Race 1 No 1 Afternoon Tea
At 15-4 the Ashley Fortune-trained Afternoon Tea found betting support at the first time of asking and although she fell victim to greenness – she was far from disgraced in defeat, finishing an eye-catching second behind Portico.
In Afternoon Tea’s defence, jockey Tejash Juglall’s saddle slipped in the latter in the latter stages which essentially cost this daughter of Pathfork the race. She will have learned from that race and if all goes her way, she will be impossible to beat.
Race 7 No 3
Conditioner Paul Peter is confident unbeaten Summer Pudding is the type of filly who can win the Triple Tiara, so it could pay for punters to side with this immaculately bred three-year-old daughter of Silvano when she runs in the Fillies Guineas.
She has won twice over this 1600m trip and there was a lot to like about the manner in which she fiercely fought Keep Smiling to win the Grade 3 Fillies Mile last time out.
She is beautifully drawn at No 1.
One shouldn’t worry about the fact she returns from a 77-day stint off the racetrack. Peter confirmed that she is fully fit and ready to race. It also bodes well that her biggest danger Mill Queen returns from an even longer 98-day rest and is yet to win over this distance.
Race 4 No 1 Al’s My Daddy
Although still a maiden, Adam Marcus-trained Al’s My Daddy has shown glimpses of ability in all three career starts and considering he rolled-in in the dying stages last time out – he was an extremely unlucky loser when beaten 0.75 lengths into second by Namaqualand.
Returning to the same course and distance today, this striking son of Captain Al should finally leave the maiden ranks and here’s why.
He has the best form in this line-up, gets the services of multiple champion jockey Anton Marcus, is perfectly drawn at No 1 and to top it all off, he is weighed to win this event by country mile.
Race 2 No 12 Trippin The Stars
The jockey-trainer combination of Richard Fourie and Justin Snaith haven’t been in great form of late, but should get back to winning ways when speedy Trippin The Stars is stepped up to 1100m.
She drifted from 8-1 to 15-1 at the first time of asking and her performance reflected the betting – finishing fifth in an eight-horse field, beaten nine lengths by Erik The Red.
That form line has been franked and considering Snaith’s charge has the advantage of experience over a lot of her rivals, she should show this lot a clean pair of heels.
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