Former SA Champion Trainer Justin Snaith travels the scenic Garden Route up the coast with his promising Gimmethegreenlight filly Favorita to take on unbeaten local star Delicasea in the R150 000 Listed East Cape Fillies Nursery at Fairview in Port Elizabeth today.
The visitors have a fair record in the 2yo fairer sex feature in recent years, Snaith winning it in 2016 with The Merry Widow and in 2012 with The Black Rose.
They travel with recent Cape Fillies Nursery fourth-placer Favorita, who ran on steadily – and she may not have enjoyed the conditions on the day – for a 2,25 length fourth behind Delta Queen in the Kenilworth feature on Derby day. She won well beating stablemate Thumbs Up at the second time of asking.
With two wins from two starts, Global View’s smart daughter Delicasea steps up 200m and looks to carry the major hometown hope of victory.
But it is interesting that local champion jockey and Greeff first-choice jockey Greg Cheyne has opted to ride another of the Greeff quartet. in the very smart debut winner, Eternal Hope, who travelled to the Cape on Sun Met day and was beaten 9,55 lengths by Erik The Red.
This is her first run back and it is interesting to note that Cheyne rides her ‘in preference’ to the unbeaten Delicasea.
First of the Gavin Smith trio, Sugar Gum produced two good second efforts – including a close call to Eternal Hope – before winning well at her third start.
A good maiden winner at her second start, Herrin is another well held by Delicasea on her last start when beaten 1,35 lengths. The extra 200m should suit her.
Crusade daughter Sloane steps up 200m after running on for second at her first three starts over shorter. While she should not beat Delicasea, she could be the joker in the pack and must go into quartets.
Third of the Gavin Smith trio, and second of the Global View offspring in the line-up, Storyland stormed home by 4,25 lengths on her well supported course-and-distance debut. Warren Kennedy makes a rare visit to PE and is in hot form.
Montana Turner’s Sweet Spring has been placed twice in three starts but is well held by Storyland.
Flying The Flag filly Cecca has been slow away at both her runs and is well held by her stablemate, Delicasea.
The once-raced maiden Lets Rock was beaten 8 lengths by Storyland on her course-and-distance debut and would need to improve many lengths to feature here.
Delicasea and Favorita are the standouts. Storyland is the only course-and-distance winner in the field. Eternal Hope and Storyland look next best.