Monday, 17 December 2018 20:25

Chase the Free Agent

Fairview Raceourse

Eight-time winner Free Agent out of Tara Laing’s stable, who has been unplaced only once in his last eight starts, looks the one to beat at the Fairview Polytrack on Tuesday when teamed up with Chase Maujean in Race 2, a MR 87 Handicap over 2000m.

Maujean was aboard in all but one of the gelding’s last eight starts– three of which were wins with him up.

That unplaced run was three runs back when partnered by Maujean and sixth in a MR 86 Handicap.

However, the gelding bounced right back next time with champion Lyle Hewitson aboard in a 1900m MR 86 Handicap – posting a clear-cut win despite a slow start and returning cut-into.

Up in class in his subsequent and reunited with Maujean, the six-year-old held form with a creditable
second in a 1800m MR 90 Handicap.

The seasoned campaigner should not be troubled by the extra distance because he had justified favouritism four runs back when a smart winner with Maujean aboard over the course and distance.

But expect a bold bid from Alan Greeff -trained Wish To Land (Greg Cheyne) at the bo”ttom end of the weights.

This five-year-old, who is overdue for a fifth career win, was a game runner-up to Free Agent over the course and distance in his penultimate outing.

Then partnered by Cheyne again, the gelding was not disgraced next time as he did not have a trouble-free run but
still managed to finish fourth to Free Agent.

However, both will have to be on guard against top-weight Mangrove (Ryan Munger) out of Yve”tte Bremner’s stable.

This six-time winner racked up four wins in a row on the Polytrack, but followed up with unplaced runs on grass in both the Algoa Cup (Listed) and a MR 90 Handicap. Although having to shoulder 61kg he still rates a major threat.

Bremner has a bright chance of success in Race 6 with three-time winner High Definition (Munger) who contests a 1200m MR 66 Handicap. This five-year-old comes off three bright runs on the Polytrack where he was twice a runner-up and then a resounding winner in a 1300m MR 71 Handicap. With a favourable draw again he should
complete the double.

Follow the Greeff -Cheyne combination in Race 7 with top-weight Damaraland who steps out in a 1300m MR 72 Handicap.

The mare has been threatening a second career win, more so last time when having Cheyne aboard and flashing up from last a•fter a bad start and finishing third over the course and distance.

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