Jack Milner: Cordillera has only raced five times but the last three of those runs have been in feature races.
After winning on debut, and then running fourth in an Assessment Plate over 1600m on the Turffontein Inside track, Sean Tarry’s charge contested the Listed Secretariat Stakes over 1400m on the Standside track at the same venue and flew up late to beat Viking Trail by a neck.
She then finished fourth in the Listed Swallow Stakes over 1160m after which Tarry ran her in the Grade 2 Wilgerbosdrift Gauteng Fillies Guineas over 1600m.
Cordillera was drawn wide at No 10 of the 16 runners, which is always a concern over that course and distance, and as a result never got into the race and ended up 10.05 lengths behind winner Nafaayes.
On Thursday this daughter of Skitt Skizzle comes back from an 89-day rest to contest Race 6, a MR 92 Handicap for fillies and mares over 1400m at the Vaal and she must have a reasonable chance of notching up a third win from six starts.
She is drawn at No 2, which is often not ideal over this straight course where conditions are better on the outside of the track, but only 11 runners are carded to go to post so it should not pose too many problems.
Lyle Hewitson has been out for a week due to a suspension but he will be back on Thursday to get the defence of his Champion Jockey’s title back on track.
The two main dangers look to be Being Fabulous and High Seas Beauty. There is little to choose between the pair on their run in the Grade 3 Acacia Handicap won by High Seas Beauty.
Being Fabulous finished 3.90 lengths back but is 3kg better off and that should help her close the gap. However, they then both contested the Grade 3 Jacaranda Handicap over 1800m which was won by Insignis, and while High Seas Beauty finished fourth, Being Fabulous, after setting the pace, ended up a further 5.55 lengths back.
Being Fabulous is just 0.5kg better off and that does not look enough to turn the form around so as a result, there is a preference for the Dianne Stenger-trained High Seas Beauty.
Randall Simons takes the ride while Calvin Habib is aboard Being Fabulous, who has been carded to run in blinkers for the first time in 12 runs. They did not appear to help in her two previous runs in blinkers but she might improve with them on this occasion.
In fact, trainer Johan Janse van Vuuren might have a preference for his other runner, Penny Royal, who ran fourth behind San Fermin over 1200m last time when fitted with pacifiers. She has won her only race over 1400m but that was on the Polytrack at Greyville. Gavin Lerena takes the ride.
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