Mike Moon: Apprentice jockey Luke Ferraris has quickly established himself as the brightest rising star on the South African racing scene.
Jack Milner: As a rule conditions races tend to help punters as they have the advantage of knowing who are the best handicapped horses and while there is no guarantee everything will work out as planned, one generally gets close.
Ken Nicol: While the vast majority of Richard Fourie’s rides have been with the Snaith yard since the new season began, he was quick to stress he is not formally retained as their stable jockey when spoken to at Durbanville on Saturday.
Ken Nicol: Anton Marcus appears in an ‘ordinary’ race meeting for the first time since returning from his broken wrist when saddling up at Scottsville on Sunday.
MARCO VAN RENSBURG
Ken Nicol: Last year’s winner Dodgy Itie stayed on resolutely under a strong Marco Van Rensburg ride to successfully defend his RA Flamingo Mile crown in the head liner of Kimberley’s biggest raceday.
Jack Milner: Flamingo Park takes centre stage on Saturday with the traditional running of their three Non-Black Type feature races – the RA Diamond Stayers over 2200m, the RA Flamingo Mile and the Betting World Sprint over 1000m.
Viv Greybe: Alan Greeff-trained So Enchanting, who has struck top form recently, could be up to the task at Fairview on Friday when teamed up with Eastern Cape champion Greg Cheyne in Race 6, the Wedgewood Handicap (Non-Black Type), a contest for fillies and mares over 2400m.
Mike Moon: The card for today’s Vaal Inside track meeting presents an intriguing challenge, with a number of wide-open contests.
JUSTIN SNAITH IN FAMILIAR POSE
Viv Greybe: Champion trainer Justin Snaith has a good chance to start the new season on a high note at Durbanville on Wednesday when sending out some bright prospects on the eight-race card.