There are few things more frustrating in a racing yard than elevated temperatures and while Cape Town appears to have their version, so does KZN with a number of runners missing yesterdays Scottsville meeting due to temperatures and respiratory infections.
The Racing. Its a Rush Pinnacle Stakes only drew eight runners and that was cut to five as Mark Dixon had two casualties due to respiratory infections and Marsala missed her engagement after being cast in her box.
Duncan Howells also had a patient on his hands with the well fancied Holy Flame forced to miss the last race on the card but he took full toll in the Pinnacle Stakes as his runners bagged the first three places for staunch owner Dave MacLean.
Dawn Calling is probably the best Novice in racing and for the ninth time in her career had to settle for a runner-up berth as stable companion Fiorella got the better of her in a tight finish with the least fancied Girl In Gold holding on to third from top weight Lala.
It was always going to be a race where tactics were going to play a big part and it was left to Anton Marcus to make the bidding as he allowed Dawn Calling to pull herself to the front with Anthony Delpech settling Fiorella off the pace, kept company by Lala.
Dawn Calling was keen throughout and although Marcus tried to keep some gas in the tank when challenged, the needle quickly dropped to empty when Fiorella arrived with a telling challenge.