Trevor Reid: A very rare all-turf race meeting at Greyville on Sunday promises a difficult card. But we will look for some value.
THE SECRET IS OUT
Jack Milner: The Secret Is Out returns to racing over 1200m at Kenilworth on Saturday but she will be making her handicap debut, which will test the accuracy of her merit rating.
MET GALLOP . . . LEGAL EAGLE (left) AND FRENCH NAVY
Cape Town – Sun Met favourite Legal Eagle will start from pen No 9 in the R5-million race, celebrated with Mumm.
Jack Milner: With Hashtag Strat now heading to Cape Town to run in the $500,000 CTS Sprint over 1200m at Kenilworth on Sun Met Day, it could well have paved the way for Secret Star to win Race 2 at the Vaal on Thursday.
Nicci Garner: Ruling champion trainer Sean Tarry will have short-priced runners in both $500,000 races on Saturday next week, when the Sun Met celebrated with Mumm headlines the programme.
Frankie Dettori will be at Kenilworth for South Africa’s richest raceday on Saturday 28 January and the legendary jockey will ride the Vodacom Durban July winner The Conglomerate for Markus Jooste and Joey Ramsden in the R5-million Sun Met Celebrated With Mumm.
Jack Milner: It is 18 years since jockey Craig Magua died after a tragic accident at Germiston Racecourse in 1999 when the horse he was riding stumbled and fell heavily only 50m from the finish line.
Trevor Reid: Although he did not disgrace himself when racing on the Polytrack this season it is clearly the turf that Rikitikitana enjoys and he could follow up on his last win and score in the Listed Michael Roberts Handicap over 1750m at Scottsville on Sunday.
MIKE DE KOCK
Jack Milner: There are a number of feature races all over the country this weekend, with the Grade 3 London News Stakes and Listed Sea Cottage Stakes, both over 1800m, that were washed out last weekend, added to Saturday’s Turffontein card.
MARCO VAN RENSBURG
Trevor Reid: Jockey Anton Marcus had to pull out all the stops to get a narrow victory aboard Elysian Park last time and although he picked up a penalty for that win he can follow up by winning Race 6, a MR 72 Handicap over 1400m on the Greyville Polytrack.