Mercury Sprint Tips & Betting Preview

By popular demand we have decided to start to look at some of the International racing that is on at weekend luckily we have our own top level contacts in South Africa and around the World so we doubt we go far wrong long term at least! The highest quality race we could find is this just shy of six furlong sprint that takes place at 3.30pm local time at Greyville, home of the Durban July, the Nation’s biggest racing carnival and a frankly amazing day out. Unsurprisingly, this is not really up to that standard, and the track will not be overflowing with 50,000 paying customers either, but those who do show are assured of a good time, plus a nine race card, but we will settle for just this one event for starters.

Shopping around on the local websites we have put together our version of events for a short article that will hopefully come up with a win and an each way bet though it won’t be easy. The biggest question everyone is asking revolves around Legislate who is a really top class son of Dynasty, but trying this sprint trip for the first time since his debut – and he didn’t win then! He has, however, taken numerous grade one races over 1600 meters (a mile) and 2200 meters (eleven furlongs), and although using British racing logic may be a flawed plan over here, I rather doubt we would even back Golden Horn if he was put up against some half decent sprinters and if we are wrong – well he must be some horse, though in trainer Justin Snaith he is handled by one of the mbeore popular trainers so we doubt the facts will put off his supporters. With odds currently unavailable value is not something we can add to the equation (which is a shame), but we are hoping for a bigger price about Carry On Alice who is our tentative selection today (each way). Looked after by Champion trainer elect Sean Tarry, the handler deserves a change of luck after seeing half his runners knocked sideways up the home straight in the July, and this daughter of Captain Al could be the one to do it. She is a sprinter through and through which we see as a real positive, and has clocked some decent times over the trip at Scottsville with just the lack of a win at Greyville (has only ever tried here over further) on her CV and her youth (she is only a three year old) the two things against her. Captain Of All would be the other one we would consider here but he has to give weight away to almost half the field which could be the issue. Now a four year old, he is trained by the excellent Dennis Drier who is nobody’s fool and if he thinks he can give the weight away then he should know better than us? So, in conclusion we are in line for a competitive sprint that has attracted a high class local field – which we hope will turn in to a fight between Carry On Alice and Captain All, though with prices currently unknown which one is each way and which one is win only is open to question.

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