Jack Milner: Sunshine Silk pulled off an upset win last time when she took on a field of both sexes in a Pinnacle Stakes over a distance short of her best.
On Thursday she lines up again in another Pinnacle Stakes against some of the same horses. This time the race is over 2400m on the Classic track, a distance and course to which she is more suited, and at the same weight differential, should be able to win again.
The key to her success last time was a strong early pace and that allowed the five-year-old daughter of Silvano to sit where she likes to be – ambling along near the back of the field. Once in the straight she has a wonderful burst of speed and that saw her run out a 1.50-length winner over Ali Bon Dubai who she meets again in this event.
Callan Murray rode her on that occasion for the Geoff Woodruff stable and he suggested there was a lot more to come from the mare. He will have been thrilled to pick up the ride again and with just 52.5kg to carry she looks hard to oppose.
She should beat all three of the runners she ran against last time and they are Ali Bon Dubai, Secret Potion and Seville Orange.
As a result, the main threat is likely to come from one of the two horses in this six-horse field who did not run in that race and the best of the pair has to be Dawn Assault, who has a decent record in Graded races. He won his last race over 2600m on the Turffontein Inside track, also a Pinnacle Stakes.
St John Gray’s runner has a lot of weight to give to his rivals but he is capable of winning races like these. Warren Kennedy won on him last time and he will once again be on board.
Dromedaris, who ran a 1.50-length second behind Dawn Assault last time, is 2kg better off and should go a lot closer.
In The Dance makes her comeback to the track, her first since running former Horse-Of-The-Year Oh Susanna to a neck in the Grade 2 Tibouchina Stakes over 1400m at Greyville in June.
She got a 4.5kg penalty for that run but that has made her the best-handicapped runner by some distance in Race 3, a Progress Plate over 1200m. She is at least 7.5kg better off than any of her opposition and drawn No 2 in the event which is raced around the turn, gives her a considerable advantage.
She is trained by champion trainer Sean Tarry and will have Piere Strydom in the irons.