Jack Milner: Smiling Blue Eyes looked a possible Wilgerbosdrift SA Triple Tiara winner after her impressive victory in the Gauteng Fillies Guineas over 1600m at Turffontein and was all the rage to win the SA Fillies Classic over 1800m. However, trainer Sean Tarry warned there was a virus in the yard and the grey filly appears to have been its next victim as she trailed in 13 lengths behind Mike de Kock-trained Orchid Island, who fought off the challenge of Safe Harbour to win by a neck.
NOTHER RUSSIA WINS THE EMPRESS CLUB
Mike Moon: Nother Russia emulated her dam in winning the R1-million Her Serene Highness Princess Charlene Empress Club Stakes at Turffontein on Saturday.
Jack Milner: Anyone who comes to Turffontein on Saturday is sure to get the royal treatment as Her Serene Highness Princess Charlene of Monaco will be ruling the roost.
Jack Milner: Whenever there is a feature race at Fairview, particularly for fillies, it attracts trainers from the Western Cape hoping to pick up some Black Type for their runners.
Jack Milner: Favour’s Pride might only be a two-time winner and both those victories were at Fairview in Port Elizabeth, but she has had some excellent runs behind some of the top fillies and mares in the country.
Nicci Garner: Three horses stand out in this Saturday’s HSH Princess Charlene Empress Club Stakes (Grade 1) over 1600m at Turffontein – top-rated Safe Harbour, Fort Ember and Cape raider Star Express.
Jack Milner: King Of The Corn made a winning return to racing following an almost three-month break and trainer Michael Robinson appears to have a talented individual on his hands.
Jack Milner: Racing returns to Turffontein on Monday when they race on the Inside track and looks to be a difficult card for punters to crack.
Nicci Garner: Two past winners of the Grade 1 Gold Medallion, Guiness (2014) and Seventh Plain (’15) will line up in the 1100m Pinnacle Stakes at Scottsville on Sunday and the youngest could be hard to beat.
Jack Milner: Dual Sansui Summer Cup winner Master Sabina makes his return to racing on Saturday in a Pinnacle Stakes over 1800m on the Turffontein Standside course and the seven-year-old son of Jet Master looks all set to make a winning comeback.