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Eyes Wide Open Today?

Michael Jacobs selections for the big day

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Michael Jacobs’ selections for the big day.

Kenilworth 19/01/2019
Race 1- wide open maiden plate, plenty with chances

1 Silva’s Fling (Cost R4 Million),first run gelded, can win now)

2 GimmetheRain

10 Miraculously Ours (well-bred Silvano, can improve)

4 Augustina

Race 2- this race is a minefield, a wide open MR74, anything can win!

15 GG’s Dynasty (won well last time)

12 Kalahari Ninja (recently gelded)

Anything for the places

Race 3- intriguing Juvenile feature, including 6 upcountry visitors. Expect improvement from most of the runners. Upset potential here, although I liked the way Double Alliance won in a quick time

1 Double Alliance

4 Brandina ?

Race 4- Strong field for a Sales race, but Cirillo stands out on his run to Soqrat ( only concern is that Tarry hasn’t fired in Cape Town)

1 Cirillo ?

14 Temple Grafin (only 2 bad runs were around the turn from very wide draws)

11 Montego Bay

Race 5- fantastic field for a Sales race, this should have been the Derby field! Form behind Soqrat should hold up strongly

3 Twist of Fate

1 One World

12 Silvano’s Pride/2 Chimchuri Run

Race 6- Highly competitive Grade 1 sprint, many with chances

7 Pacific Trader (won impressively, up  and coming star sprinter)

9 Dutch Phillip ?

5 Kasimir

11 Sand and Sea

Race 7- I’m expecting an upset here, there is no stand-out 3yr old in this field, all very average. The best formline might be the Twist of Fate formline, or upcountry form might be the unknown factor?

9 Belgarion ? (not a confident selection)

3 Bunker Hunt

1 Thanksgiving

Eight upcountry visitors, expect at least 2 in the top 4 as the locals are very average

Race 8- wide open FM Grade 1, plenty with chances

12 Front and Centre (up against a topclass field)

7 Miyabi Gold ? (Striker up, can improve)

2 Snowdance

11 Silvan on Fire

Race 9- Go with the class horses!

11 Eyes Wide Open ? (I’m expecting improvement)

7 Do It Again (class horse in top form)

13 Oh Susanna

9 Rainbow Bridge

Race 10- very open Stayers race, the weights will determine the outcome. The younger horse can improve as the older horse are well-exposed

4 Strathdon (at the weights)

2 Let It Rain (carrying a competitive mass)

5 Gimme One Night (not well in at weights)

13 Dynasty’s Blossom ? Tries the distance, bred for this trip.

14 Cedar Man

(Bass-Robinson  runners could be there)

Race 11- very competitive maiden, plenty with chances

6 Saint West (factor in GG’s run in race 2 ?)

4 Cat Daddy

9 Blackbeard

Race 12-  very open MR 87, once again anything can win!

12 Top of Class (not a confident selection)

6 Trip to the Sky ( first run gelded, can improve)

16 Shadowing

14 Vardo/ 2  What a Winter



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3 comments on “Eyes Wide Open Today?

  1. Ronny says:

    Eyes Wide Open has been costly to follow…my eyes are opened & I’m looking elsewhere. As Richard Fourie said after winning the Queens Plate, There’s nothing that will beat him in the Met.. That’s music to My Ears..Do it Again is the best bet on the Card

  2. Ignatius Kadare says:

    Head Honcho for me if Milton and Kampali Campari don’t put too much early pressure. The queen should be right there. Do It Again has not seen out a trip like this against this class. The July race was week and he had weight on his side.

  3. bob kistnasamy says:

    With the betting move on Eyes Wide Open, the horse should be considered. Glen Kotzen always talks up his horses and should not be ignored this time.
    Oh Susannah is my other fancy with a lighter Bernard up.

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