Viv Greybe: The accent will be on stamina at Fairview on Friday when eight runners vie for top honours in the country’s longest race, the Port Elizabeth Gold Cup, a Listed contest over 3600m.
Jack Milner: Fabian Habib has had a fair start to his training career. He only sent out his first runner in March this year and it took until May for him to have his first winner. The horse was Sail For Joy and ironically, it was on the same day Chesney van Zyl saddled his first winner in his own name as a trainer.
Viv Greybe: Vaughan Marshall-trained Charge D’ Affaires disappointed in her last two outings at Greyville, but this daughter of Captain Al has a bright chance to recover losses at Scottsville on Wednesday when partnered by MJ Byleveld and contesting Race 3, a Juvenile Plate (Fillies) over 1200m.
A round 40 stood their ground when weights were published for the Vodacom Durban July on Tuesday morning.
Jack Milner: Trainer Andre Nel has finally got his string in top form after a lengthy spell in the doldrums and it could pay to follow him at Kenilworth tomorrow.
Viv Greybe: Trainer Yvette Bremner and champion apprentice Lyle Hewitson look the combination to follow at the Fairview Polytrack today, and their first strike should come in Race 1 with March Music who contests a Maiden Juvenile Plate for two-year-old fillies over 1300m.
The latest communique from Gunter Wrogemann’s wife Sam on Sunday brings the glad news that he has been awoken from the induced coma he has been in since his heavy fall a fortnight ago.
London – Top tipsters at Sporting Life in the UK give their best bets for Royal Ascot week, which gets underway on Tuesday:
Viv Greybe: Justin Snaith-trained Jo’s Bond has been striving for a ninth career win in feature events but she has a bright chance of success at Scottsville on Sunday when she teams up with Brandon Lerena and takes on lesser company in Race 5, a Pinnacle Stakes (F&M) over 1000m.
Jack Milner: Glider Pilot did not have the best of luck in last Sunday’s Grade 3 Jubilee Handicap over 1800m. However, with a better draw and the conditions in his favour, Tyrone Zackey’s charge can get back on a winning track on Saturday when he contests a Graduation Plate over 1600m on the Inside track at Turffontein.