NOTHER RUSSIA WINS THE ACACIA
Nicci Garner: The Mike de Kock stable are keeping their options open with Janoobi, with both the SA Classic and HF Oppenheimer Horse Chestnut Stakes on Saturday 1 April pencilled in as possibilities, according to assistant trainer Mathew de Kock.
Jack Milner: Top Shot looks the form horse in Race 7 at Turffontein on Tuesday, a MR 88 Handicap over 1600m on the Inside track.
GUINEAS FINISH: AL SAHEM AND JANOOBI
Jack Milner: It seldom happens that any felicity comes so pure as not to be tempered and allayed by some mixture of sorrow. Those words were written by Miguel de Cervantes, the author of Don Quixote, and they aptly apply to the day Mike de Kock endured last Saturday.
MIKE DE KOCK
Mike Moon: Master trainer Mike de Kock landed his 3,000th career winner when Janoobi snatched victory in the Betting World Gauteng Guineas at Turffontein on Saturday.
Jack Milner: There is an air of excitement before the start of the R1-million Betting World Gauteng Guineas (Grade 2) because it if filled with hope and expectation. It is the first leg of the SA Triple Crown and all nine runners are contenders for the R2-million bonus. After Saturday there will just be one.
Jack Milner: That question of fillies-only form against the form of the colts comes into the spotlight at the Vaal on Thursday when She’s A Giver lines up in a Graduation Plate over 1200m on the Outside track.
Nicci Garner: Ruling champion trainer Sean Tarry has yet to win the R1-million Betting World Gauteng Guineas (Grade 2) over 1600m, but has the second and third favourites for the alternative first leg of the SA Triple Crown at Turffontein this Saturday in Furiosa and Al Sahem.
Heavenly Blue and Furiosa are vying for favouritism at the top of the sponsor’s boards for the R1-million Betting World Gauteng Guineas (Grade 2) over 1600m at Turffontein on Saturday.
Jack Milner: Anton Marcus makes a rare trip to Joburg for a night meeting on Tuesday and has only four rides on the eight-race card. Significantly, two of those horses are owned by Mayfair Speculators, for whom Marcus rides, and it could be worth keeping an eye on the pair.
Jack Milner: Zaakhira should enjoy the drop to 1200m on Sunday when she lines up in Race 6 at Turffontein, the Three-Year-Old Fillies Handicap over 1200m on the Inside track.