The stable has had an extraordinary run of runner-up berths in recent weeks and finally broke the chain at Scottsville yesterday with Fire Song who was in the last chance saloon after a string of disappointing runs.
Duncan thought the switch to Scottsville had made all the difference. I think the difference as that he was back on turf, not that there was anything wrong with the poly track but rather the short run-in. He gets out of his ground and comes flying at the finish but can never make up the ground.
Always travelling well under Muzi Yeni, the colt looked set for a romp in the park but when the taps were turned on, the water was slow to flow. I was going so easy, I thought I would win by five or six (lengths), I think he needs gelding, said Yeni. If he gets his mind on the job he can win a few more.
Good luck to Dave MacLean who will be on tenterhooks along with Duncan these next two weeks with Fiorella running in the Vodacom Durban July. Draws have not been kind to the stable of late so hopefully there will be a change of fortune come Tuesday.