Nania, Ice Belle add pizzazz to dull Durbanville meeting

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Nania, Ice Belle add pizzazz to dull Durbanville meeting

<p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><span lang="EN-GB"><em>PREPARATORY RUN: Trainer Joey Ramsden is obviously eying the fillies&rsquo; classics for highly rated three-year-olds Nania and Ice Belle and they will both be seen in action in a Progress Plate tomorrow. <o:p></o:p></em></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><span lang="EN-GB"><strong>JACK MILNER</strong></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><span lang="EN-GB"><o:p><span lang="EN-GB">THE return of Thekwini Stakes winner Nania and her highly regarded stablemate Ice Belle adds a touch of panache to an otherwise mundane midweek Durbanville card tomorrow.</span></o:p></span></p>

<p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><span lang="EN-GB">Nania is undoubtedly one of the best three-year-old fillies in the country and captured the Grade 1 juvenile event at Clairwood in July. That day Gilded Minaret was all the rage, but Nania burst into the lead in the final 200m and kept going to beat Ice Belle, despite jockey Jeff Lloyd dropping a rein moments before they crossed the line.<o:p></o:p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><span lang="EN-GB">Tomorrow the Ramsden duo will attempt to prove their ability against older fillies and mares in Race 7, a Progress Plate over 1200m. This run is clearly a pipe-opener for things bigger and better. <o:p></o:p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><span lang="EN-GB">The distance is on the sharp side and this tight, turning course is probably not ideal, but Nania&rsquo;s class should see her take another turn in the No 1 box.<o:p></o:p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><span lang="EN-GB">Based on the form of the Thekwini Stakes, Ice Belle should have the beating of her stable companion. The Western Winter filly was beaten 0.75 by Nania and is 5kg better off. However, Nania had that race won a long way out and it was only at the finish that Ice Belle got anywhere near her.<o:p></o:p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><span lang="EN-GB">Absolute Mission could be best of the older runners. Paddy Kruyer&rsquo;s five-year-old mare has run just once in Cape Town – over 1000m at Kenilworth where she ran a useful one-length third behind Star Role. <o:p></o:p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><span lang="EN-GB">She has only raced once over 1200m and finished second to Carry on Katie in a Progress Plate in which raced under sufferance with the winner. She has won on the inside track at Turffontein and should not be too bothered by the Durbanville turn.<o:p></o:p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><span lang="EN-GB">Rose Lipped Maiden could prove the joker in this pack. Dean Kannemeyer&rsquo;s charge should not have a chance, based on a 6.15-length 12th in the Thekwini Stakes. She is 2.5kg better off with Nania but 2.5kg worse off with Ice Belle.<o:p></o:p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><span lang="EN-GB">However, in Rose Lipped Maiden&rsquo;s favour is the distance. She has been beaten in both of her starts over 1600m and it appears that distance might be too far at this stage of her career. She is ideally suited to 1200m and with the services of Karl Neisius, who won on her last month, as well as No 3 draw she must be included in exotic bets.<o:p></o:p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><span lang="EN-GB">Rock You Baby, from the Basil Marcus yard, has run her best races at this course. She is not well weighted, but the Joshua Dancer filly must have a chance. <o:p></o:p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><span lang="EN-GB">Bankers look hard to find, but Marcus could provide the answer in Race 5. He saddles Moscow Might, who was well supported on two occasions in KwaZulu-Natal but failed to fire. On his return to the Western Cape, he found form when leading all the way to beat Farolito over 1500m at Kenilworth.<o:p></o:p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><span lang="EN-GB">He has yet to run at this course but Durbanville is currently a paradise for front runners and he could be tough to catch over 1400m.<o:p></o:p></span></p>
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