Jack Milner: Some trainers who have bigger plans for the autumn season on the Highveld like to use the Listed Drum Star Handicap as a warm-up event for their horses.
Trevor Reid: A difficult card awaits punters at Friday night’s race-meeting on the Greyville Polytrack but it could be worth following Willowgrange in Race 4, a FM 62 Handicap over 1600m.
Jack Milner: Pivotal Pursuit flew late to get the better of African Ruler in a Pinnacle Stakes over 1160m at Turffontein last month, winning by 0.40 lengths.
Patrick Nkosi: Jockey Warren Kennedy has been riding exceptionally well but we may have to wait to see him in the winner’s enclosure at Scottsville on Wednesday.
JANOOBI (right) AND AL SAHEM
Both Janoobi and Smiling Blue Eyes, respective winners of the first leg of the SA Triple Crown and the Wilgerbosdrift SA Triple Tiara, are among the entries for the second leg at Turffontein on Saturday 1 April.
Geoff Lester: Cheltenham – The four-day jumps festival at Cheltenham is the busiest week of the year for British bookies – yes, turnover surpasses Royal Ascot – and this year they are even taking bets on how many pints of Guinness will be drunk, with 220,000-plus the most popular option.
Patrick Nkosi: All eyes will be on Punta Arenas when he makes a return to racing at Scottsville on Sunday after a 106-day break.
Jack Milner: There will be a lot of speed on show at Turffontein on Saturday as the three Listed races are all over 1000m.
STAR BURST GALAXY
Jack Milner: The Listed Breeders Guineas for fillies heads up the card at Fairview on Friday and the outcome could well depend on whether The Merry Widow stays 1600m.
JUST AS I SAID
Jack Milner: When Lucky Houdalakis gets his stable in top form he churns out the winners. That is happening right now, and, as a result, Just As I Said could be tough to stop in Race 6 at the Vaal on Thursday, a MR 96 Handicap over 1200m on the Outside track.