Nicci Garner: Abashiri, South Africa’s third Triple Crown winner, is still resting after a hectic three-year-old season and his annual vaccinations, but will be brought back into training in time to do himself justice in the L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate on 7 January and then go for The Met on 28 January.
Nicci Garner: Asstar relocated from the Cape to KwaZulu-Natal in May and has shown his appreciation for the change of surroundings with two wins and a third for trainer Garth Puller.
Nicci Garner: Current jockeys’ log-leader Andrew Fortune looks a man to follow on the Turffontein Inside track on Saturday when he has a strong card of rides.
Jack Milner: Once again runners from the Justin Snaith yard look set to dominate a feature in Port Elizabeth, with Acrostar and Cat And The Moon looking the pair to beat in the Listed Jockey Club Stakes for fillies and mares over 2000m on the Fairview turf track on Friday.
Jack Milner: The scratching of Analyse This and Pacific G have narrowed the field for Race 8 at the Vaal on Thursday, a MR 72 Handicap over 1600m on the Outside track.
Mark van Deventer: Jockey Greg Cheyne has returned after an injury-enforced layoff, quickly resuming with a succession of winners, including four victories at Fairview on Friday.
Jack Milner: Negroamaro must be one of the unluckiest horses in the country. She clearly has loads of talent, but in a plethora of feature races for three-year-old fillies she was only able to get her nose in front on one occasion.
Jack Milner: Just how accurate the weight-for-age scale is will always be the subject of debate but it will certainly be a topic under discussion at Flamingo Park on Monday when Jewel Quest lines up in Race 7, a MR 64 Handicap for fillies and mares over 1000m.
The market proved strong and buoyant throughout the two days of trading at the 2016 National Two Year Old Sale, which was concluded at the TBA sales complex in Germiston on Friday evening.