Bernard Fayd’Herbe, six winners in the last week, has an outstanding chance on Round The Horn in the Betting World Maiden at Kenilworth tomorrow.
The Andre Nel filly showed improved form when fitted with blinkers and dropped back to this 1 200m last time and the booking of the in-form Fayd’Herbe is significant. His mount is rated is 4kg superior to It’s My Life and has already been backed down to favouritism.
The lightly raced Maravalliso could be the biggest threat as she has two good runs to her credit and has obvious scope for improvement. It’s My Life also has claims after dropping back to this distance at Durbanville and taking an encouraging fourth, only half a length behind Maravalliso.
Justin Snaith has a string of fancied runners and kicks off with the odds-on newcomer Queensbarns in the opening Maiden Juvenile Fillies. The champion trainer has been particularly pro-active with his two-year-olds this season, making sure they make the racecourse, and this daughter of Racing Post Trophy winner Kingsbarns will be the 60th to have run in Cape Town.
However Snaith has continued to exercise the patience that has paid such dividends in the past and only four of the 14 that have won did so at the first attempt. In other words stable statistics are against the 17-20 shot scoring tomorrow.
Scottish Ally is second in the market at 28-10 but she has cost punters dear on her last two runs and was reported in post-race distress after the most recent one. It could pay to take a chance with the 4-1 Vaughan Marshall newcomer Fynbos, a daughter of the 2009 Cape Fillies Guineas winner Field Flower.
Snaith introduces the superbly bred Wild Coast in race two. This filly is the first foal of the champion Beach Beauty and is by Trippi. Little wonder that she opened favourite. However she has eased since and Hubble is preferred. The Glen Kotzen filly has the priceless benefit of racecourse experience. She showed speed when leading in a 1 400m here last time and reverts to 1 200m over which she has some decent form.
The Brett Crawford-trained Kursk is 15-10 favourite for the 1 800m TAB Telebet Maiden (race five) but it is a toss-up between Greg Cheyne’s mount and Winter Shadow (3-1) who showed significantly improved form over a mile last month, was raised nine points as a result to make him officially a kilo better. He gets the vote.
By Michael Clower