic Chief but followed with a good 1,50 length fourth in the Grade 2 Durban Golden Horseshoe over 1400m. This will be his third start in KZN and he should be staying on from a wide draw.
The dark horse in the race is the classy-looking Dockofthebay who won impressively in January over 1000m but was then laid off for close to six months. He was not at all disgraced in his comeback when fourth against some useful older horses over 1100m, although he does now have his second run after that long layoff.
Another Gauteng raider Who's That Star ran on well for second on Saturday over 1000m at Turffontein and is drawn well in five but Calvin Habib has jumped ship onto KZN gelding Faustino, who set the pace in the BSA Sales Cup and stayed on well enough to finish a 2,20 length sixth. Faustino will likely appreciate the step down to 1200 and has a better draw this time of six.
Edgartown finished a 5,60 length seventh in the BSA Cape Yearling Sale Cup over 1200m despite losing a couple of lengths at he start and he burst through threateningly at the 300m mark before being swamped. He is better than his subsequent form suggests. However, he did only beat Crested Eagle by half-a-length on debut over 1000m and the latter took nine runs to get out of the maidens, so both of these runners are, not surprisingly, long shots.
Rodriguez won his last start over 1200m at Hollywoodbets Scottsville by three lengths. The collateral form does not work out too well but he is on the up, although he does have the widest draw of all to overcome.
Kuuma took seven runs to win his maiden and gave Crested Eagle 2kg when winning that 1200m poly event by a length.
The Greyville meeting will be broadcast on Sky Racing.