While Wild Wicket was the only winner for the yard at Greyville this weekend, Secret Captain and Saratoga Dancer both ran excellent races in the Gr2 Daisy Guineas and the Gr2 Independent on Saturday Drill Hall Stakes respectively.
Wild Wicket turned in a superb performance in the Middle Stakes where he had a tough task at the weights. But Keagan de Melo rode a confident race on the gelding, making an early move to be in contention early in the straight and then kicking on to hold the Highveld visitor King And Empire, giving the older horse 6kg. Good luck Dave Maclean.
Chicago Beat was also running on smartly from a wide draw and he looks as if he will stay a bit further than a mile.
Duncan thinks enough of Secret Captain to have entered him in the Vodacom Durban July and the signs so far are good. Keagan had the grey fairly handy throughout and he kept on gamely to take second behind the smart miler Janoobi. It was a promising effort by Secret Captain who is likely to take his place in the Gr1 Daily News 2000.
Saratoga Dancer is always game and versatile and was touched off two pieces of paper in the Drill Hall. He was the surprise package in the July last year, finishing a close-up fifth and he could well come into this years race off a useful mark.