Oracy (photo) and Dan De Lago, set to do battle!
JACK MILNER – When Pocket Power came up against Big City Life in a specially arranged Pinnacle Plate at Kenilworth earlier this month it was billed as a battle of the champions. Turffontein racegoers will have a similar experience on Sunday when trainer Charles Laird pits two of his finest equines against one another in the Grade 3 London News Stakes over 1800m on the standside track.
POCKET POWER draws at No 1 for the Queen's Plate
TRAINER Mike Bass must have been all smiles when he learned that his two key runners in the R1-million L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate (G1) and TBA Paddock Stakes at Kenilworth on Saturday 9 January had both drawn pole position for their respective races.
Golden Parachute is weighted with a good chance.
JACK MILNER – Trainer Mike Bass has a strong hand in Saturday’s Grade 3 Cape Summer Stayers Handicap over 2500m at Kenilworth. Even with the scratching of Thundering Jet, he still has three runners – Diamond Quest, Frankie De Wheels and Golden Parachute – all of who have strong winning claims.
Croc Valley looks set to confirm her Fillies Guineas form.
JACK MILNER – Trainer Mike Bass clearly has a high opinion of Croc Valley as she was well supported to win the Grade 1 Avontuur Estate Cape Fillies Guineas earlier this month. She ran on well to dead heat for fourth with Mike de Kock’s top filly Laverna, just 2.5 lengths off surprise winner Field Flower.
Generous Anna,winning at Clairwood last June.
JACK MILNER – When Generous Anna contested the Grade 3 Fillies Mile on Sansui Summer Cup day, many pundits felt jockey Anton Marcus had erred in not taking the ride on stable companion Quality Alone.
Trainer Geoff Woodruff.
JACK MILNER – Many of the trainers based at the Vaal Racecourse have been having a lean time currently, including former champion trainer Geoff Woodruff. It appeared to be business as usual when Seattle Ice won the Emperors Palace Charity Mile at Turffontein last month but that run didn’t last long.
Noordhoek Flyer wins the BSA Guineas in style.
JACK MILNER – IT may have been more significant than most people realised that Noordhoek Flyer was carded as No 7 in the BloodStock SA Cape Guineas over 1600m at Kenilworth on Saturday.
SMART BANKER has another preparatory run for the Met on Sunday.
MUCH of the attention for next month’s J&B Met at Kenilworth is focussing on the clash between Pocket Power and Big City Life. Then some pundits are adding two Charles Laird runners into the mix – Dan De Lago and Oracy.
Galileo's Galaxy at Turffontein last month.
IT was in 1609, exactly 400 years ago, that Galileo Galilei demonstrated his first telescope to Venetian merchants. They were not too impressed with his invention and did not view it as having much commercial potential.
ANTON MARCUS rides six of the eight favourites.
THE Latin expression “caveat emptor” means “let the buyer beware”. It is a legal term that warns anybody purchasing an item that they need to be alert to any of the seller’s possible shenanigans.