Headline News Whisky Baron on track

WHISKY BARON

Nicci Garner: Whisky Baron is well on track to run a big race in the R5-million Sun Met on Saturday 28 January, holding form well to win the R400,000 Peninsula Handicap over 1800m at Kenilworth last Saturday.

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Headline News Anton Marcus is king of the Queen’s Plate festival

LEGAL EAGLE

Mike Moon: The first “festival” staging of the L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate at Kenilworth was graced by a memorable double from jockey Anton Marcus. He steered South Africa’s Horse of the Year Legal Eagle to a facile second consecutive victory in the Queen’s Plate itself, after driving super filly Bela-Bela to a thrilling triumph in the other Grade 1 race of the meeting, the 1800m Maine Chance Farms Paddock Stakes.

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Headline News Granted, Anton has the edge

LEGAL EAGLE AND ANTON MARCUS

Jack Milner: While many people are calling the R1.5-million L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate over 1600m at Kenilworth on Saturday a two-horse race between Legal Eagle and Marinaresco, they may have missed out on another rivalry that will continue throughout the day – Anton Marcus against Grant van Niekerk.

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Headline News Carry On Alice tipped to regain the upper hand

CARRY ON ALICE

Jack Milner: Carry On Alice has to be the best performed active mare in South African racing currently. She has raced 24 times and 13 of those have been in Grade 1 races. Sean Tarry’s charge has won three Grade 1s and placed in another six.

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Headline News Queen’s Plate draw is a worry but Marinaresco is well

CANDICE BASS-ROBINSON

Nicci Garner: Top-class four-year-old Marinaresco nearly gave Legal Eagle a fright in the 1600m Green Point Stakes at Kenilworth last month and there is a strong possibility he can beat the ruling Equus Horse Of The Year in the R1,5-million L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate over the same trip on Saturday.

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Headline News Amsterdam ready to win

CRAIG ZACKEY

Jack Milner: The whole concept of merit ratings is to keep a horse competitive. Some runners have one superb performance which sees their ratings climb disproportionately to their ability and one just has to wait until that rating falls enough to make them competitive again.

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