Sarah all set to fly home

PUBLISHED: 10 January 2020

Sarah (JC Photographics)

The Turffontein meeting tomorrow features the Listed Swallow Stakes over 1160m for three-year-old fillies which takes place 25 minutes before the running of the L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate.

The 1160m sprint should be won by Sarah, whose high merit rating was questioned by some but she proved worthy of it last time when giving the crack filly True To Life 5,5kg and running 3,25 lengths behind her for third place in the Magnolia. The conditions of this race make her hard to beat and she is in fact 3,5kg well in with the second best weighted horse Gin Fizz. Furthermore, she has landed the standside draw, which by trends is the right side to be on. Gin Fizz, who receives 2kg from Sarah, has plenty of speed and will likely appreciate the step down in trip. She is not straight forward but if producing her best on the day will be a threat. Tallinn could also be a threat. She showed good natural speed on debut over 1200m when backed into 13/10 and winning easily and this is the first time she will be running over a sprint distance since. Tropic Sun has run three good sprint races to date and could also earn. The Frankel filly Risk Taker won second time out over a sprint trip and has been tried over further since, so she is another one who could benefit from a step down in trip.

Sarah (JC Photographics)
Sarah (JC Photographics)

The meeting should start with a Sean Tarry double. In the first Cornish Pomodoro is a big long-striding sort who sent one horse flying when squeezing through a gap on debut where he stayed on well for second over 1160m and he should love the step up to 1400m. Trend Master will be a threat as he was not disgraced in fourth place in a good field over this trip last time.

In the second the Dingaans hero Shango returns to action over the Dingaans course and distance and this progressive sort should win even if it is just a preparation outing for the Gauteng Guineas. Approach Control is well drawn and is the biggest danger over a suitable course and distance. Indy Go could place here too.

The punters good fortunes could continue with a double for Mike de Kock. Diorama will relish the step up in trip in the third and is drawn in pole. Martha and Acorn Alley are the dangers. 

In the first leg of the Pick 6 De Kock has three runners and Ghalyoon makes appeal as he is drawn well which will suit his front-running style. Last time over this same course and distance he was drawn wide in his first run after gelding and was caught late.

Tarry could then take over the reins as his filly Keep Smiling is well weighted in the fifth over 2000m, although Green Top will enjoy the step up in trip on pedigree and By Chance is a progressive sort who will have a say too.

The sixth is tricky but Land Of The Brave is drawn on the right side and has a 2,5kg claimer aboard which should alleviate to some extent the effects of a thirteen point raise he was given for a second place finish in a feature last time. Donderweer was under sufferance last time and ran accordingly but back in a handicap here he has a chance over his favourite trip. Isphan is an old soldier who will be capable of popping up from a favourable high draw off a much reduced merit rating. 

In the eighth over 1160m The Sands has things in his favour for change over a suitable trip, although a few horses will have to be included in the Pick 6.

In the last race Al Borak has a fine chance back in an ordinary handicap having finished fourth in the Listed Secretariat over this 1400m course and distance last time. 

By David Thiselton