Jack Milner: Glen Kotzen appears to have a decent bunch of three-year-olds as he demonstrated in the Grade 1 Investec Derby on Sun Met Day when he trained both winner Eyes Wide Open and third-placed Pack Leader.
He looks to have a decent filly as well in the form of Franking, who has won her last two starts with incredible ease. This daughter of King Of Kings can extend that winning streak to three on Saturday when she lines up in Race 5, a FM 80 Handicap over 2000m at Kenilworth.
She only started racing in September last year when, totally unfancied in the betting, she finished a 1.75-length third behind Evelina over 1400m at Durbanville.
She ran unplaced over the same course and distance in her second start but she then tried 1600m at Kenilworth where she ran on powerfully after getting too far back from a wide draw.
Since then Franking has not put a foot wrong. She won her maiden over 1600m and then, when tried over 2000m for the first time, cantered to victory by 6.25 lengths. She received a 4kg penalty for her effort but still looks better than her rating. Richard Fourie has been aboard in her last three starts and is back in the irons on this occasion.
The main danger could be Baroness Mary for the Brett Crawford yard. This four-year-old daughter of Dynasty is a three-time winner and has run against some decent fillies. Three runs back she ran second to another decent three-year-old filly in Fresnaye, then came out in a FM 74 Handicap and last time, running with just 52kg on her back, finished a 0.40-length third behind Leaves Of Grass in the Listed Jamaica Handicap.
She received a 3.5kg penalty for that performance and will meet Franking at level weights – both carrying 58kg.
The only other runner who could have a winning chance is Dynasty’s Blossom, another lightly raced filly who could still make further improvement. She won her maiden easily in a small field at Durbanville two runs back and last time went down 0.75 lengths to Intothelimelight.