Ken Nicol: After the sad passing of prominent owner Jack Mitchell on Monday, it would be fitting if the exciting Frankel colt General Franco he owned in partnership with daughter Nancy Hossack was able to bring home the bacon in Race 1 over 1200m at Kenilworth on Saturday.
And putting sentimentality aside, Justin Snaith’s budding juvenile star looks set to do just that.
Making his debut over 1000m at this course a month ago, General Franco looked set for a place at best with 400m to go.
But he quickened like a very good one when the penny dropped, and drew off to beat Three Two Charlie by over three lengths.
That one cruised in last weekend to underline the value of the form, and although now facing winners in this Juvenile Plate, General Franco appears to be headed for much bigger things, and is an extremely confident selection.
Fearless Warrior and Double Alliance look best of the rest.
Nexus in Race 7 over 1600m also runs in the famous black and white Mitchell colours, and looks a huge contender.
This Dynasty colt shows rich promise, and while he disappointed at Durbanville last time deserves another chance, and should come home at the expense of Crome Yellow and Dynamite Jack.
A third Snaith entry who seems set to score is Captain’s Darling in Race 4 over 1000m. This maiden two-year-old was fourth in a listed race last time, and prior to that was runner-up to year older Hildegarde, who subsequently scored another fluent win. The daughter of Captain Al is speedy and should see off these more limited rivals.
Making up a quartet of tasty looking win bets on the day is Boomps A Daisy in Race 5. The Brett Crawford-trained Australian filly has looked well above average in both starts here, but nothing special in a pair of Durbanville outings.
She should underline her preference for Kenilworth and a straight course by winning this FM 74 Handicap over 1200m.
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