Madame Speaker to have the edge

Madame Speaker to have the edge


Viv Greybe: Meeting her opposition at level weights, Alan Greeff-trained six-time winner Madame Speaker appears the one to beat at Fairview on Friday when teamed up with Greg Cheyne again and contesting Race 7, the Breeders Guineas (Listed) for three-year-old fillies over 1600m.

This Pathfork filly comes off an impressive 6.75-length win in the 1400m Breeders Guineas Plate at this course, but it is worth noting she found one better in her previous two outings when sent off favourite in both the 1600m Lady’s Bracelet (Listed) and the 1300m Aloe Handicap.

She will have most to fear from four-time winner Klever Kathy out of Gavin Smith’s stable with Muzi Yeni up.

This Bold Silvano filly posted a smart 1400m double and was unlucky next time as she clipped heels and finished third over the same distance.

However, she bounced right back in her following outing when outgunning Madame Speaker by 1.25 lengths at level weights in the Aloe Handicap. This free-striding filly disappointed in her subsequent outing when fading right out in the Breeders Guineas Plate won by Madame Speaker. But with a favourable inside draw she must be respected.

Also in with claims is Cape Town raider Star Fighter (Lyle Hewitson) from Candice Bass-Robinson’s stable. This two-time winner won decisively in her most recent outing with Hewitson aboard in a 1400m MR 80 Handicap at Kenilworth. She should be in the final call again.

Another worth considering is Glen Kotzen-trained two-time winner Count Dubucks (Louis Mxothwa) who will be bidding for a 1600m hat-trick; and Chakri. Dream Baby Dream has been scratched.

Follow the Greeff-Cheyne combination in Race 3 with Studio Blues who contests a Conditions Plate (F&M) over 1600m. This four-year-old has fine credentials, having won four times in her last six starts with Cheyne aboard.

The combination was a fast-finishing close second last time in a 1600m MR 84 Handicap and is unlikely to miss this time.

Stick with Greeff and Cheyne in Race 4 when teamed up with Ruby Two Shoes in a Maiden Plate (F&M) over 1400m. This former Cape Town filly comes off a promising first run for Greeff’s stable, running on stoutly from a wide draw and finishing second over 1200m. With the advantage of the best draw this time, she should go one better over the extra distance.

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