Fri­day the 13th may be lucky for some

The Herald (South Africa) - - SPORT - Pun­ters’ Pal

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.

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