Jack Milner: Zodiac Ruler and Misty Birnam are set to renew their rivalry in the Grade 1 Premiers Champion Stakes over 1600m at Greyville on Saturday.
Jack Milner: For those of you who are old enough to remember the movie “Lili”, will recall that memorable scene in which Lesley Caron sings the main song with two marionettes called Hi Lily, Hi Lily, Hi lo.
Jack Milner: The Grade 3 Final Fling Stakes over 1800m at Kenilworth is theoretically aimed at fillies and mares who will be retiring to stud at the end of the season on 31 July. However, that is not always the case as can be attested to by last year’s winner Cat And The Moon who is coming back for a second final fling.
Durban – Mike Bass will be looking to end his training career on a high when he saddles Marinaresco in the race named in his and his wife’s honour, the Grade 1 Mike and Carol Bass Champions Cup to be run at Greyville Racecourse next Saturday 30 July.
Jack Milner: Bookmakers have priced up Cape Speed as the 9-2 favourite to win the R1.25 million eLan Gold Cup (Grade 2) over 3 200m at Greyville on Saturday 30 July.
Nicci Garner: Only one horse in the last 10 years has completed the Jet Stayers-Gold Cup double – Mokaro in 2009 – but Ovidio will have plenty of supporters in the R1.25-million eLAN Gold Cup (Grade 2) over 3200m at Greyville on Saturday next week. The race is the country’s premier event for stayers, even though it has been downgraded from Grade 1 status.
Nicci Garner: Apprentice Lyle Hewitson, who lost his apprentice allowance last week on only his 460th professional raceride, could score at least two wins on Tuesday at the Vaal.
RED RAY WINS MERCURY SPRINT
Nicci Garner: There is a possibility that Red Ray will not see a racecourse again following his impressive win in Saturday’s R800,000 Mercury Sprint (Grade 1) over 1200m at Greyville.
Mike Moon: Red Ray underlined the adage that class is permanent when he bounced back to his best form – of nearly three years ago – and ran away from the opposition to record a two-length victory in the Grade 1 Mercury Sprint at Greyville on Saturday.