It is holiday time at Turffontein tomorrow and it looks like fans are in for some entertaining, yet competitive racing. To add to the thrill there is a Pick 6 carryover of R200,000 with the pool expected to reach R1.6 million.
There are eight intriguing races on this card which will be run on the Inside track and half of them are devoted to fillies and mares. With that in mind it could pay to go with a filly aptly named Intriguing Lady in Race 7, a FM 82 Handicap over 1200m.
This Mike de Ko c k- t r a i ne d runner appeared to have a bright future when winning on debut, beating Dawn Calling by 4.75 lengths over 800m at Scottsville. De Kock wasted no time running her in some of the top juvenile features and she did well enough, finishing third behind Exquisite Touch in the Listed Ruffian Stakes and in the same position in the Grade 3 Pretty Polly Stakes behind Cloth Of Cloud.
She went to Durban to contest some of the top juvenile features over the winter season but did not always get the best of the draws. She lost her way a little after that but her last run, when finishing a 1.50-length third behind Yellow Metal over this course and distance, was most promising. Her merit rating has come down and she looks ready to win again.
Ryan Munger got the ride on Intriguing Lady last time and has been retained for the ride. They jump from barrier No 4.
One needs to take cognisance of anything trained by Sean Tarry and in this race he saddles So Foxy. This three-year-old daughter of Dupont has only raced three times, placing in the first two and then running out a 5.25-length winner over Madam Secretary.
The runner-up failed to frank the form last time but she did finish second to a very promising Alec Laird-trained first-timer, State Star.
First Dance was reported to be making a respiratory noise when unplaced behind The Smell Of Rain last time. On paper both Winter Al and Shivering Sea hold Secret Star but Winter Al is clearly better over 1000m while Piere Strydom, who rode Shivering Sea in her last two starts, has stayed with Secret Star.