Ken Nicol: While the fields are mostly small at Kenilworth on Saturday, it looks to be a card full of question marks.
So it seems sensible to go with the in-form jockey who is undoubtedly Bernard Fayd’Herbe.
And his standout ride would appear to be Hooves Of Thunder for Candice Bass-Robinson in Race 6, a MR 80 Handicap over 1400m.
This consistent Var gelding continually gets going too late over sprints, and it’s surprising that it’s taken his connections as many as 17 starts before trying more ground.
He caught the eye finishing strongly behind stable mate and subsequent repeat winner Dragon Power last time, and if thriving over the extended trip should notch a third career victory.
But once again it’s a stable companion who poses the biggest threat. Meraki is something of a 1400m specialist, with all four of his wins coming over the distance.
He quickened well to beat game front runner Photocopy last time, and despite carrying an imposing 62.5kg has to be respected again.
Another whose consistency could be rewarded is Spirit Festival in Race 7 – a FM 75 Handicap over 1200m.
She looked to be coming to fetch fellow Justin Snaith inmate Hurricane Silva last time only to be baulked at a crucial stage, and did well to salvage a runner- up slot.
Given more luck in the running this time she has a great chance of finding the winner’s enclosure with stable jockey Richard Fourie back in the irons.
Top weight Window To Africa poses the primary threat. She has always been highly regarded by Andre Nel, and seemed to find 1400m too much last time.
Back in a sprint with Fayd’Herbe up, this beautifully bred daughter of Trippi can be expected to make her presence felt. These two should fight it out.
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