GRANT VAN NIEKERK
Bishop’s Bounty caused a massive upset in the Grade 2 Khaya Stables Diadem Stakes at Kenilworth on Saturday, starting at 45-1 and scooting to a comfortable victory over a field of top-rated sprinters.
Jack Milner: The three-year-old fillies have been giving their elders a hiding in feature races in Cape Town and the colts have not been far behind.
Viv Greybe: Yvette Bremner-trained Veeipee Club has the right credentials to claim her first feature race win on Friday when teamed up with champion apprentice Lyle Hewitson on the Fairview Polytrack in Race 7, the R110,000 Aloe Handicap for three-year-old fillies over 1300m.
Ed Marnane: Dubai – The 2018 Dubai World Cup Carnival (DWWC) kicks off at Meydan on Thursday, highlighted by the Al Maktoum Challenge (Round 1) over 1600m on dirt, the traditional feature of the opening night of Dubai’s international equine extravaganza.
Nicci Garner: Horse of the Year Legal Eagle “has taken the run well” after arguably his toughest race to date in last Saturday’s L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate at Kenilworth and it’s all systems go for the Sun Met celebrated with G.H. Mumm champagne in 2½ weeks’ time, says his trainer Sean Tarry.
Nicci Garner: Owner Sabine Plattner – currently third on the national log – and her private trainer Andre Nel look set to dominate at the eight-race meeting at Durbanville on Tuesday when they could have three winners, all ridden by Donovan Dillon.
CASCAPEDIA IN THE LONDON NEWS HANDICAP
Nicci Garner: Top-class filly Cascapedia scored another impressive win, her fifth in six starts, when trouncing a good field in the R250,000 London News Stakes (Grade 3) over 1800m at Turffontein on Sunday.
THREE-TIME QUEEN'S PLATE WINNER LEGAL EAGLE
Nicci Garner: There was barely a dry eye on the racecourse when Sean Tarry-trained Legal Eagle scored one of the gutsiest wins of his career in the R1.5-million L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate (Grade 1) over 1600m at Kenilworth on Saturday.
Jack Milner: While Legal Eagle will be running in new colours for the first time, the hue of his performance is unlikely to change. The six-year-old son of Greys Inn is by far the best 1600m in the country and it looks highly unlikely his new colours will be lowered at Kenilworth when he contests the R1.5-million L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate.
Jack Milner: The outcome of the R400,000 Cartier Sceptre Stakes over 1200m at Kenilworth could well depend on whether Anton Marcus can get Just Sensual going in time over this distance but Joey Ramsden’s charge might not be able to give start and weight to some useful three-year-olds in this Grade 2 event.