Mermaid will entice the punters

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Mermaid will entice the punters

GREG CHEYNE

Ken Nicol: The hastily arranged Fairview polytrack meeting on Wednesday features a number of open contests.

But one who does make strong appeal is Seattle Mermaid in Race 6 – a MR68 over 1000m.

Greg Cheyne very seldom flies back to Cape Town without riding a winner for his boss Alan Greeff, and this looks like his top ride of the day.

The four-year-old filly takes on males, but that was no problem last time, and she meets a similar class of field as she seeks a hat trick of wins over this 1000m.

She is in the form of her life, and looks a bit too good for MR68 class. Despite a wideish draw you can expect her to get up late and win going away once again.

Another Greeff runner who appeals on a tricky day for punters is Calandra in the eighth and last. The three-year-old filly took eleven starts to crack her maiden, but did so in good style and runner up World Squared has franked the form.

She should be highly competitive in this moderate FM64 affair, even if stable jockey Cheyne appears to have preferred the consistent Ladysmith and has left the ride for Charles Ndlovu.

A decent each way prospect is November Storm in Race 7. The gelding isn’t the most consistent, but ran on solidly over slightly shorter last time, and won his last try over 1300m on the poly, beating subsequent dual winner Seattle Mermaid in the process.

Add in the pole position draw, and he should have every chance in a rather treacherous looking MR74 Handicap.
Veteran trainer Hekkie Strydom doesn’t have a lot of winners these days, but could well be celebrating come Wednesday evening.

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