MOTHER RUSSIA beats Sparkling Gem in the G1 Paddock Stakes.
NICCI GARNER – PERHAPS Mike Bass summed it up best when he said it takes “a heck of a horse” to beat Pocket Power after he won his fourth Queen’s Plate at Kenilworth on Saturday.
RIVER JETEZ (pictured above) can post the first G1 win of her career in the TBA Paddock Stakes.
WHEN a group of experts gave their opinions last year as to who were the greatest horses ever to race in South Africa, many of them felt Pocket Power was not among them.
POCKET POWER is a champion and that puts him in a different league to the other nine runners in this Saturday’s L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate over 1600m at Kenilworth.
AIR COMBAT looks best of the Bass runners.
TRAINER Mike Bass will no doubt be disappointed if he does not win the Grade 2 Peninsula Handicap over 1800m at Kenilworth on Tuesday.
BADGER'S COVE scores an upset in the Sceptre Stakes.
JACK MILNER – FOUR feature races took place over this New Year weekend with the bookies and the punters sharing honours at two wins apiece. Punters were smiling when Curved Ball captured the Listed Sea Cottage Stakes over 1800m on Friday and rejoicing further when Sean Tarry’s Captain’s Gal cantered home345 in the Grade 3 Flamboyant Stakes over 1600m at Greyville on Saturday night.
SONIC BARRIER can score a quick double after racking up a win last week.
SONIC Barrier is another of those horses who shows a link between runners who perform well on the Turffontein inside track and also run well on the sand.
Oracy (photo) and Dan De Lago, set to do battle!
JACK MILNER – When Pocket Power came up against Big City Life in a specially arranged Pinnacle Plate at Kenilworth earlier this month it was billed as a battle of the champions. Turffontein racegoers will have a similar experience on Sunday when trainer Charles Laird pits two of his finest equines against one another in the Grade 3 London News Stakes over 1800m on the standside track.
POCKET POWER draws at No 1 for the Queen's Plate
TRAINER Mike Bass must have been all smiles when he learned that his two key runners in the R1-million L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate (G1) and TBA Paddock Stakes at Kenilworth on Saturday 9 January had both drawn pole position for their respective races.
Golden Parachute is weighted with a good chance.
JACK MILNER – Trainer Mike Bass has a strong hand in Saturday’s Grade 3 Cape Summer Stayers Handicap over 2500m at Kenilworth. Even with the scratching of Thundering Jet, he still has three runners – Diamond Quest, Frankie De Wheels and Golden Parachute – all of who have strong winning claims.
Croc Valley looks set to confirm her Fillies Guineas form.
JACK MILNER – Trainer Mike Bass clearly has a high opinion of Croc Valley as she was well supported to win the Grade 1 Avontuur Estate Cape Fillies Guineas earlier this month. She ran on well to dead heat for fourth with Mike de Kock’s top filly Laverna, just 2.5 lengths off surprise winner Field Flower.