Brendan Gaillard: The Irish-bred mare Sunshine Mint has sparkled under the care of trainer Alan Greeff and can pull off a hat-trick of wins and take Race 6, a FM 85 Handicap over 1200m, at Fairview on Friday.
She looks a natural banker for all the exotic bets.
Sunshine Mint was heavily backed when scoring on her local debut over the course and distance (1200m) in November and quickened nicely when following that up and winning over 1000m this month.
This Dawn Approach mare picked up a six-point penalty for her latest win which could make it tougher this time.
The feature event of the afternoon Race 7, the Fairview Merchants over 1200m, looks competitive but we should get a big run out of Elusive Heart. Trainer Glen Kotzen has not made the trip from the Western Cape for the scenery.
This Elusive Fort mare has not won for some time but if she runs anywhere near the form that saw her end runner-up behind Pilou in July and then to Sunset Eyes in November she will be a big player.
And as what is normally the case with regards to Eastern Cape racing, it does look a tough card to find winners but two runners to have Eachway bets on are Day Trip in Race 5 and Always Dancing in Race 8.
Day Trip has had just the two local runs and was doing her best work at the finish over a clearly inadequate distance last time out when fourth behind Quakeshake.
She should prefer the 2000m this time and it is worth noting that she won over this distance at Kenilworth in August last year. Jockey MJ Byleveld has been riding high this year and retains the ride.
Jockey Greg Cheyne and Alan Greeff team up with Always Dancing and the last time this grey filly was seen on the turf she won by 6.25 lengths.
Admittedly she has disappointed in her recent runs on the Polytrack in her last two starts but it could be worth taking a chance that she bounces back on the grass.
Swingers are always of value and Rock Aloe and Palo Alto look likely to fight out the finish of Race 4 the Swinger featuring these two is a must take.
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