Helen Could Be Ready Today

The Ideal World filly Helen’s Ideal only has to beat her wide draw to go close to lifting the laurels in the R150 000 Listed Sweet Chestnut Stakes at Kenilworth today.

Bernard Fayd'herbe

Bernard Fayd’herbe – can celebrate a feature victory today

At the weights, the Paul Reeves stalwart, a model of  consistency, is the standout on the SP ratings and comes in sharp off a 1250m Durbanville pipe-opener which she won really well in mid March. She will be ridden by Bernard Fayd’herbe.

Brett Crawford’s Shamrock Wind has pulled a better draw at 4 and could be a factor following her 9 week break after a sixth placed (3,35 lengths) effort in the Prix Du Cap behind Rose In Bloom.

The Perfect Promise Sprint winner Lesedi La Rona, one of a quintet of contestants from the Candice Bass-Robinson yard, won her first two starts well and looks set to improve after a reasonable fifth placed effort after a six month break behind the highly vaunted Run Fox Run.

Candice Bass-Robinson saddles stakes winner Lesedi La Rona (Pic – Chase Liebenberg Photography)

Mike Robinson’s Durty Nelly has pulled the pole position gate and finished 2,50 lengths in front of Lesedi La Rona in the same race. She is, however, as much as 4kgs worse off, and this could be the stopper.

Anton Marcus jumps aboard the super consistent Nastergal for the Ridgemont Racing team. The daughter of Duke Of Marmalade needs to improve on her past form with the likes of Helen’s Ideal, but has always given the impression of having plety of scope.

Justin Snaith – saddles Duchess Of Bourbon

Another of the firing o-on-all cylinders Duke Of Marmalade progeny, the Snaith’s Duchess Of Bourbon has drawn on the wide outside of the field but has the ability to be switched off and run at them late.

The likes of Star Fighter, Charge D’Affaires, Fortune Flies all add to the competitive mix in a tightly contested race – that is below the obvious standout, Helen’s Ideal.

If the Reeves charge fluffs her lines from the draw, then there are a few who could pounce.

Winter For The Girls – The next steps

The second leg of the R600 000 Winter Series for the fairer sex will be the R150 000 Listed Stormsvlei Mile to be run on the Kenilworth Winter Course on Saturday 25 May 2019.

The third and final leg is the R150 000 Listed Winter Oaks carded to be run over 2200m on the Kenilworth Winter Course on Saturday 29 June.  A bonus of R150 000 will be paid to owner/s of the filly that wins all three legs of the Winter Series

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