Earl Of Surrey wins.
FORMER Zimbabwean Champion Earl Of Surrey produced a terrific burst of speed halfway down the Greyville straight which helped him to a narrow win in the Grade 2 R350 000 Drill Hall Stakes over 1400m on Friday night.
Spakling Gem, Greyville.
THE KRA Guineas and Fillies Guineas at Greyville over 1600m on Sunday exhibit an interesting contrast for punters. The fillies race is dominated by the two Cape Town stars – Mother Russia and Sparkling Gem – while the R312,500 first prize in the Guineas itself looks up for grabs to any runner who can produce the goods on the day.
GREG Cheyne, in top form.
TRAINER Alan Greeff and jockey Greg Cheyne are expected to make a meal of the features at Fairview this afternoon. The combination could open the day winning with the Fred Crabbia-owned Berg Wind who made an impression last time when losing by the shortest of heads to West Germany.
TRAINER Geoff Woodruff.
FINDING the winner of tonight’s Drill Hall Stakes (G2) over 1400m is a bit like drawing a name out of a hat. Many of the runners are having prep runs for bigger things to come and a number with obvious chances are drawn badly.
Polzeath beating Goat.
HAVING a filly like Milk And Honey in his yard must be pretty frustrating for trainer Mike de Kock. There is no doubt she has plenty of talent but when it comes to getting her head in front at the line, Milk And Honey often turns to vinegar.
JOCKEY Piere Strydom
WITH R159,769 boosting the pool, the Pick 6 is worth catching at the Vaal tomorrow. Unfortunately for punters it does not look an easy task unless Geoff Woodruff can continue his flow of winners.
JOYFUL APPLAUSE began her racing career with a scintillating 10.25-length victory at Clairwood but took another eight starts before visiting the winner’s box again. In between the West Man filly contested the Allan Robertson Fillies Championship at Scottsville and the Golden Slipper at Greyville, both Grade 1 events.
VILLANDRY and Dijla could each land a graded-race success when they contest the Umkhomazi Stakes (colts and geldings) and The Debutante (fillies) respectively at Scottsville on Sunday. The races are for juveniles and will be run over 1200m as Races 6 and 7.
DEON Sampson, Montaque.
HABIT dictates that when Peter Miller has four runners in a Pinnacle Plate at Flamingo Park, most tipsters will select one of them to win. However, the modus operandi could change on Monday in Race 7, where visiting trainers Andre Kirsten, Corne Spies and Ian Jayes could displace the usual Miller winner.
JOCKEY Gavin Lerena.
A return to 1600m and the addition of blinkers could make all the difference to Urban Reason when he contests Race 4 at Turffontein on Saturday. Alec Laird’s runner has been trying distances of 1800m and 2000m but does not appear to get the trip.