Friday the 13th may be lucky for some
IT IS Friday the 13th that will hopefully bring a lot of luck for punters at the Fairview race track today.
We need all the luck we can get to tackle a very difficult card of eight races on the Polytrack.
For those who believe in superstitions and look for a number 13 to back, there will only be one chance.
The filly Yutaka is the only one carrying saddle cloth 13 at the meeting.
She will be having the first run of her career in the second race on the card for her owners, the mom and daughter combination of Michelle and Brooke Turner.
The main race is a Pinnacle Stakes (race 4) where the difficult customer Gogetthesheriff will hopefully follow up on his good behaviour from his last start.
He is such a good horse and the Port Elizabeth crowd is eager to see the best of him after he had some problems at the start recently. His last race was encouraging though.
With him in the race, along with some other good sorts like Sir Duke, it should be a cracker.
Another interesting race is a Conditions Plate for fillies and mares which sees the PE debut of the very capable Our Destiny.
She is now in the care of champion trainer Alan Greeff but hasn’t been in action for more than three months. If fully fit, she should be a banker in all bets.
According to track manager Kleintjie Badenhorst, the more rain the better for the Polytrack. We had a little bit of rain and the Poly should be in a perfect condition.
Kleintjie will retire at the end of the month but is still hard at work to get the grass track ready for the big Algoa Cup weekend.
Including today, there are three more meetings on the Poly before the action switches to the grass on October 27 when the Racing Association Stakes will be the main race. There are some very exciting entries for this one.
The Algoa Cup is run on Sunday the 29th and the word is that last year’s winner, Nebula, will make the trip from Cape Town to try and make it two in a row in PE’s biggest race.