Jack Milner: Mike de Kock is delighted with the work currently being put up by both of his runners in Saturday’s R1-million Cartier Paddock Stakes over 1800m at Kenilworth, Nother Russia and Orchid Island.
Jack Milner: In spite of all the commotion going on around him, trainer Sean Tarry confirms Legal Eagle has had an uninterrupted build-up to Saturday’s defence of his L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate title.
BRAAM VAN HUYSSTEEN
Cape Town – Braam van Huyssteen calculates that he has bought some 400 horses in his near nine-year stint as a racehorse owner but none of them have been anywhere near the calibre of Legal Eagle who carries his distinctive dayglow yellow, purple spots colours for the first time in the L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate at Kenilworth on Saturday.
BEN PAULING. PHOTO: RACING POST.
London – Willoughby Court can begin the new year with an almighty bang by winning the Dipper Novices’ Chase at Cheltenham.
SHE'S A GIVER
Viv Greybe: Former champion Gavin Lerena has taken only one ride at Greyville on Sunday and that could be a winning one when he teams up with Johan Janse van Vuuren-trained She’s A Giver in Race 7, the R250,000 Flamboyant Stakes over 1600m.
Nicci Garner: Alfolk was mighty unlucky in the Golden Loom Handicap over 1000m at Turffontein last time when beaten a head by hugely talented and faster-finishing Graduation Day but looks set to amends in the R250,000 Lebelo Sprint (Grade 3).
SEAN TARRY, ANTON MARCUS AND LEGAL EAGLE.
Cape Town – Legal Eagle will carry the colours of Braam van Huyssteen for the first time when the dual Horse of the Year attempts to win the L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate for the third successive year at Kenilworth on Saturday next week.
Nicci Garner: They’ve saved the best for last at the Vaal Classic meeting because the best bet on the card comes in Race 9, a FM 68 Handicap for fillies and mares over 1000m.
Viv Greybe: Punters can get away to a flyer at Kenilworth when Brett Crawford-trained Pata Pata teams up with Greg Cheyne and takes on six rivals in Race 1, a Maiden Plate over 1000m.
Jack Milner: Christmas dinners will have been consumed but the Listed Christmas Handicap over 1600m on the Greyville turf track will be run on Tuesday. It looks quite competitive but there are two trainers whose runners appear to dominate the race – Duncan Howells and Johan Janse van Vuuren.