Royal Race Day at Turffontein was postponed for per week because of cats and canines final weekend, and your entire race card has been transported, as if through a time machine, with remarkably few dropouts.
The main distinction is a barely extra cheerful climate forecast, however there may be little trigger to revisit forecasts for Saturday’s on-turn motion.
The subject for the Grade 1 headliner, the HSH Princess Charlene Empress Club Stakes, is filled with high quality. Among the fillies and mares lining up on the 1600m pole are a sprinkling of Western Cape and KwaZulu-Natal raiders, including extra intrigue than ordinary to an occasion that was initially named after one of many South African turf’s greats and latterly had Benoni’s second-most well-known individual’s moniker connected.
Trainer Mike de Kock’s four-year-old Sparkling Water is a splendidly versatile horse. Her greatest triumph so far was within the 2800m Western Cape Stayers (Grade 2) at Kenilworth in late January, however she has additionally received over 1450m – as just lately as final October at Turffontein.
After her Cape Town sojourn, Sparkling Water had a few months out of aggressive motion earlier than stepping out once more within the 2000m Colorado King Stakes on the Big T. She in all probability wanted that run, however nonetheless put in a very good displaying in ending an in depth third behind good Second Base.
It is alleged that De Kock would possibly know a factor or two about successful huge races on the huge metropolis course. With the magic arms of S’Manga Khumalo in help, the maestro might steal the thunder from a few better-backed opponents.
Those rivals embrace two erstwhile Cape Town horses just lately transplanted to the Highveld: Princess Calla and Zarina. These fillies have matched strides with the easiest and carry their connections’ lofty expectations of creating a mark on up north.
And there are extra runners with expertise and kind to drive their means into consideration. Sprinkles, She’s A Keeper, Mount Laurel, Bold Fortune and Under Your Spell wouldn’t be outlandish winners.
1: 8 Vasilikos, 4 Mercantour, 3 Lebanese Pound, 2 Existentialist
2: 4 Blue Waters, 2 Ashanti Sword, 8 Up The Irish, 7 Trentino
3: Eye Of The Prophet, 2 Climate Control, 5 Good Council, 4 Golden Prospect
4: 1 Quest From Afar, 5 Twice A Miracle, 4 Pretty In Pearls, 2 High Flyby
5: 2 Blonde Act, 1 Jaipur Jewel, 3 Mcebisi, 8 Portfirio
6: 4 Paisley Park, 5 Imperial Master, 1 Golden Pheasant, 3 Green Haze
7: 8 Quiet Rebellion, 4 Un Deux Trois, 2 Opera Glass, 9 Aryaam
8: 4 Sparkling Water, 2 Zarina, 1 Princess Calla, 12 Sprinkles
9: 1 JP Two Thousand, 3 Written In Stone, 5 Icy Night, 2 Tiger In The Sun
10: 1 Permesso Avanti, 3 Picture Perfect, 2 Vegas Hi Rise, 4 Twice As Splendid
Pick 6: 1,4,5 x 1,2 x 1,3,4,5 x 2,4,8,9 x 1,2,4,5,6,11,12 x 1,3,5 (R2016)
PA: 2,3 x 1,5 x 2 x 4,5 x 2,4,8 x 1,2,4 x 1,3 (R144)