Drier, of course, was the trainer responsible for seeing top sprinting filly Val De Ra through an impressive career, as well as sending out Gold Medallion winners Link Man, Captain Of All and Guiness. So Triptique’s career is certainly in the right hands.
The Trippi gelding finished second in his first two starts and then reeled off three wins in a row over 1200m at Kenilworth, the most recent on J&B Met Day when beating Azincourt by two lengths. The runner-up has won twice subsequently, while a number of other horses have also franked the form.
Triptique will have his regular partner Sean Cormack in the irons and, although he races over the minimum distance for the first time, he should make a bold bid.
Pej from the stable of Charles Laird, is the best-weighted runner in the field and comes into this race on the back of a well-beaten second to Bichette in the Camellia Stakes at Turffontein on Champions Day. She will prefer this distance to that 1160m and has done well on the Polytrack before. Unplaced only three times in her career so far, she will be ridden by 4kg claimer Eric Ngwane, who is showing promise with a win and seven places from his 14 rides.
Kingston Boy has ability when he brings his A game to the races and last time out ran on well under pressure to finish third behind Stolen Destiny in a 1400m feature on the Polytrack. He would probably prefer slightly further but cannot be ignored.
Justin Snaith’s charge Muscatt has run two good races recently, winning last time out over 1000m at Scottsville. He tries the Polytrack for the first time but shows early speed and should enjoy the fast surface.
Mr Whatever seems to lack conviction when the chips are down but has form to some nice horses, so comes into the picture, while Piano Man, Varlo and Eddie Sweat will also have their supporters.