Uphill for Sil­ver Moun­tain

The Star Early Edition - - RACING - DAVID THISELTON

THE Gr 1 Klaw­ervlei Ma­jorca Stakes over 1 600m at Ke­nil­worth on Satur­day could see Sil­ver Moun­tain land­ing the sec­ond Gr 1 of her ca­reer, but it won’t be easy and there are a num­ber of run­ners who could up­set the ap­ple­cart.

Sil­ver Moun­tain has not won since her im­pres­sive wide mar­gin vic­tory in last sea­son’s WSB Cape Fil­lies Guineas, but has ma­tured this year in the typ­i­cal fash­ion of a Sil­vano filly.

She is now back to her right trip after quick­en­ing well, but not see­ing out the 1 800m of the Pad­dock Stakes.

She has to ne­go­ti­ate a draw of 16 of 16, but over­came a sim­i­larly tricky draw of 12 of 14 in the Cape Fil­lies Guineas.

Sta­ble jockey Grant van Niek­erk is aboard Sil­ver Moun­tain at the ex­pense of an­other Sil­vano filly, Nightin­gale.

The lat­ter is a rangy type and will be run­ning on well from a wide draw as she did in the Pad­dock Stakes when per­haps be­ing cramped for room on the out­side by the win­ner Bela-Bela. She would pre­fer a touch fur­ther, so will be hop­ing for a good pace.

Lady Of The House

Lady Of The House caught the eye in this sea­son’s Cape Fil­lies Guineas and could have gone close with bet­ter luck.

She now has An­ton Mar­cus up from pole po­si­tion and will be im­prov­ing be­ing a Brett Craw­ford-trained daugh­ter of Dy­nasty.

Sail had to go handy in the WSB Cape Fil­lies Guineas from a wide draw and then led from a wide draw in the Pad­dock Stakes.

She has an­other tricky draw of eleven.

The wind is pre­dicted to be a gen­tle south west­erly breeze at this stage, so won’t af­fect her as much as it did in the Pad­dock Stakes if she goes to the front again.

She would also be in­ter­est­ing held up as she has plenty of class.

Sil­vano filly Star Ex­press is highly re­garded by the Snaith yard.

She has her third run after a lay­off and Piere Stry­dom stays aboard hav­ing fin­ished a de­cent 2,25 length fifth on her in the Pad­dock Stakes, where she had to go down the in­side into the head­wind.

She has won over 2 000m, but is ef­fec­tive over as short as 1 400m.

Fi­nal Judge­ment was a vic­tim of the in­ter­fer­ence caused by Lady Of The House in the Cape Fil­lies Guineas, be­fore stay­ing on well, and in the Pad­dock Stakes bore the brunt of the head­wind when go­ing down the in­side, so did well to be beaten just 2,35 lengths.

This long-strid­ing sort now has a good draw of two and is an­other pos­si­ble pace­maker.

Real Princess

Gr 1-win­ner over 1 200m Real Princess has shown fine cruis­ing speed and the abil­ity to quicken su­perbly in sprints.

In her only at­tempt at this trip in the Gr 2 Fil­lies Guineas at Greyville in 2015, the race panned out badly and can prob­a­bly be ig­nored.

She is an in­ter­est­ing run­ner here from a fair draw.

Alexis won the afore­men­tioned Fil­lies Guineas event in KZN, but has al­ways shown her best form at Greyville.

Her op­ti­mum trip is prob­a­bly 1 400m, so a wide draw is a con­cern here.

Olma has a shout if able re­peat her 0,5 length sec­ond to the Cham­pion Inara in last sea­son’s Jon­s­son Work­wear Gar­den Prov­ince Stakes. She has re­port­edly been do­ing very well in Cape Town.

She beat Alexis by 1,85 in the Gar­den Prov­ince, but the lat­ter was nearly brought down.

Olma won well at Clair­wood over 1 800m, so should take to the left-handed turn.

Beach God­dess tries this trip for the first time.

She ran on well in a 1 400m race in Septem­ber, but would be a sur­prise win­ner. Stormsvlei Mile win­ner Cap­tain’s Flame won the Dianne Stakes and did well in the Listed Jet Mas­ter Stakes over this course and dis­tance against the boys con­sid­er­ing she was caught wide and over rac­ing in the early stages and was then ham­pered late in the race.

She has a fair draw and can’t be ig­nored.

A Time To Dream

Pro­gres­sive Dy­nasty filly A Time To Dream did not like blink­ers in the Dianne Stakes.

She won a Listed race in PE over this trip eas­ily last time and is now rated only three points lower than Sil­ver Moun­tain, who beat her 6,9 lengths in last year’s Cape Fil­lies Guineas.

How­ever, she has a tough draw of 18.

Stormsvlei Mile run­ner up Good­time Gal will likely rel­ish the step down in trip as she was forced to go handy in the Pad­dock Stakes from a wide draw and then quick­ened well be­fore fad­ing.

She now has a plum draw and is up­set ma­te­rial.

Moon­light ‘N Roses was forced to go for home too soon last time over 1 400m and this well bred sort is an­other who could pro­duce the small amount of im­prove­ment re­quired to earn.

Tahini is a small filly with a big heart and if re­pro­duc­ing her Ipt Tombe run in Jo’burg could earn.

Neala made a good come­back when a 0,45 length third to Bela-Bela over 1400m, los­ing nar­rowly to Star Ex­press and beat­ing Sil­ver Moun­tain. It the classy daugh­ter of Jay Peg’s sec­ond run after a rest and she has a wide draw, but can’t be ig­nored.

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