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– Written by Mark van Deventer

ALLEZ MORIS ran particularly well from a bad draw behind stable mate Zil Moris a month ago in a choppy Class 3, and now drops down to Class 4’s calmer waters to shape up as a possible banker in Race 7 at Hollywoodbets Kenilworth. 

ALLEZ MORIS endured a failed Highveld excursion, barely beating a horse home in three starts. But  if one excludes that abortive mission, the Dynasty gelding has acquitted himself just fine in the Cape (5.75 lengths behind Gr1 winner Cousin Casey in the ’22 Selangor) – and even on a rare soiree to Fairview when getting within a length of Khaya’s Hope. 

That most recent start suggests that Brett Crawford’s charge is on the comeback trail, and Richard Fourie can get a saloon passage from draw 2 in what could be an easy tempo 1600m. BARDOLINO, UNICORN ALERT and KINGDOM OF HEAVEN are his principal rivals. 

HELIOTROPE is poised to crack her Maiden after two solid tries with blinkers fitted over the 1800m course and distance. She is in an Open Maiden for fillies and mares, carded as Race 5. Aldo Domeyer will try take advantage from the inside alley, given that her main dangers, LICKETY SPLIT and SANSA STARK, are gated at 10 and 11 respectively. 

Bass Racing stable companion ENGLISH MISTRESS holds claims on runs to Passchendaele and Family Power at the end of 2023, but HELIOTROPE’s improving profile makes her the filly to beat. 

BassRobinson and Domeyer may also win an earlier 1200m Open Maiden with ELLORIX. 
She goes back over the same trip and, stripping fitter, could be the answer in a race devoid of world-beaters. Fellow top weight, the steady performer, CHARLENE looms the main threat, while light weight TRUE HORIZON (who comes off a career best) is also a legit danger. 

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