Bonginkosi Nkosi: Sir Frenchie to strike again on Fairview Polytrack on Tuesday.
Since relocating to Port Elizabeth from Cape Town, Sir Frenchie has been a completely different performer – recording an impressive five victories and three places from his last eight appearances for his new stable.
Conditioner Yvette Bremner’s charge was last seen in action when finishing fifth in a competitive Pinnacle Stakes at Kenilworth, beaten 4.25 lengths by Grade 1 winner Chimichuri Run over 1000m.
“It is no secret, I have said many times that I believe he (Sir Frenchie) is probably two or three divisions higher than the horses he has been running against,” said bullish jockey Wayne Agrella.
Judged on Sir Frenchie’s Port Elizabeth record and how highly Agrella rates him, he should have no trouble justifying favouritism when he lines up in Race 7, a Pinnacle Stakes over 1000m on Fairview’s Polytrack tomorrow.
“We didn’t take him to Johannesburg for a Grade 1 just because we wanted to fill the field,” added Agrella.
“That is how good he is. I blow after every race and people think I’m unfit. I promise you I am fit; he is just a big pressure horse.”
The good news is that Sir Frenchie beat his main danger, Juan Two Three – who renews rivalry – by a whisker in June.
Considering Juan Two Three is returning from a 74-day break, Sir Frenchie should have no trouble confirming superiority.
To strengthen the selection’s case, he comes into this race at peak fitness, is beautifully drawn at No 2 and tops the best-weighted column.
Bearing in mind Salvadora was returning from a three-month rest, trying the synthetic surface and right-hand turn for the first time most recently, she did exceptionally well to finish third behind Gina’s Girl over 1900m – beaten a diminishing 1.10 lengths.
Now knowing her surroundings, this daughter of Oratorio should finally shed her maiden tag when she teams up with jockey Louis Mxothwa in Race 3, a Maiden Plate over 2200m.
Salvadora jumps from gate No 6, and although she isn’t weighted to win, the runner who is – Lady Clementine – doesn’t have the best form and is returning from a layoff.
On that evidence, Lady Clementine is unlikely to beat the selection.
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