Viv Greybe: National leading trainer Justin Snaith with over 100 winners this season, looks poised to strike in Race 2 at Fairview on Friday when sending out top-weight Razed In Black (Richard Fourie) in a Pinnacle Stakes over 1400m.
Gavin Lerena was scheduled to ride in six races for leading trainer Justin Snaith but, following his wife giving birthday to a daughter, will be spending the day at home with his family.
Six-year-old Razed In Black rallied gamely under 61kg three runs back when snatching victory in a Pinnacle Stakes over 1600m on grass at Fairview. The gelding held form well next time when a close runner-up over the same course and distance in the Memorial Mile.
However, the eight-time winner was not up to scratch in his subsequent outing when sent off favourite and finishing a 5.75-length last in a five-horse field on the Polytrack. That indifferent run is best overlooked as vast improvement can be expected this time when back on grass.
Expect a bold bid from his stablemate Afrikaburn (Robert Khathi) who has been placed in his last five starts and could make his presence felt with the best draw again. Others who could be involved in the finish are Free Agent, Eternal Jet and Soviet Cosmonaut.
Yvette Bremner-trained Brutal Force (Wayne Agrella) could defy 62kg top-weight in Race 4, a Pinnacle Stakes over 1000m. This eight-time winner comes off a gallant run at Kenilworth where he was a 2.2-length fourth out of 14 in the 1000m Cape Flying Championship (Grade 1). A similar effort should have him in the winner’s enclosure.
However, the Cape raider will have to contend with Tara Laing’s ace sprinter Omega Onslaught (Ryan Munger) who swept all aside in his last five starts at Fairview – the last of which was an easy win with Munger up in the 1200m Fairview Merchants. In with place claims are Exelero, Quinlan, Percival and Zip Line.
Laing has a bright chance of success in Race 5 with well-bred Stormy Eclipse who will have Charles Ndlovu aboard in a Pinnacle Stakes over 1800m. Three runs back, this seven-time winner came from last after a slow start to snare Razed In Black on the line in the Memorial Mile. The six-year-old followed up with a second over 2200m and then made late headway next time when fifth in the Fairview 1600. He will relish stepping up the distance to 1800m this time.
The pick of the remainder are Ollivander, Road To Indy, Masterly and Laws Of Succession.