Viv Greybe: Duncan Howells-trained Fiorella was aimed a bit too high last time when fifth in the Flamboyant Stakes (Grade 3) at Greyville, but the filly could be up to the task on Sunday at Scottsville where she teams up with champion jockey Anthony Delpech in Race 8 and takes on lesser company in a Pinnacle Stakes for fillies and mares over 1400m.
This daughter of Captain Al showed smart form in her first three runs at Scottsville where she won on debut and followed up with a gallant close second. Her subsequent run saw her step up from 1200m to 1400m and score decisively.
Then switched to Greyville, she was a creditable second in the 1600m KZN Fillies Guineas Trial. The three-year-old was not disgraced next time in the 1600m Flamboyant Stakes as she ran on stoutly from a wide draw to finish fifth out of 12. With the advantage of having Delpech up and starting from pole position, she will be tough to beat.
Fiorella will have most to fear from her stablemate Dawn Calling. Anton Marcus takes the ride again after having finished fifth on the four-year-old, just 0.50 lengths adrift of Fiorella in the Flamboyant Stakes.
Also to be respected is She’s A Dream, ridden by Keagan de Melo for the in-form stable of Mark Dixon. This three-year-old followed up a promising third on debut at Scottsville with a fine 1200m double at Greyville.
The best of the others are Girl In Gold and Diamante.
Delpech will also be aboard some bright prospects in the minor events. Watch out for him in Race 5 when partnering Paul Laffety-trained Majestic Glory in a 1000m MR 72 Handicap. This Australian-bred colt justified favouritism on debut over 1000m at Kenilworth and should complete the double.
Delpech has a good chance of success in Race 7 when teamed up with Dean Kannemeyer-trained Pure Logic in a 1950m MR 68 Handicap. This four-year-old has been threatening a second-career win, more so, last time when a close second over 2400m. If Delpech can get the gelding away on level terms, he should be in the winner’s enclosure.
The same combination can close the meeting on a winning note with Travel Guide who contests a Maiden Plate for fillies and mares over 1400m. This three-year-old has improved with each run – the last two of which were seconds over 1400m and 1200m at Greyville. With Delpech up again, this Trippi filly should recoup those losses.