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Coastal Commander is a ready-made Bipot banker in Race 2 over 1250m at Hollywoodbets Durbanville and can confidently be hooked up in fixed odds multiples as well, on the back of three strong starts.


Vaughan Marshall’s 6/10 odds on entry shows good speed, is drawn ideally at 1, and, barring a market springer amongst the firsters, looks practically unstoppable having finished close seconds to smart foes Hluhluwe, Zil Moris and Steadfast. Bernard Fayd Herbe, riding as well as ever, handles the steering for the young gelding’s first try around Durbanville’s corners.


Marshall will also be upbeat about 2/1 early favourite Questioning’s chances in Race 8, a Cape C Stakes over 1400m. The newly turned, three-year-old son of Querari ran second to the way- above- average, Café Culture, (who has done well since to frank that form), before getting underway late at his second star to beat Greeting My Master a month ago in a stiff sprint.


Questioning will hop out from the favourable draw 1 and already seems sufficiently talented at this early stage of his career to see off exposed, lower-class rivals. Brett Crawford’s steady performer, Masked Vigilante seems the principal danger together with Justin Snaith’s Kimball O Hara and perhaps, Liketheclappers, with 16/1 shot, Kelp Forest worth lobbing onto wider single race exotics.


Just as Questioning seems likely to round out the P6, so the horse he beat last time, Greeting My Master, can kickstart the sequence in Race 3. Trainer Piet Steyn engages Richard Fourie again in a positive booking after a solid debut when racing prominently throughout in heavy ground and only giving way late.