Nicci Garner
2 minute read
14 Jul 2017
11:27 am

Guns And Roses can bloom

Nicci Garner

There are a few runners who could give her cheek but she is still improving.

SPREE: Guns And Roses, pictured beating Miss Turbo in April, is on a winning spree and could score her fourth win in a row in Race 7 at Turffontein on Sunday.

There are a few highlights to brighten the win­ter fare at Turffontein on Sunday when some horses with real poten­tial will be stepping out.

One of them is Geoff Woodruff-trained Guns And Roses. This Trippi three-year-old has run four times, finishing third on de­but before winning three races on the bounce.

She will be trying 1800m for the first time in Race 7, a FM 84 Handicap, and will also be back on the tougher Standside track, but in her last start she came from 9.40 lengths back at halfway to beat Seattle Tango going away over the Inside track 1600m.

She bumps a field with some depth and Turn Back Time is weighted to turn the tables, but Guns And Roses is still on the upgrade and could notch up the four-timer. It might pay to banker Marco van Rensburg’s mount in all exotic bets.

Trellis could be her biggest danger. Paul Peter’s runner was nabbed just before the finish in a 1600m race on the Standside track last time out. She was beat­en 0.60 lengths by Raes’ Dyna Jet with Turn Back Time only sixth but hampered close home.

The three-year-old Fort Wood filly won over 1700m in her pe­nultimate start and should not be troubled by the extra 100m.

Amazing Strike has some good recent form, including a third behind Search Party in the Post Merchants over 1200m at Grey­ville last month, and Alec Laird’s charge rates the one to beat in Race 6, a 1400m Pinnacle Stakes.

He has won over this course and distance before and has built up a good rapport with jockey An­thony Delpech, who is booked for the ride.

Tiger’s Touch is the best-weighted runner in the race and Sean Tarry’s charge warrants ut­most respect under these condi­tions. She has been restricted to shorter recently but has placed in both her outings over this dis­tance. She has raced only three times in the last year and, having her third run after a layoff, should be peaking.

Apprentice Lyle Hewitson will have his work cut out from No 10 draw, though.

Captain Aldo, Finchatton, Jiffy and Prince Of Orange are others to consider.

Other highlights could be the performances of Silver Glacier (Race 1) and Perfidia (Race 2), who should improve on their promis­ing debut efforts and get off the mark, while Manitoba looks the one to beat in Race 4.