Viv Greybe: Never out of the money in her five starts, Alan Greeff-trained four-year-old Saltire looks on target to make it four wins in a row today when she lines at the Fairview Turf track up with Greg Cheyne in Race 6 and top-rated event, a MR 88 Handicap (F&M) over 1000m.
Formerly in Brett Crawford’s stable in Cape Town, this Var filly followed up a promising third and second with a gutsy close win over 1000m at Kenilworth.
Then coming off a five-month break and having her first run for Greeff and ridden by Cheyne, she ran on strongly to snatch victory in a 1000m MR 78 Handicap on the Polytrack at Fairview.
Teamed up with Cheyne again and returning from a similar layoff, the four-year-old turned in another smart performance in her subsequent outing when quickening readily and scoring by 0.75 lengths in a Conditions Plate over the same course and distance.
Returning refreshed after a two-month rest she should be up to the task once more.
However, she will have to be on guard against Yvette Bremner-trained Mary O’ Reilly who is two-time winner from just three starts. She was not disgraced in her subsequent outing when carrying 58kg as she ran on from last after a slow start to finish fifth out of 14 in a 1400m Grade 3 event at Turffontein.
Dropping to 55.5kg this time and having champion Lyle Hewitson aboard she will make her presence felt.
Another who could be in the final call is three-time winner Straat-Kind (Aldo Domeyer) out of the in-form stable of Andre Nel.
This mare, who has been threatening a fourth career win, was a close second in her penultimate outing. Her subsequent run when unplaced in a Listed event over 1100m at Kenilworth can be ignored as she was up with speed for much of the race but was hampered by a slipped saddle.
Next best are Elle Est Noire, Via Sacra and Pepper Oak.
The Nel-Domeyer combination has a bright chance of success in Race 3 with Crome Yellow who contests a 1600m Maiden Plate. This four-year-old went close to winning in his first three runs this season and his subsequent run when having the worst draw and finishing fifth out 15 was not a bad effort as it was his first run after a rest.
Nel could also strike in Race 4 with one-time winner Guilty Pleasure (Domeyer) who steps out in a MR 60 Handicap (F&M) over 1600m.
This mare comes off an encouraging last run when equipped with blinkers and finishing third, and could relish the extra distance.