Drachenfels(Race 3, No,1)has always had big raps on him and now is the time for him to start delivering.
Punters are entitled to be filthy with him having been rolled in his two starts at $1.60 and then $2.20 but he’s had excuses on both occasions. Not to mention both horses that beat him have since won again, including Detetcive who saluted in a Listed race at Flemington.
Gets the blinkers on first time, drawn nicely and 1400m again looks perfect.
Even with the Pirates season essentially over, they’ll fight on and claim the win here.Pirates WIN
The rumblings from the fans in Pittsburgh are growing louder by the day with their team falling down the NL standings and suddenly lacking the ability to put away ‘easy’ teams.
One of the few hidden treasures for the Bucs at the moment is starter Ivan Nova (6-12, 4.12 ERA) who has been excellent since joining from the Yankees. He has turned in two complete games in his last four starts and threw only 94 pitches in his last complete effort which shows some great pitch location and control. He is 5-0 with a 2.53 ERA since the move and Philadelphia will be doing very well if they can get on top early.