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Trevor Reid
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13 Jul 2016
6:30 am

Forbes can use executive power

Trevor Reid

A wide draw will not make it easy for jockey Alec Forbes but Executive Power does have both the pace and the ability to go start-to-finish.

READY TO WIN. Executive Power has the right credentials to win Race 5 over 1400m on the Greyville Polytrack today.

Trainer Mike Miller thought very highly of Executive Power so he will be very disappointed that the Warm White Night gelding has only won two races to date but could be adding to that tally by winning Race 5, a MR 95 Handicap over 1400m on the Greyville Polytrack today.

Last time Executive Power won it was over the course and distance in March and he has done very well since.

The three-year-old gelding was runner-up behind Paterfamilias on the turf in May and again second behind subsequent winner Sail South on the Polytrack last time out.

A wide draw will not make it easy for jockey Alec Forbes but Executive Power does have both the pace and the ability to go start-to-finish.

Catkin, Purple Mountains, Kapitan, Never Settle and Highway Explorer are likely to be the dangers.

Jockey Forbes could also be the one to be with in Race 2, a Maiden Plate over 1200m as his ride Soldier’s Bride looks the part.

This Brave Tin Soldier filly was unlucky not to win either of her two runs to date.

She flew up late on debut and was only beaten a head by the improving Miss Parker over this course and distance, and would have won in another stride or two.

The three-year-old filly again showed signs of inexperience when doing her best work late when fourth and only 0.80 lengths behind Pop Star in her second start.

The Dean Kannemeyer-trained Mr O’Neill, running in Race 3, was slow and green on debut but made very good late progress when fourth behind Coyote on his debut in May.

His next start has a notable form-line as once again he flew up late and was only beaten half a length by Zodiac Ruler.

Zodiac Ruler showed he is a top-class sort as he was an impressive winner of the Grade 2 Durban Golden Shoe over 1400m on Vodacom Durban July Day.

He is, however, likely to be challenged by both Qeyaadah and Without A Doubt.

Qeyaadah has been runner-up in all three starts to date.

Jockey Anton Marcus has ridden this Australian import twice before so will know how to get the best out of him.

Without A Doubt has run three very good races to date.

This Gimmethegreenlight gelding was a well beaten third on debut but improved nicely on that when runner-up behind Daffiq in his second start and then only found Rivarine 1.75 lengths too good when second last time out.