Ken Nicol: Hawwaam kept his undefeated record in the Tony Ruffel Stakes on Sunday, but had to dig very deep, completing a Grade 3 double on the day for Mike de Kock and Gavin Lerena.
Bonginkosi Inkosi: We’ve always had a gut-feel about Hawwaam.
DO IT AGAIN (YELLOW) GETS UP
Ken Nicol: Superstar Do It Again won a heart stopping L’Ormarins Queens Plate when he got up very late to get the better of the brilliant three-year-old Soqrat at Kenilworth on Saturday.
Jack Milner: We are only a few days into 2019 and already pundits are calling Saturday’s L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate over 1600m at Kenilworth as the race of the year.
Jack Milner: The drop in distance should be ideal for Clouds Unfold when she contests the Grade 2 Cartier Sceptre Stakes over 1200m at Kenilworth on Friday, the opening day of the L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate Racing Festival.
Jack Milner: There is a view among some jockeys that to give a 4kg claim to an apprentice until he has ridden 20 winners is unfair to fully fledged jockeys and to an extent, it plays havoc with form lines.
Viv Greybe: Though up in class, Alan Greeff-trained Madame Speaker has a bright chance to post a course and distance on Wednesday at Fairview when lining up with Greg Cheyne again in Race 7, the Lady’s Bracelet (Listed) for fillies and mares over 1600m.
Jack Milner: Philae had a decent debut on the Polytrack at Greyville on 30 November when finishing second to Miss Smarty Pants in a FM 88 Handicap over 1400m.
Three-time champion Legal Eagle and four-year-old Rainbow Bridge share favouritism at 33-10 for the L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate over 1600m at Kenilworth on Saturday.