Brendan Gaillard: Trainer Coenie de Beer only has a small string of horses but he can boast a Grade 1 winner in the form of Talktothestars.
And although this Overlord eight-year-old gelding is clearly not the same force as he was in 2016 when winning the Golden Horse Sprint at Scottsville; he could still have retained enough ability to take Race 7, the Kimberley 1400 (Non-Black Type) at Flamingo Park on Monday.
De Beer clearly knows how to pick his races for Talktothestars and apart from his feature success he has also won both times he has made the trip to Kimberley.
Talktothestars has won over this distance and will be the one to beat.
Trainer Paul Matchett has been doing well when raiding and his charge, Dan The Lad, was not beaten far on Thursday at the Vaal so is likely to be the biggest threat although it will be his first run on the sand.
It is a day, however, that Matchett looks likely to play a big part in as he has numerous runners with winning chances.
Best of them as far as winning goes, could be the maiden Carry Me Carrie in Race 4. This three-year-old filly tries the sand for the first time, but she has been placed in a couple of Gauteng races this season and the drop in distance to 1600m could suit. It is also a very weak field.
Other Matchett runners who must be put in the play are Tokolosh in Race 2, Crimson Castle in Race 3, Tough Choice in Race 5 and Free Deal in Race 6.
The scratching of Starlight Dancer in Race 1 it has opened the door even wider for Atwaar to break through and win but it could pay to take the Swinger with Incognito drops back to 1000m and that should suit her.
Blinkers certainly worked a treat last time with Out Of The Rainbow as she stormed clear of her rivals to win by 7.25 lengths and the runner-up Captain Hook won after that so trainer Dennis Cason’s filly could be the Eachway strike in Race 6, a MR 62 Handicap over 1400m.
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