Eastern Pearl and Henry Higgins could fight it out in Race 5 at Turffontein on Sunday, following the scratching of B Twenty One who might well have started as the favourite.
Eastern Pearl ran a cracker for the Corne Spies yard on Wednesday on the Inside track when a 1.25-length third behind Inn A Million over 2000m and should be even better over the 2450m of this Middle Stakes contest.
The four-year-old colt seems to get on with jockey Jarryd Penny, who is back in the irons.
Henry Higgins is now nine-years-old but runs like a spring chicken and has run second four out of six times over this course and distance.
Tendre and Arabian World top the betting boards and must be considered, while Houston Rocket and Stunned could easily pop up in the places over this trip.