Trainer Alan Greeff is all set to seal the Eastern Cape champion trainer title at the final local meeting of the 2013/14 season at Fairview today. He also holds a very strong hand with a quartet of runners in the R150 000 Listed East Cape Paddock Stakes which is run over a mile.
The locals are celebrating ‘Christmas In July’ at Fairview today and there should be a festive atmosphere at the popular track.
Greeff has had an excellent season and takes on Justin Snaith’s Listed Winter Oaks winner Irish Myth with four talented runners.
Kendal Minnie rides the topweighted Jallad 4yo, Murmering Sky.
Formerly trained by Dennis Drier in KZN, Murmering Sky has had four runs in PE and last time out finished well for fourth behind the smashing Yoshie in a fillies feature sprint. Yoshie beat the boys next time out and that franked the strength of the collateral.
The mile trip today should be far more up Murmering Sky’s alley and it is worth noting that she has run to as high as a 97 in her career peak.
Stable jockey Greg Cheyne rides the Silvano filly Silvan Spirit, who is a late declaration in blinkers.
Her last win was achieved over 2400m and her past few runs have seen her finishing on the fringes. This is her second run in blinkers and she cannot be ignored.
Muzi Yeni rides Diamond Emblem, who looks to have a big task on her hands at these weight terms.
The former Dean Kannemeyer trained Dinesen rounds off the Greeff quartet.
This well bred 3yo daughter of Antonius Pius has drawn on the wide outside but appears to have found a winning niche in the Eastern Cape with two strikes out of 3 outings. She has drawn on the wide outside and steps up to a mile for the first time.
The biggest threat to Greeff – not unusually so – will be Justin Snaith.
The SA champion trainer elect saddles Irish Myth who won the 2013 Listed Winter Oaks in scintillating style last month when accounting for her stablemate Acrostar.
She won her penultimate start over today’s course and distance and this well-bred full sister to Irish Flame is well drawn, bang in form and enjoys the services of Richard Fourie.
Yvette Bremner saddles two beautifully bred full sisters by Western Winter for Mike Rattray.
The two time winning Path To Travel and the year older Travel Up Front looked promising early on in their careers but have not quite realised their full potential.
Verna has relocated from Muis Roberts’ yard at Summerveld and is now with his brother Charles ‘Bomber’ Roberts.
The daughter of Miesque’s Approval has drawn against the paint but may need a run or two to settle in.
Glen Kotzen has been enjoying terrific success with his satellite yard and he saddles the Judpot 3yo, Skysign.
She is a very fit filly who ran a commendable third behind Desert Swirl in the East Cape Derby at her penultimate start.
She may find this on the sharp side.
Jockey Wayne Agrella is back in action after being seriously injured in a fall in work on the Polytrack at Fairview on 28 April.
Agrella suffered severe concussion and fractured his collarbone in the accident. He has apparently been riding plenty of work and while not quite fully fit yet, could boost his confidence with a winner in his first ride.
He partners Chellvan Abbey for Dorrie Sham in the opening leg of the Bipot (Race 1), which goes off at 12h35.