Ken Nicol: Drakenstein Stud look set to enjoy Saturday at Kenilworth, as they race a couple of three-year-old fillies they have bred, who appear the two best bets on the card.
This meeting was scheduled for Durbanville but due to continual rain in the Western Cape, a decision was taken to move the race meeting to Kenilworth Racecourse.
Race 2, Race 3, Race 7 and Race 8, all programmed over 1250m will be reduced to the distance of 1200m to accommodate the venue change.
Importantly that means they are now run down the straight.
Both Drakenstein Stud -bred fillies appear in Maiden Plates for fillies over 1200m, and first up is Queensbarns in Race 2. This well-bred daughter of deceased Kingsbarns went off in the red on debut but was touched off by Tiger Roll in a desperate finish.
Admittedly, that didn’t look the strongest of fields at the time, but the winner did go very close in her post-maiden appearance.
You can expect good improvement from Justin Snaith’s charge and with a good draw, she should be exiting the maiden ranks.
But now that the race is down the straight, stable mate Lilac Sensation is a major danger. Her 12 draw would have been a major disadvantage at Durbanville.
Ryanair and Labyrinth are other possible threats.
But Candice Bass-Robinson-trained Duchess Of State in Race 3 looks an even better wagering opportunity. She was very green in her opening appearance at Kenilworth but finished extremely strongly to get within 0.50 lengths of Athalia. Third-placed Victoria Tower then came out on top against previous winners to frank the form.
Linda Loves Lace, Orferd’s Flash and Fynbos appear most likely to give cheek.
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