On a day that at first glance promised much, it all looked in danger of going pear-shaped after a few of the stables fancied runners ran below expectations at Greyville yesterday while others had not luck in running.
That all changed as Neptune’s Rain cracked her string of places to win a smart handicap from the more than useful Lala. A relieved Anthony Delpech, who also looked to have a book of exceptional rides, gave Dave MacLean’s filly a confident ride, up with the pace throughout and fighting on smartly when it
mattered. Delpech confirmed that Neptune’s Rain is above average so we can expect another win or two from the daughter of Antonius Pius.
Apprentice races are always something of a lottery as the young rides fight for domatory braggingrights but the Soccer 6 Apprentice Plate resembled the Charge of the Light Brigade as a field of ‘unguided missiles’ headed for home. Chief sufferer was Byline who was bowled out of contention but apprentice Khanya Sakayi avoided most of the roadblocks and bravely brought Roy’s Kaitrina through from nearly last. He punched his way through a closing gap to get up on the line much to the delight of his
following fan club. It was Sakayi’s sixth win and the first for Roy’s Kaitrina who has seldom run a bad race for owner Roy Moodley.