South Africa Racing – Only Hearts totally rock

Jockey Anton Marcus (Credits to Gold Circle)

It is another big day at Greyville. The headliner –  the Grade 2 World Sports Betting 1900 (Race 7) – looks a humdinger while the supporting act – the Listed KRA East Coast Cup (Race 6) has attracted a good sized field and a possible best bet.

However, the earlier races promise quick returns. Only Hearts is finally racing over 1400m, a distance she should relish and, after running second (finishing fast) three times in a row over 1200m, she can open her account. She meets a competitive field in Race 2 – a Maiden Juvenile Plate for fillies – and as such could deliver at decent odds.

It could be worth taking the double with Totally Rocks in Race 3. This filly put in a promising display on debut at Scottsville, finding one better, and again showed last time that 1000m was too short when battling to quicken after getting into contention when first up at Greyville.


She is now going 1200m, knows the track and Anton Marcus sticks with her, which suggest we should do the same in this Maiden Plate for fillies and mares.

It could be Slurricane’s day as well. This well-bred son of hot stallion Vercingetorix has plenty going for him in Race 4, a Maiden Plate over 1000m. He was very green on debut, lost ground on the turn but ranged up to finish a short head behind re-opposing King’s Spear who has had many chances.

He should easily turn that form around and having drawn well alongside speedy Highveld-based filly Floreana Island, should have every chance of chasing her down.

The above three could be added to She’s A Keeper who could well be the best bet on the day. The last time the best-weighted five-year-old mare ran over this track and trip she won the Grade 2 Gold Bracelet by an impressive four lengths. In fact, she has five wins for six starts at Greyville with the only unplaced performance being a no-show in the big one, the Durban July, where she raced wide.

Go wide in the World Sports Betting 1900. Two-time Durban July winner Do It Again is one to beat at the weights, but the rest are all hard knockers who if deposing him could launch a justified assault on the Grade 1 Durban July.

Clive Robinson