SCARPA FLOW showed promise in placing in his first three runs but it was after a rest that he won his maiden under newly-crowned SA Champion jockey Andrew Fortune.
Another rest later he won two in a row and he looks set to make it a three-timer in Race 7, a 1450m MR 90 Handicap, at Clairwood on Wednesday afternoon.
After his easy maiden win SCARPA FLOW let the side down with three successive indifferent performances over 1400m at Turffontein, 1450m on the Vaal sand and 1000m on the tight Turffontein inside track.
That run was on 13 April and trainer Sean Tarry then sidelined the gelding until 8 July during which rest period he was gelded.
He made his re-appearance over 1400m at Scottsville and went on to win with some authority in the hands of Brandon Lerena. Tarry ran him again 11 days later this time trying 1450m at Clairwood with the same rider up.
Lerena elected to settle him a bit further off the pace than in his previous race and the decision proved sound. SCARPA FLOW flew up late to win going away by two lengths beating a decent sort in Gourmet Guru.
Anthony Delpech (pictured above) replaces Lerena this time but the gelding is in hot form and Delpech will prove a good deputy. He has drawn on the extreme outside of the 10-strong field but is able to race from off the pace so there will be no disadvantage.
Eight-year-old SNUGGLER has found a renewed lease of life lately and on his recent form looks to have an outstanding chance of being the one to chase SCARPA FLOW home.
He stayed on well behind Rebellious Streak last time and has decent form over this trip. What makes him a danger though is that he has a record of two wins and five places form only seven runs at Clairwood.