MONDAY RACING AT FAIRVIEW
Brendan Gaillard: Blinkers have worked with Scarborough Fair. She has reached a good level of form recently and looks the one to be with in Race 6, a Graduation Plate over 1800m on the Fairview Polytrack Monday.
This Capetown Noir filly had been improving all year with her only win on this surface in June when beating Orlanda by a head.
Blinkers were reached for when she made the trip to Greyville and she ran a cracker against the boys, eventually finishing a close up fourth and only 1.35 lengths behind African Warrior a subsequent Grade 2 winner.
This three-year-old filly returned to the Eastern Cape and showed the Greyville run was no fluke as she found Foreign Source only two lengths too good in the Champion Juvenile over 1400m on the Fairview turf.
The handicappers had no choice but to raise the rating of Scarborough Fair and if they have done their sums right she should win as she has six points (3kg) in her favour.
Horse racing is never that easy though, and she takes a step up in distance and takes on her elders this time.
Woodstock Fairy let us down when running down the field in a Feature race last month but jockey Greg Cheyne was not aboard her that day and she seemed to run for him in her penultimate start when a very easy winner.
This Var mare has to prove herself as good on the Polytrack which she tries for the first time but can bounce back to winning form in Race 7.
The combination of trainer Gavin Smith and jockey Muzi Yeni rarely leave the Fairview racecourse without a winner this season and Someone’s Secret in Race 2 could be an early winner for them.