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Gr3 Sycamore Sprint, at Turffontein on Saturday

She's A Stunner

New Stable. Now with Sean Tarry, the classy She’s A Stunner could suprise under Anton Marcus

The R175 000 Gr3 Sycamore Sprint presents punters with a tough puzzle at Turffontein on Saturday. The field of twelve can be viewed at varying angles, but we are siding with Var’s very fast and lightly weighted daughter Solarium to convert her sand performances to this surface.

The fillies sprint features are often dominated by the progeny of Avontuur stallion Var. In this case he has just one representative in the Michael Azzie trained Solarium, who is currently in the form of her life. On the sand, that is!

Solarium has won 6 of her 20 starts, and 2 of those victories have been registered on the turf. She has won 4 of her last 6 starts on the Vaal sand, and was only caught on the line last time out by a flying Raise The Bar, in a result that looked unlikely right up to the last stride.


Fast! Mike Azzie’s Solarium could run them off their feet under her light weight

Reverting to the turf here, a fit and happy Solarium is likely to make this lot gallop. Stan Ferreira sends out a powerful coupling of the full sisters, Kalaam and Eastern Greeting.

Karl Neisius partners the four time winning Kalaam, who is consistency personified and seldom runs a bad race. She is 3kgs better off with her sister on their last clash, when Kalaam was beaten 1,25 lengths.

Eastern Greeting is a year younger and has won her last two starts over the Vaal 1200m in good style. Slow away in both, she has shown good resolve and fighting spirit to get up and win. It is unlikely that she will get away with those antics here though, in what is bound to be a fast run affar.

Anton Marcus jumps aboard the former Deon Visser runner, She’s A Stunner. The daughter of Toreador is a very capable sprinter on her day, and is now with Sean Tarry. She carries topweight and as a five time winner, must be considered over what is probably close to her preferred trip.

Roy Magner’s Kinematic Countess is always there and thereabouts, and warrants inclusion, as does Mike De Kock’s 3yo Tayba, who was seen to be very promising before failing to stay the mile of the Fillies Guineas.

Alastair Gordon makes the trip from KZN with the Tamburlaine filly Maigold, who could prove competitive under the claiming apprentice. There are others with chances. But we are siding with Robbie Fradd and the speedy Solarium to make the successful switch of surface.

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