Jack Milner: The Highveld Autumn season kicks off this weekend and staged at Turffontein are two Grade 3 races for three-year-olds – the Tony Ruffel Stakes and the Three Troikas Stakes for fillies, both over 1450m on the Inside track.
Jack Milner: Spanish Captain looks to be a decent sort and will be tried over 1400m for the first time when he runs in Race 6 at Greyville, a MR 74 Handicap on the Polytrack.
Jack Milner: Wendish will attempt to win her fourth successive race when she lines up in Race 9 at the Vaal, a MR 72 Handicap for fillies and mares over 1400m.
Nicci Garner: Three days after hot favourite Legal Eagle finished second to filly Smart Call in the R2.5-million J&B Met, ruling champion trainer Sean Tarry is still bemused about the manner in which the filly beat his star.
Jack Milner: Francis Semela will take a nine-point lead into the second leg of the Work Riders’ Challenge which will take place at the Vaal.
SMART CALL and connections
Jack Milner: For a jockey to have a successful season, all they have to do is get a chance ride from Weichong Marwing. Now that’s a Smart Call!
SMART CALL wins the met
There’s a new “wonder filly” on the block after Smart Call hammered a top field to win the J&B Met at Kenilworth. But, with eight winners on the day, trainer Justin Snaith stole much of the limelight.
Jack Milner: Sean Tarry has trained some decent horses in his time but could have the best yet in Legal Eagle.
PAST MASTER, HASSEN ADAMS
Jack Milner: Everybody has defining moments in their lives and one of the earliest for Hassen Adams came at the age of 10.
Nicci Garner: With 36 horses carded to run at the J&B Met meeting on Saturday, trainer Justin Snaith will have little time to socialise at the 12-race meeting and that will suit him fine – it means he can turn off his cell phone after Race 3 and pray that when he turns it back on again there are no death threats.