Longsword gets the vote

The Star Early Edition - - RACING -

eas­ier to over­come a 12 draw this time as it is a weaker field than the Guineas.

Safe Har­bour can also be de­scribed as rangy and has had an out­stand­ing sum­mer in Cape Town. She won the R2,5 mil­lion CTS Ready To Run Stakes over 1 400m and beat four horses in that race who went on to run in the Cape Guineas. She was then touched off by Just Sen­sual in the Gr 1 WSB Cape Fil­lies Guineas and was also touched off by the cham­pion older filly Be­laBela in the Gr 1 Maine Chance Pad­dock Stakes over 1 800m. She has a bet­ter draw than Wil­liam Longsword, seven, and We­i­chong Mar­wing re­mains aboard.

Just Sen­sual

How­ever, Just Sen­sual could well con­firm the Cape Fil­lies Guineas form, es­pe­cially as she will come into the race fresher.

She also has the leg­endary Frankie Det­tori aboard. On the down­side, she has to over­come a draw of 18. How­ever, she was also drawn wide in the Cape Fil­lies Guineas and had to run wide into the straight. De­spite that she still found the nec­es­sary ex­tra to beat Safe Har­bour, who had the ad­van­tage of a num­ber two draw. An­ton Mar­cus prefers Wil­liam Longsword to Just Sen­sual and this swings it in the colt’s favour. It could well be Wil­liam Longsword’s last run be­fore go­ing to stud, so it will be a good race to win.

The dark horses look to be the rel­a­tively un­ex­posed African Night Sky and the filly Epona, al­though the lat­ter would prob­a­bly pre­fer fur­ther.

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