Jack Milner: Stable companion Silver Thursday could be the beneficiary after the scratching of Cascapedia in the Pinnacle Stakes over 2000m at Turffontein on Saturday.
She improved markedly last time when fitted with blinkers and racing over 1800m on this track, raced away from her opposition to beat Warrior’s Rest by 2.30 lengths.
On paper she is well held by Fort Ember but now she has regained her form, this daughter of Silvano is worth following. Warren Kennedy, who got the best out of the filly last time, is back at Turffontein to ride her again.
Fort Ember is certainly no slouch and she is a massive runner if in the right frame of mind. Her record over 2000m is decent enough with a win and two places from five starts. Even more impressive is her form at the course which reads three wins and one place in five runs. She is now the best handicapped runner.
As far as the geldings are concerned French Navy makes the most appeal but he will need to regain some of his old flare. He had his first run following a two-and-a-half-month layoff at Turffontein last week in the Listed Wolf Power 1600 and ran moderately.
He was last turning for home and although still finishing near the back of the field, he did make up some ground on the front runners and was beaten 7.50 lengths by Doosra.
He has only raced once at this course and that was in 2015 when he contested the Sea Cottage Stakes and finished fourth behind Ertijaal in what turned out to be a very strong form line. Piere Strydom rode him for the first time last week and he is back in the irons again.