RAISE THE BAR (SAF)
Goldkeeper (USA) - Moving On Up (SAF) by Jallad (USA)
Prior to her thrilling win yesterday at the Vaal, Raise The Bar, the Backworth-bred four-year-old daughter of Goldkeeper, had contested three successive Conditions Plates at the same track since a layoff and had placed in all of them; finishing fourth, third and second respectively.
In her first run back over the 1200m sand track, where she was drawn widest of all in an 11-strong field, never a good position in races over 1200m, 1450m and 1600m, she did well to finish five lengths behind Mina Salaam.
Her penultimate start was also over 1200m and she had to jump from stall No 9 - also not a great draw - and she finished three lengths in arrears of Follow The Piper.
Last Thursday she lined up in an event over 1000m in which Hidden Beauty looked a standout bet. That proved to be the case, but Raise The Bar did manage to finish a 3.75-length second.
This time around Raise The Bar drew No 3 over her best distance and carried 60.5kg.
J&B MET 28 JANUARY KENILWORTH RACECOURSE FM 90 DIVIDED HANDICAP (F&M)
|1||0.00||RAISE THE BAR||60.5||91||3||M Mienie||Paul Matchett|
|2||0.25||SAPPHIRE RING||54.5||79||4||P Strydom||Dianne Stenger|
|3||3.00||MINWA (AUS)||53.5||77||9||D Mansour||Erico Verdonese|
|4||7.25||POPPINS||61.0||92||8||A Delpech||Gavin van Zyl|
|5||10.25||MACLAINE||52.0||69||5||C Maujean||Louis Goosen|
|6||10.30||HOWHIGHCANUFLY||52.5||75||2||JP van der Merwe||Roy Magner|
|7||10.50||GODDESS ATHENA||52.5||82||7||L Nhlapo||Lucky Houdalakis|
|8||13.25||PACIFIC DYNASTY||53.0||76||10||*N Juglall||Wallace Tolmay|
|9||14.50||SMALL MIRACLE||53.0||83||1||** J Greyling (+0.5)||Dominic Zaki|
|10||15.75||ALOUETTE||54.0||78||6||E Pheiffer||Lucky Houdalakis|