Viv Greybe: Former KwaZulu-Natal gelding Firefoot, who has yet to finish out of the money since joining Stephanie Miller’s stable, could be up to the task at Flamingo Park on Monday when teamed up with Wes Marwing and contesting Race 6, the Kimberley Classic (Non-Black Type) for three-year-olds over 1600m.
This son of Mambo In Seattle was a smart 4.10-length winner in the maidens at Greyville over 2000m.
Then two runs later when having his first run for Miller, he made headway from last after a slow start to finish third in the Northern Cape Stayers over 2200m.
With the confidence gained from that run he posted a gutsy win in a MR 75 Handicap over 1600m.
He can be excused for finishing a moderate fourth in his subsequent outing as he was overmatched in a 1600m Pinnacle Stakes. But down in class and clashing with his own age-group he could bounce right back, more so with the advantage of a good inside draw.
Expect a bold bid from Corrie Lensley trained filly Jolly Josephine who has been unplaced only once in her four starts. She followed up a third and a fourth at the Vaal with a game close maiden win over 1600m at the same venue.
Her subsequent run when unplaced at Turffontein in the Oaks Trial (Listed) over 2000m is best overlooked as there was a report by her jockey that something was amiss with the filly. She is likely to step out refreshed after a 72-day break and could make her presence felt.
Also in with strong claims is Aeronautica (apprentice Dylan Lerena) out of Sarel von Willingh Smit’s stable. This two-time winner comes off three good runs when badly drawn in big fields – the last of which was a decisive win with Lerena up in a MR 62 Handicap over 1400m. With the advantage of the best draw this time the gelding deserves the utmost respect.
Aeronautica’s stablemate Tropical Punch (Calvin Habib) could also have a say in the finish. This two-time winner followed up a promising second over 1600m with a clear-cut win in a MR 65 Handicap over 1800m. Best of the others are All The Sevens, Mazari and Jonathan.
Two worth following in the minor events are Noble Princess in Race 3 and Modjadji in Race 7. Marco van Rensburg teams up with Cliffie Miller-trained Noble Princess in a Maiden Plate (F&M) over 1300m. The filly will be out to recoup losses after being placed in her first two runs for this stable, but with the experience gained she is unlikely to miss this time.
Dennis Cason-trained nine-time winner Modjadji contests a MR 80 Handicap (F&M) over 1000m. This mare returns to base after three placed runs on the Highveld and will be tough to beat this time when her carded weight of 60kg is reduced to 56kg with a 4kg claim by apprentice Tejash Juglall.
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