GENERAL FRANCO CRUISES MAIDEN
Ken Nicol: After a mystifying no show second time out, General Franco will be out to set the record straight at Durbanville on Saturday.
This Frankel colt made mincemeat of subsequent Listed winner Three Two Charlie on debut, before trailing in last in a Juvenile Plate at 7-20.
He comes back from a four-month break in Race 2 over 1400m, but really did look top drawer first up and has to be given another chance.
Particularly as Richard Fourie rides ahead of Frank Lloyd Wright. What could have been a Trifecta chance for Snaith evaporated yesterday when Green Jacket, was scratched.
Snaith promised after his four-timer last weekend that he would be bringing “some beautiful horses to the racetrack next Saturday” and has been true to his word.
But perhaps the best bet on the card is in Race 1, a Maiden Plate over 1250m.
Kilindini, the Brett Crawford-trained R2.8 million Silvano colt, kept on strongly behind Baltimore Jack on debut a couple of weeks ago, in what looked a strong Maiden.
Generally Crawford’s first timers improve markedly second time out, and if that happens this one will be home and hosed.
It’s a similar story for the Glen Kotzen-trained Follow The Star in Race 4. This Silvano filly got going late for third to Crawford’s ultra-impressive Flame Tree on debut, and now goes 1600m, which should be right up her alley. From a good draw in a moderate looking line up she is another who will take a power of beating.
Last of our ‘golden quartet’ of good bets is Sir Michael in Race 5. This Dean Kannemeyer-trained son of Kingsbarns beat Cane Lime ‘N Soda easily last time, and that one came out to score a runaway win, so the form looks strong.
Stuart Randolph replaces Keagan de Melo, who hasn’t recovered from his alarming fall at Hollywoodbets Scottsville last Sunday.
The Snaith-trained Silver Host would have been a major threat receiving 4.5kg from our selection after quickening impressively last time.
But he has pulled a very wide draw, which is always a big minus at the ‘country course’.
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