Ken Nicol: Undercover Agent, Lyle Hewitson and part owner Greg Bortz all scored a maiden Grade 1 win, as the quality of this year’s three-year-old crop was heavily underlined in the Rising Sun Gold Challenge at Greyville.
AFRICAN NIGHT SKY
Ken Nicol: Ruling Vodacom July favourite African Night Sky could not have been more impressive as he came from stone last with 400m to go to win the Grade 3 Cup Trial under a hands and heels ride by Hong Kong bound Grant Van Niekerk.
MIKE DE KOCK
Ken Nicol: Mike De Kock got off to a great start at Greyville, winning both of the early juvenile Listed races.
Jack Milner: Justin Snaith has been having a decent run in KwaZulu-Natal this season and once again runners from his yard will dominate the betting on the feature races at Greyville on Saturday.
Ken Nicol: Exciting news breaking on Friday is that up and coming young jocks Grant Van Niekerk and Callan Murray have both been given clearance to ride in Hong Kong next season.
Viv Greybe: Champion trainer Alan Greeff looks to be holding a winning hand at Fairview on Friday when sending out five of the 12 runners in Race 8 and top event, the Lady’s Slipper Stakes, a Listed contest for two-year-old fillies over 1400m.
ALL SMILES FROM KABELO MATSUNTYANE
Apprentice Kabelo Matsuntyane had a red-letter day at the Vaal on Thursday when he brought home Heywot for trainer Craig Mayhew to win Race 7.
Jack Milner: The team of jockey Gunter Wrogemann and trainer Candice Dawson was turning into a successful combination and the statistics back that up.
Gunter Wrogemann successfully came through his facial surgery on Wednesday morning and can now start on the long healing process.
Viv Greybe: Cape Town-based Rock Of Africa, out of Vaughan Marshall’s stable, looks on target for another successful KwaZulu-Natal raid at Scottsville on Wednesday when he steps out with MJ Byleveld aboard in Race 5 and main event, a MR 96 Handicap over 1200m.