BUFFALO BILL CODY
Jack Milner: Racing is at Turffontein on Monday and there appear to be three outstanding bets on the card. Back them individually or take an All-To-Come bet, but if you want to make some money for the holidays go with Reach For The Line in Race 1, Buffalo Bill Cody in Race 6 and Greek Fire in Race 7.
Bonginkosi Nkosi: The Dennis Bosch-trained Sir Bernadini is yet to run out of the money in nine career starts, and, following an eye-catching third-place finish in his most recent appearance, the son of Bernardini looks a solid BiPot and Place Accumulator banker at Greyville on Sunday, when he lines up in Race 2, a Pinnacle Stakes over 1200m on the Turf track.
SOQRAT STORMS CLEAR
Ken Nicol: Soqrat showed his true class with a going away win in the Cape Guineas at Kenilworth, scoring his second Grade 1 win over a mile in the process.
FRONT AND CENTRE STORMS CLEAR
Ken Nicol: Brett Crawford’s Front And Centre kept her unbeaten record intact with a comfortable victory in the Grade 1 WSB Fillies Guineas at Kenilworth.
Ken Nicol: In a radical departure, the two Grade 1 Guineas races are to be held on the same day at Kenilworth on Saturday – and both promise to provide plenty of excitement.
Viv Greybe: Trainer Gavin van Zyl’s top-rated Blackball has the ability to defy top weight on the Greyville Polytrack on Friday night when teamed up again with in-form Warren Kennedy in Race 5, a 1600m MR 90 Handicap.
Viv Greybe: Six-year-old Wild Brier, who has shown smart progress since leaving the Highveld and joining Gavin Smith’s stable, has a bright chance to claim top honours on the Fairview Turf track today when teamed up Teaque Gould in Race 6, a Pinnacle Stakes over 2400m.
Jack Milner: One of the key designs of the merit rating system is to keep every runner reasonably competitive. So, when a runner’s merit rating gets too high the handicappers are tasked with reducing it to a level at which the horse is capable of leaving his mark on a race.
Viv Greybe: Due to heavy rain at Scottsville, Wednesday’s race meeting has been switched to the Greyville turf course. The race starting times remain unchanged, but the distance of Race 8 has been changed to 1800m.