As the season comes to an end on the Highveld, Kwazulu-Natal takes up the reins and all systems are ‘go’ for another few months of quality racing.
Sunday sees the raiders take on hometown heroes at Greyville as the curtain goes up on Champions Season where there is also a guaranteed Pick 6 Megapool of R2.7-million on offer.
Three Grade 2 feature races take place and the Daisy Fillies Guineas over 1600m has attracted a solid field of 11 runners. It looks a competitive event where a few questions need to be asked before making any selections: Will Greyville suit some of the higher rated horses; which fillies may need the run; and which could be ahead of the handicapper and be better than rated? On paper Ektifaa, trained by Mike de Kock, must be the horse to beat being best in at the weights.
She has run in some strong company and won in two provinces. The main dangers will be Final Judgement who will improve on her comeback run, Sail, Gimme Six and A Womens Way who masterly gets Piere Strydom in the irons. Philae from the Andre Nel yard, could be one of those who prove better than currently rated.
The Daisy Guineas over 1600m, is next on the card where De Kock may come up trumps again with Janoobi being best in at the weights. Copper Force, Africa Rising, Horizon, Zodiac Ruler and Matador Man also have claims.
Some powerful yards send out Vodacom Durban July hopefuls in this year’s running of the Independent On Saturday Drill Hall Stakes over 1400m. This is usually a good pipe-opener for those individuals starting their preparations for the big one in July. Last year’s winner New Predator, will be back to defend his crown. Captain America and Sail South are the two well weighted runners in the race while other dangers include Marinaresco, Black Arthur, Champagne Haze and Bulleting Home.
Ten Gun Salute and Saratoga Dancer hold the best hope for local trainer Duncan Howells.
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