The Girl From Down Under

Justin Snaith runner is on the up

Acrostar looks the right filly

Acrostar looks the right filly

The Australian-bred Acrostar must rank as one of the most improved fillies in training and she goes to post a confident selection to win the R250 000 Gr3 Victress Stakes at Kenilworth today. Justin Snaith has a very strong hand with two capable mares as support in his three-pronged attack.

Snaith’s trio stands out with stable jockey Richard Fourie opting to ride Sabine Plattner’s Acrostar.

From humble beginnings when winning her maiden in ordinary company at her fourth start, the beautifully bred Acrostar has turned the corner and blossomed into a serious race-flly.

Good Win

She kick started her career when winning the Listed Sweet Chestnut Stakes in May when beating Souk and subsequent Gr2 Joburg Spring Challenge winner, Supreme Sunset.

Her form has continued to thrive and last time she got the better of the undefeated KZN star, Eventual Angel, in receipt of 2kgs.

Star Jet has drawn against the paint and enjoys the services of Karl Neisius.

She is held on their last clash.

The classy Jet Supreme actually gave Acrostar a kilo and a short head beating in the Gr3 Final Fling Stakes.

While on the handicap she appears to have some work to do, she comes into the picture on that good win and is a seasoned campaigner. Sean Cormack gets aboard.


Dean Kannemeyer

Dean Kannemeyer saddles the promising Indaba

But Dean Kannemeyer is capable of spoiling the Snaith celebrations.

His Dynasty filly Indaba sidestepped the Majmu madness in the Cape Fillies Guineas last Saturday, despite pulling a 1 draw.

No doubt her trainer believed that would be too much to handle for her and she tries feature company for the first time here off a handy weight of 52 kgs.

Aldo Girolo and Terry Young have enjoyed some fun with this 3yo who has continued to up her game, winning 3 of her first 4 starts in authoritative style.

Her penultimate run catches the eye, when giving  Inara a half kilo and a 0,40 length beating.

Take Inara’s run behind Majmu on Saturday as a stamp of confirmation and suddenly Indaba springs right into the picture. She is a filly who may be well ahead of the handicapper still.

Red Hot

Bernard Fayd'herbe

Bernard Fayd’herbe rides Red Flame

Neil Bruss sends out the rather progressive Jet Master 4yo Red Flame for Mike Rattray.

She has done little wrong in winning 4 of her 7 starts in good style with her only genuine fail in Gr1 company during Champions Season.

Red Flame came back smartly after a five month break when winning a sprint and there is little question that this trip will be more up her alley.

Belief in the second run syndrome might suggest some caution although she appears held by Acrostar on a distant line through Eventual Angel.

Bass Duo

Shingwedzi is one of two Bass runners

Shingwedzi is one of two Bass runners

Mike Bass saddles a coupling of the consistent Trippi filly Shingwedzi and the year younger Aussie bred, Lucky Tuesday.

Shingwedzi is held by Acrostar on her last run but prior to that ran a cracking third beaten only a length by Jet Belle in the Gr2 Gold Bracelet.

She also ran a solid third in the Betting World Oaks and looks a filly with a win at this level in her scope.

Lucky Tuesday has only run four times for a maiden win at her second start.

She never threatened but  ran a commendable 5,25 length fifth to Cold As Ice in a small field in the Choice Carriers Championship.

She would need to improve a few more lengths but will enjoy the stamina test.

The Visitor

Alan Greeff

PE trainer Alan Greeff is in town with Starlight Beauty

PE trainer Alan Greeff comes to town with the Jet Master mare Starlight Beauty, a former resident of the Stan Elley stable, who left Cape Town a modest one-time winner in mid 2013.

She has won a further five races in the slightly more sedentary climes of Eastern Cape racing and makes for an interesting poser – even though her handicap mark suggests she will have some ground to make up.

Good Sort

The Ronnie Sheehan trained Elusive Stars is only a one-time winner, but the daughter of Elusive Fort has hinted at plenty to come.

She ran a cracker at her first start beyond the sprints when trying the Kenilworth 1800m and making up plenty of ground to run into fourth and 2,55 lengths off Saint Sophia in an admittedly lowly-rated handicap.

She comes in on a handy galloping of 52 kgs and ran close enough her feature contemporaries in the sprints last term to suggest that she has a touch of class and could surprise here.

The former PE based Bursary improved nicely at her third Cape start when going down 3,35 lengths to Pecan Nut in an MR 84 Handicap last time over the Kenilworth 2000m.

On her official MR, she has an impossible task in this company on these weight terms

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