Tevez is well-nigh impossible to oppose in the Racing. It’s a Rush Pinnacle Stakes at Kenilworth tomorrow and he is a confident selection to overcome both top weight and a 12-week lay-off.
Aldo Domeyer’s mount won a similar race last year, albeit over a furlong less and run three weeks later, and his close-up fifth in the Cape Flying Championship suggests he is as good as ever.
“He has had a break and he will need it a bit,” warns Candice Bass-Robinson who adds “but he is the best horse in the race.”
Indeed he is. The handicappers reckon he has 2.5kg in hand over the next best (Heartland) and he is considered to be better over this trip despite that blistering run in the Cape Flying.
That would have entitled him to have another crack at the best in the Computaform Sprint but he has not been entered as his stable points out that in a few months he will be eight years old.
Heartland has not raced for nearly five months and in any case he is probably better over an extra furlong and La Favourari probably represents a bigger threat. He surprised Andre Nel when winning a 1 000m pinnacle five weeks ago but there were enough hard luck stories behind him to fill a punter’s notebook and the favourite should have his measure.
Line Break, the favourite’s stable companion, has made the frame on his last two starts but he is 5kg (over four lengths) wrong with Tevez on adjusted handicap ratings.
Purple Mountains has not been seen since finishing plumb last in the Diadem 14 weeks ago – he was returned not striding out – and is well-nigh impossible to fancy while The Stone Thrower has the most to do on ratings.
Recent Kenilworth two-year-old races have proved difficult to predict with the last four winners averaging 25-1 and only two outright favourites successful in the nine events so far this month. Just about the only positive is the success rate of the Ramsden horses which have won eight of the last 18.
The stable’s Rommel may have improved enough to reverse placings with Royal Marine in the first where Victorious Captain is an obvious danger.
The second juvenile race is trickier. Donovan Dillon partners Bayeto but stable companion Blow In The Box made up a lot of ground in the closing stages when unfancied on debut and may beat Phelan Lucky.
G3 - Mooresbridge
G3 - Athasi
G3 - The Longines Sagaro Stakes (class 1)
G3 - The Meriebelle Stable Pavilion Stakes (class 1)
Listed - Dahlia Plate