The Gr2 KRA Fillies Guineas looks a little more complex than the boy’s equivalent at Greyville on Friday evening.
With the high-quality Cape challenger Front And Centre racing on a strange track under the lights for the first time – and from a wide draw – the race opens up dramatically.
As in the males’ race, we have the Cape Fillies Guineas winner Front And Centre taking on her Gauteng equivalent Nafaayes – and the race has a typically quality depth to it.
Front And Centre has not run since her gutsy third behind Clouds Unfold in the Majorca Stakes on Met Day and could find things stacked against her.
Beaten into second by the free striding Return Flight in the SA Fillies Classic, Nafaayes was not disgraced when showing her standard character and pace and beaten under two lengths in the Empress Club Stakes. The daughter of Exceed And Excel has drawn nicely and raced here as an early 3yo.
Glen Kotzen’s recent Umzimkhulu Stakes winner Temple Grafin won The Debutante here as a 2yo and rates an excellent chance with a nice prep under the belt. She failed at her solitary attempt athe mile in the Cape Fillies Guineas but had the excuse of the wides of the draw there. She looks very likely to go the trip on breeding.
Celtic Sea and Umzimkhulu Stakes runner-up Santa Clara are another two to consider.