Jack Milner: It is almost impossible these days to preview a race without a runner from the Sean Tarry stable coming into contention. Race 6 over 1200m at the Vaal on Tuesday is no exception and the improving Donny G could prove very hard to oppose.
ABASHIRI WINS THE DERBY
Jack Milner: Abashiri delighted his hordes of supporters as he became the third horse clinch the SA Triple Crown at Turffontein on Saturday. But it was, oh, so close.
Nicci Garner: Trainer Sean Tarry stable bagged his fourth feature-race success on Champions Day at Turffontein on Saturday and added R3.1 million to his stable’s haul for the season, when hot favourite Legal Eagle and stablemate French Navy finished 1-2 respectively in the R4-million Premier’s Champions Challenge (Grade 1) over 2000m.
Jack Milner: Everybody loves a champion and there will be many out in force at Turffontein on Saturday on the aptly named Champions Day.
Jack Milner: The question on every racegoer’s lips on Saturday will be: can Abashiri become just the third horse to win the SA Triple Crown?
Jack Milner: An interesting MR 87 Handicap for fillies and mares over 1200m, Race 8, heads up the card at the Vaal, mainly because the form is very close.
Jason Dedekind: The scratching of Al Ciberano from Race 5 at Scottsville has opened the door for Ho’oponopono from the Dennis Bosch stable to notch up his second successive victory.
CLOTH OF CLOUD
Trainer Sean Tarry has opted to follow the same route with Cloth Of Cloud as he did with Carry On Alice in 2014 and take on the colts in the Grade 1 SA Nursery over 1160m at Turffontein on Saturday.
Jack Milner: Tienie Prinsloo saddles a trio of runners in the Northern Cape Stayers Handicap (Non-Black Type), Race 7 over 2200m at Flamingo Park and it would come as no surprise if the three runners were to fight out the finish.