Local champion trainer Alan Greeff goes for his fourth consecutive success in the R150 000 Listed East Cape Paddock Stakes at Fairview today.
With a smart five-pronged attack headed by the Sporting Post top-rated Madame Speaker, he could enjoy a field day.
Pathfork’s 3yo daughter Madame Speaker has been a model of consistency throughout a long season but was rested 16 weeks after a commendable third in the East Cape Guineas last time. She finished only a half length behind surprise winner, The Highway Man there and must rank as the horse to beat – subject to fitness.
Jockey choice is normally an accurate indicator of stable preferences, and while the underrated Teaque Gould takes the ride on Madame Speaker, Greeff’s number one rider Greg Cheyne will partner the Cape-based Love Supreme for his employers, Ridgemont Highlands. Previously with Brett Crawford, the daughter of Silvano did not reach the heights expected of her down South. She could however challenge after a 12 week break and jumps from a nice 2 draw.
Delia’s Delight is another serious contender from her 1 draw. The daughter of Dynasty has thrived in this centre and with big race rider Bernard Fayd’herbe in the irons, she bids for a fourth win on the trot.
Tara Laing’s Raven Girl has drawn out wide but is always a factor as a seven-time winner, who seldom runs a bad race.
Justin Snaith and Richard Fourie are always a duo to respect, but Red Ginger will need to lift her game after appearing to lose some enthusiasm for racing.
The nicely bred Esteemal ran on smartly for third over shorter last time. This will be a bit tougher.
Just Chaos seldom runs a bad race and will strip fit as she drops in trip and starts from a good draw. On best form, she is a runner.
While a wide draw will do her prospects no favours, Widow’s Lamp’s sixth career success has been long in coming and the daughter of Go Deputy could be the longshot value if finding her earlier turn of foot. Lyle Hewitson and Yvette Bremner’s strike-rate speaks for itself.
Studio Blues has proven to be a consistent and game sort on both surfaces. She has also shown that she can race from anywhere and looks capable of running into the quartets if things go her way.
A strong front-runner, Cloud Atlas has been running out of puff at the business end and needs to find a finish.
On transfer from the Dennis Drier yard, Forehand has her first run for Alan Greeff. Her Durban form was not bad.
Woodstock Fairy has been disappointing of late.
A full sister to exciting new stallion Vercingetorix, Perfectproportions has been battling for a third win but will strip fit after three runs on the poly.
Klever Kathy and Maverick Girl would have chances for place money on their best form.
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