Brendan Gaillard: We might be needing a long shot to get out of trouble at Friday’s Fairview meeting and Streetfighting Man could do the business.
This Australian-bred five-year-old gelding was a disappointment when trained by Justin Snaith in the Western Cape and clearly did not like the Polytrack last time out.
Stepped up to 2000m this time and back on the turf Streetfighting Man can surprise.
Visiting trainers have dominated the features in the Eastern Cape often enough and trainer Andre Nel could take home both features at this meeting.
Querari gelding La Favourari proved just in need of his only run of this year when tiring late to be fifth behind African Victory at Kenilworth in June and although he has been rested since then, he could be fit enough to win Race 5, the Glendore Sprint (Non-Black Type) over 1000m.
Jockey Bernard Fayd’Herbe knows the gelding well and should get the best out of him. Fayd’Herbe is also aboard stable companion Percival in Race 6, the day’s other feature which is the Stu Davidson November Stakes (Non-Black Type) over 1400m.
Percival was having his first run of the season last month when fifth, only 2.20 lengths behind Russet Air. That winner captured the Grade 2 Cape Merchants at Kenilworth on Saturday and that augurs well for Percival, who is sure to strip fitter this time.
This Var gelding has a good record at this track having won three times in four appearances. A wide draw and the fact that he will be giving weight to all his rivals suggests Percival could go off at a fair price.
His biggest threat could come from another Western Cape trained runner in the form of Star Chestnut. This gelding has been doing his best work late in recent races and did so again last time out when third behind another runner in this race, Toltec.
The drop in distance to 1400m could be a problem. If that is indeed the case with Star Chestnut, then Toltec must
also have a chance.
But he steps up in class and has a bad draw for jockey Wayne Agrella to deal with.