Horse of the Year Oh Susanna is 15-10 favourite for the HSH Princess Charlene Empress Club Stakes at Turffontein on Saturday but Snaith Racing is concerned that punters, seeing Richard Fourie’s mount rated 4.5kg clear of the next best (Fresnaye), will rush in blindly without taking sufficient notice of the negatives.
Jono Snaith said on Saturday: “Oh Susanna may not need to run to her best form as she is weighted to win but punters need to be cautious and tread lightly. The factors against her are the altitude, that she is coming off a rest and that the mile is short of her best.”
The stable, which won this Grade 1 with Dancer’ Daughter ten years ago, sent last year’s Met winner to Summerveld a month ago and she will travel to Turffontein on Friday evening in a bid to minimise the effects of the course’s near 1 800m altitude.
Fresnaye is an 11-1 chance with World Sports Betting which sees the Mike de Kock-trained Cascapedia (9-2) and Nafaayes (13-2) as the biggest dangers to the favourite. De Kock has won three of the last four runnings and seven of the last 13. The Sean Tarry-trained Celtic Sea (15-2) is the only other in single figures.
By Michael Clower