Brendan Gaillard: Dynasty gelding American Landing has only two wins to his name but one of those was the East Cape Derby in 2018, which he won by a wide margin of 5.75 lengths over Widow’s Lamp.
He looks ready to pick up his third victory on Friday when he runs in Race 6 at Fairview.
When trained by Brett Crawford the now five-year-old contested many feature races and although rarely disgraced, he never really captured his early form.
Now with trainer Alan Greeff a resurgence of form could come the way of American Landing and he starts off in this Graduation Plate over 1600m where he is weighted to win comfortably as long as he can show his best side.
It is worth noting American Landing was not striding out last time out and the connections were expecting a big run from him.
Both of his wins were over further but there is no real reason to suggest that 1600m will be too short this time. Stable jockey Greg Cheyne will be aboard.
The talented but disappointing thus far Blushing Bride took a trip to Gauteng to try her luck in the Ready To Run Cup over 1400m. She ran a nice feature race and was clearly not disgraced when fourth, only five lengths behind Spiritofthegroove.
Trainer Yvette Bremner steps her up to 2000m in Race 5, a FM 78 Handicap and she could be a very lucrative Eachway bet.
Greeff holds a very strong hand in Race 7, a FM 92 Handicap over 1000m, with seven of the 12 runners carded coming from his yard and it is top-weight Outlandos D’Amour who will carry the hopes of most punters.
This Captain Al filly has been consistent since winning in her first start for Greeff. Bernard Fayd’Herbe could do the steering job on her.
A race that gets the attention earlier is Race 1, the first Juvenile event of the Eastern Cape season. It may be worth taking a Swinger combining the two fillies, Cianna and Sugar Gum.