Multiple Champion trainer Alan Greeff has an outstanding record in the Listed East Cape Fillies Nursery. He looks to hold a trump card again today with a quartet of the best rated runners in the twelve strong field.
Capetown Noir’s flagbearing daughter Brandina is unbeaten in two starts at home and was only put in her place when finishing a quarter length off Miss Honey in the Listed Summer Juvenile Stakes at Kenilworth on Sun Met day. The Piemonte Stud-bred flyer’s form is head and shoulders above anything we have seen from the raced runners and she looks very difficult to oppose.
There is little between her stablemates Great Achievement and Mendocino on form and the former was running on steadily without threatening when beaten 2 lengths by Brandina at her last start.
Aldo Domeyer again takes the ride on recent runaway maiden winner Mendocino, who ran on smartly to beat Captain Anne Bonny going away over the course and distance last time out.
Fourth of the Greeff quartet, smart debut winner Edmonda was beaten 2,75 lengths by Brandina at her last start – but had excuses as she pulled up injured. The daughter of Crusade should enjoy the extra but she does look held – like the rest of them.
The only raider in the field, the Dan Katz trained Chasing Green ran on smartly on an unfancied debut (she started at 40-1) to chase the highly promising Cousin Liz home over the Kenilworth 1000m. The cross collateral form is difficult to assess, but it is unlikely that the Milnerton based trainer would have made the long road trip for the scenery and she is no doubt showing something.
The Greys Inn filly Law And Order hails from the George Uren yard and has run three very ordinary races to date. She does not appear to boast the credentials to threaten in this field.
Captain Anne Bonny has run two fair places and improved at her second start over the 1200m when staying on – albeit well beaten, behind Mendocino. She could improve again and has place prospects.
Sharon Kotzen’s yard has been in good heart of late – they won last Friday’s feature – and the former Ormond Ferraris assistant saddles Scarborough Fair and Just Amazing. Both have placed, with Scarborough Fair the more experienced with two fair efforts to her credit – although appearing to be held by Edmonda and Great Achievement.
Veteran George Uren saddles the second of his pair in World Squared who has run three ordinary races and was beaten 11,75 lengths by Mendocino last time.
Im Global is the second of the Gavin Smith duo. The daughter of Master Of My Fate was beaten 8,25 lengths by Mendocino on her course and distance debut and will need plenty of improvement to feature. The engagement of Richard Fourie is an interesting one – but probably not enough to swing the scales in her favour.
The Yvette Bremner trained Reason To Sing is a Fenix family home-bred who has her first run.
Barring a red-hot market springer, all the signs point to Brandina winning this well. It’s a toss of the coin for second – but an Alan Greeff quartet will be a popular bet.