Pocket Power, victorious.
THERE aren’t many commonly used adjectives left to describe him and history will reflect that Pocket Power’s third successive Grade 1 R2,5 million J&B Met was received with a loud, uproarious appreciation from around 35 000 people at Kenilworth on Saturday.
Trainer Geoff Woodruff
GEOFF Woodruff saddles just five runners at the Vaal on Thursday but appears set to provide his owners with a couple of winning stake cheques. Racing reverts to the sand track and that should be good news for Major Champion, who has not exactly excelled in his last couple of contests on the turf.
Milk and Honey, Greyville.
THE withdrawal of Mochachino from Wednesday evening’s Grade 3 Flamboyant Stakes over 1600m at Greyville paves the way for Milk And Honey to notch up her first feature-race victory. Mike de Kock’s American-bred filly was runner-up to Emblem Of Liberty last time out in the Ipi Tombe Stakes at Turffontein over this distance.
Corne Spies, Luna Rossa
LUNA Rossa has won four of five starts contested at Flamingo Park and has a definite liking for this sand track. Although she once performed in an inexplicable way when finishing six lengths behind Flying Nicholas, she is confidently expected to make the others gallop again today.
Jockey Alec Forbes
AFTER cruising to victory in her first two starts over 1200m at Scottsville She’s A Winner seemed to be living up to her name. Her 2.25 length victory success in the Grade 3 Godolphin Barb Stakes was made even more notable when she defeated top-class colt Forest Path, who was sent out a 1-3 favourite.
Jockey Bernard Fayd'Herbe
REBEL King, second in the Grade 1 Betting World Cape Flying Championship over 1000m at Kenilworth last year, went one better with a workmanlike victory in this year’s renewal on Saturday.
Jockey Anthony Delpech
CHAMPION jockey-turned-trainer Michael Roberts has two runners in the listed Michael Roberts Handicap that has been run in his honour for a number of years now, but whether Tropical Empire or Harbour Light are capable of lifting the prize for him remains to be seen.
Trainer Mike Bass
TWO tricky listed races for fillies and mares headline today’s Kenilworth card but it may pay to follow Mike Bass in both events. Between them Bass and Joey Ramsden saddle six of the nine runners in the Cape Breeders’ Club Sun Classique Fillies Handicap over 2400m and runners from their stables should fight out the finish.
Gavin Smith, Gazi's Girl.
THE old horseracing adage weight stops trains could rear its destructive head in the FM 74 Handicap over 1200 m at Fairview today.Gilded Moon is the form horse in the line-up. She has won three of her last four outings, but shoulders a hefty 61,5kg.
St John Gray, Rutana
TRAINER St John Gray has done well with his stallion Announce, especially with runners on the sand. But in Rutana he seems to have found an exceedingly versatile filly, who is equally at home345 on turf or sand, up the straight or around the turn.