Greeff & Fourie Can Cruise Today

First off at 12h25 today

An unbeaten Varsfontein bred daughter of Master Of My Fate looks to make it three from three when she starts at odds-on and contests the R150 000 Listed East Cape Nursery at Fairview today.

Unbeaten Varsfontein bred Splicethemainbrace  can make it 3 from 3 (Pic – Pauline Herman)

The very cleverly named Splicethemainbrace races for Arun Chadha’s nationally active ASSM Racing Syndicate and steps up to the 1200m after consecutive successes over 800m and 1000m.

Trained by Alan Greeff, and ridden by the red-hot Richard Fourie, Splicethemainbrace meets seven opponents, of which only one – the nippy Happy Holly – is a winner.

Splicethemainbrace certainly caught the eye last time, when Fourie got her into stride to beat Magdala going away by 2 lengths.

A R200 000 buy from the 2023 August Two-Year-Old Sale, she was bred by Varsfontein Stud, and is out of the Sail From Seattle mare Summer Cruise and thus a full-sister to the useful filly Summer Odyssey.

Splicethemainbrace should have most to fear from recent maiden winner, Happy Holly. Muzi Yeni takes the ride on the Ascot Stud bred daughter of Heavenly Blue for Gavin Smith.

Happy Holly certainly gave Splicethemainbrace something to think about over the 800m on debut, when she got to within a neck of the Greeff galloper.

Of the balance, Eat Prey Love is a daughter of New Predator and stablemate to Splicethemainbrace.

Along with Querari daughter Magical River, she represents experience and could pose a threat.

Glen Kotzen travels up the Garden Route from Paarl with twice placed maiden Priscilla Maisey, a daughter of Var bred by Paardeberg boss, Steve Ajax. She was right on top of impressive Kannemeyer winner Prom Queen last time, and could be a factor if all goes well on the long road trip.

  • The Fairview first is at 12h25.

The only other local feature contest of the weekend is the Betway Gr3 Sycamore Sprint, which will be run at Turffontein on Saturday.


Friday’s feature favourite Splicethemainbrace was cleverly named. She is by Master Of My Fate out of Summer Cruise.

‘Splice the mainbrace’ is an order given aboard naval vessels to issue the crew with an alcoholic drink. Originally an order for one of the most difficult emergency repair jobs aboard a sailing ship, it became a euphemism for authorized celebratory drinking afterward, and then the name of an order to grant the crew an extra ration of rum or grog.

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