Ca­sual Di­a­mond ready to sparkle

The Star Early Edition - - RACING - MICHAEL CLOWER

CA­SUAL Di­a­mond and Bernard Fayd’Herbe can start the ball rolling at Ke­nil­worth to­mor­row when the pair have a favourite’s chance in the open­ing Ju­ve­nile Fil­lies Plate.

This Var filly looked as if she wanted fur­ther when win­ning over this 1 000m two and a half weeks ago – she was rid­den from two fur­longs out and only got up with 50m to run – but Justin Snaith is adamant that the trip will present no prob­lems – “Her brother was fast and she will be fine for this,” he says. “She is do­ing well and she will be ready.”

Sta­ble com­pan­ion Lac­erta, who also won over the trip last time, is an ob­vi­ous dan­ger but watch out for Namibia.

The Glen Kotzen run­ner has been off since the Listed race on Met day but she won first time and strictly on the book has su­pe­rior form to the Snaith pair.

Regal Ruby

There is also Regal Ruby who was con­sid­ered good enough to run in the Per­fect Prom­ise and, al­though she only beat one home, there were ex­cuses – she re­turned with a mouth in­jury and her rider re­ported that she was mak­ing a noise.

“She has had a break since then and has been do­ing well at home,” re­ports Greg En­nion. “But we haven’t been able to work her and she is nowhere near her peak.”

This is a com­mon theme in the trainer comments for this meet­ing and is the rea­son why Snaith is un­char­ac­ter­is­ti­cally cau­tious about the chance of Cot Camp­bell in race two, the Tabon­line Maiden Ju­ve­nile.

This R3.3 mil­lion Trippi colt out of the mighty Ebony Flyer was all the rage for his de­but in April but lost six lengths am­bling out of the pens and fin­ished out of the frame. He looked one to be on next time but Snaith says: “We ex­pect him to run into the money but we are not overly bullish. Al­though he has come on he has had no grass gal­lop.”

Fool Proof also caught the eye first time and Win­ning Ways rec­om­mended back­ing him when he stepped up to this six fur­longs.

“From a green­ness per­spec­tive he should be bet­ter,” says Candice Bass-Robin­son, “But it’s dif­fi­cult to say (whether he has come on) be­cause we haven’t had the best tracks to work on.”

Cot Camp­bell

Cot Camp­bell gets a ten­ta­tive vote but there is also another fac­tor to bear in mind. He and Fool­proof – along with the po­ten­tially use­ful True Words, have all been drawn on the stands side which is now run­ning slower than the in­side.

The pen­etrom­e­ter at last Satur­day’s meet­ing in­di­cated that those com­ing down the in­side have a six per cent ad­van­tage and tack­ing across in a field of 19 would be sui­ci­dal.

An­dre Nel has called up his old com­pa­triot Aldo Domeyer for the so far rather dis­ap­point­ing Lady Li Lay in the Rac­ing As­so­ci­a­tion Maiden and sta­ble jockey Grant van Niekerk partners Le Claire for En­nion.

Le Claire is eas­ily the high­est-rated but has tended to throw away her chance by get­ting worked up in the pens. She just might be good enough to beat Bridal Party.

Off Broad­way has the best form in the last even though he is on the wrong side of the course. Keep an eye on new­comer Sil­ver De Lange.

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