AN absolutely gorgeous morning has broken in Cape Town on Friday and Gaynor Rupert and her team at will be looking forward to a delightful day at Kenilworth for the start of the 2019 L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate Festival that gets underway at 13.25.

The R400,000 Cartier Sceptre Stakes tops the bill on the Friday card and Candice Bass-Robinson’s Clouds Unfold is the popular choice at 5-2 with Betting World, followed by stable companion Nous Voila at 4s and the balance of a 20-filly field at 4-1 and better.

Bass-Robinson said on her website: “Clouds Unfold is back Back in the sprint distances and she is fit and well going into the race. She looks a worthy favourite” but seemed to give chances to her other runners too, saying, “Nous Voila has good form, better suited to the 1200m and capable of winning a race like this”, and “Freedom Charter s improving all the time and is ultra-consistent. She is better suited to the 1200m and she will be right there.”

This suggests that if Clouds Unfold fails to deliver, this can go to any of several others and one will have  to consider the likes of Rose In Bloom, fresh off a successful Highveld campaign and well in as an older filly; the consistent Goodtime Gal and even the PE raider Mary O’Reilly, whose trainer has twice raided successfully in other centres recently and looks a talented sort.

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