Hur­ri­cane Silva looks a good bet at Ke­nil­worth

Weekend Witness - - Racing -

AFTER giv­ing highly re­garded Snap­scan plenty to think about in a sprint last time, Hur­ri­cane Silva ap­peals as the best bet at Ke­nil­worth to­day.

It’s back to or­di­nary fare fol­low­ing the glam­orous L’Or­marins Queen’s Plate week­end, and this grey Ora­to­rio filly looks set to exit the maiden ranks in th fourth over 1400m.

She failed to fea­ture in three runs around the bend at Dur­banville, but has im­proved markedly in her two out­ings at Ke­nil­worth, and judg­ing by the way she fin­ished last time is now look­ing for the ex­tra.

Snaith stable jockey Richard Fourie is sus­pended, but mul­ti­ple cham­pion An­ton Mar­cus makes a more than able re­place­ment. This is an ul­tra-con­fi­dent se­lec­tion, and can be bankered in all ex­otics.

An­other to make strong ap­peal is North­ern Spy in the fifth.

Brett Craw­ford’s Po­modoro geld­ing made late progress last time, and should rel­ish the 1600m.

He looks like an­other trump card in what could be a very good day for Mar­cus.

Candice Bass-Robin­son’s Grade 2-placed filly Santa Clara drops to hand­i­cap com­pany in the sec­ond, and should prove too smart.

Stable com­pan­ion In­tothe­lime­light looks the main threat. Vaughan Marshall’s Flash Fire looks a de­cent value bet in the sixth.

This Phi­lan­thropist mare has placed be­hind de­cent sorts at her last three runs and with less than 50kg once use­ful ap­pren­tice Sandile Mb­hele’s claim is de­ducted, she should be right there in this FM 73 Hand­i­cap over 1800m.


At Turf­fontein to­day, All At Once and Mighty High will clash again in the Listed Swal­low Stakes over 1160m and as they meet on the same weight dif­fer­en­tial, one is not ex­pect­ing too much to change.

They last squared up on De­cem­ber 15 in an As­sess­ment Plate for three-year-old fil­lies over this course and dis­tance and it was All At Once who came out on top by 0.75 lengths.

There was 6kg sep­a­rat­ing them then and there will be 6kg sep­a­rat­ing them again.

That does ap­pear to give Lucky Houdalakis- trained All At Once the edge again as there were no ob­vi­ous ex­cuses from Mighty High. How­ever, it could get a lot closer this time. What could be in Mighty High’s favour is that in her last start Jo­han Janse van Vu­uren’s charge was com­ing back from a short break and might just have needed her last out­ing.

Hav­ing said that, she had pre­vi­ously come back from even a longer lay­off and won but there might not have been as a good a per­former as All At Once in that field.

Mighty High is a Grade 1 win­ner, hav­ing claimed the ti­tle at the Al­lan Robert­son Cham­pi­onship at Scottsville in May last year.

There is a change of jockey on both but that is un­likely to make any ma­jor dif­fer­ences.

Gavin Ler­ena takes over from equally gifted We­i­chong Mar­wing while All At Once will have Craig Zackey up rather than Karl Zech­ner.

Zackey has rid­den All At Once be­fore and that was in her penul­ti­mate run in which she fin­ished sec­ond be­hind Mardi Gras.

They should fight it out as Sean Tar­ry­trained Cordillera is tal­ented but ap­pears to need fur­ther while Three Stars, from the same yard, ap­pears bet­ter over 1000m at this stage of her ca­reer.

How­ever, it is worth not­ing that Lyle He­wit­son, who from to­day when he rides at Fairview will no longer be an ap­pren­tice, is aboard Three Stars and the cham­pion jockey may well be on the stable’s elect.

The one run­ner whose form did re­ceive a boost after rac­ing at the Vaal on Tues­day was Vida Es Bella.

On de­but Lady Lexington fin­ished 4.35 lengths be­hind Vida Es Bella, who is also trained by Tarry.

At the Vaal Lady Lexington came out and thrashed her field by four lengths.

Ap­pren­tice Den­nis Sch­warz will put up 0.5kg over­weight but she will still carry just 52.5kg.

She could cer­tainly live up to her name – trans­lated from the Span­ish to mean “life is beau­ti­ful” – if she goes off at a big price and wins this event. -

MIGHTY HIGH runs in the sev­enth at Turf­fontein to­day. Gavin Ler­ena has the ride.

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