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Sunday, 03 September 2017 08:55

Scottsville Quartet is the play of the weekend


One of my favourite bets is the Quartet. The payouts are often big – almost a Pick 6 every race – and you don’t have to wait long to find out your fate.

The carryover in the last race every Sunday is always worth a bet and this Scottsville Quartet looks the play of the weekend.

There will be R59,313 to kick-start the pool and it is estimated to reach R500,000.

Sometimes there is a stand-out winner, or perhaps two or three horses with chances, but this time any of the 15 runners could land in the top four. It looks particularly competitive although there are a couple whose consistent place-getting could help in your calculations.

The way I like to structure the bet is to double float two horses with the field. The reason you need the field is that invariably the horses you start to take out are the ones who will make the bet pay.

This way, if your two runners finish in the first four, you can make your way to the payout queue.

Race 9 on Sunday is a MR 62 Handicap over 1750m for fillies and mares and they are notoriously tricky. However, look at horses with course-and-distance form, good draws and strong trainer/jockey combinations. On that basis, the two horses to float could be Roy’s Pony and Sitia.

Anthony Delpech rides Roy’s Pony for Alyson Wright. His record for the stable is 56 rides for 11 wins and 28 places – a figure just over 67%.

Sitia is the from an in-form Duncan Howells and Keagan de Melo combination and they have teamed up 295 times for 46 wins and 116 places. That means almost 55% of De Melo’s rides for Howells end up in the top four. In addition, De Melo has ridden Sitia five times for a win, a second and a third place – that’s 60% in the first three.


Jack Milner

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