The Alan Greeff machine maintained the momentum from last season with four winners at Fairview on Friday, including a gutsy win by the Twice Over mare Studio Blues in the non black-type R110 000 Wedgewood Handicap.
There isn’t more form outfit in the country and the Greeff team delivered the goods again to get the new term off to a flyer.
Only eight runners faced the starter for the first feature of the season and Ridgemont Highlands rider Greg Cheyne rode a well-judged race on the favourite Studio Blues who was stepping up to the 2400m for the first time.
Ryan Munger slowed things down up front on the free-striding Flying Squadron, but Cheyne was stalking and aware and he released Studio Blues early with a winning effort.
With Flying Squadron fading late, it was the ever consistent Just My Style who ranged up dangerously down the inside.
But confidence is a winning tonic and Greg Cheyne had judged it perfectly as Studio Blues stayed on strongly to win by a half length in a time of 156,49 secs.
Just My Style is often a PA banker and she also plugged on well to grab second and three lengths ahead of longshot Exclusivity in third.
Studio Blues has won 5 of 20 starts with 7 places and stakes of R353 375.
A Daytona Stud-bred daughter of Twice Over (Observatory) she is out of the twice winning Six Blue Notes (Qui Danzig), who raced for Glen Kotzen.
Cheyne grabbed a Greeff double on the day with the Jackson colt Go Goodfellow winning the opener. Charles Ndlovu and Wayne Agrella each rode the balance of the champion yard’s quartet.