A very competitive race.
The Nathan Kotzen stable brings just one runner from Natal to this meeting in Gauteng and #3 ROYAL VICTORY (11-2) has got solid Graded form. He’d probably prefer 1600m, but this is a tough 1400m and he’ll probably get away with it. He’s twice beaten #2 and receives 1kg now from him too. He’s first choice.
#4 UNZEN (12-1) only won a Sales race last time, but he quickened through his field and some of those runners had contested graded races previously. He’d been heavily supported on debut when finding 1000m around the bend way too quick, but I liked what I saw last time and he’s progressive.
All of #’s 2,7,10,12,15 and 16 can be given some sort of chance if you get past the above two.
#1 THUNDERSTRUCK (9-2) is a Grade 1 winner, but he carries a 3kg penalty as a result of that win and from his wide draw I’m looking to beat him today. He has yet to prove he goes this trip too, so as the Fav I’M AGAINST HIM.