Trevor Reid
1 minute read
13 Jun 2014
1:34 pm

Rev up the engines for Divine Jet

Trevor Reid

Although nine of the ten races will be run on the new Polytrack surface at Greyville today, the feature race of the night, Race 7 Post Merchants, will be run on the turf over 1200m and we have sided with Divine Jet.

Divine Jet can win the Grade 2 Post Merchants tonight at Geyville where it will be run on the new Polytrack course for the first time.

This Jet Master entire cost R4-million at the 2010 sales and looked very promising when winning four of his first five starts but has proven disappointing since having not won a race in his last nine starts, with his last win coming in January 2012.

He may not have been winning but has run some tremendous races in defeat.  His unlucky third place to Tevez in the Cape Merchants in November 2013, beaten just half a length and his runner up berth to Barbosa over the Kenilworth 1000m, both read well.

Divine Jet is coming off three unplaced runs and it is interesting to note in his last nine starts he has not started at odds of greater than 4-1 so the bookmakers continue to hold a healthy respect for him.

Clearly keeping the Dean Kannemeyer-trained runner as an entire for breeding purposes has meant he has some issues regarding his ability to get off on level terms but the pace in these 1200m races at this track tend to be decent so jockey Karl Neisius (drawn at stall No 5) could get Divine Jet to quicken best.

Both All Is Secret and Happy Forever are strong front-running types that could prove dangerous.

All Is Secret has the benefit of jockey Anton Marcus and is well drawn at stall No 2.

Happy Forever on the other hand has a difficult stall in No 12 but in jockey Bernhard Fayd’Herbe he has the man who can do the job of getting him over and into a good position.

Royal Zulu Warrior and Tevez are both very good sprinters on their day and it will not be a surprise if either were to win.