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Picture : Fairy Knight, who runs for the Halo Syndicate (Pauline Herman Photography)


EYES ON FAIRY KNIGHT – It will be a huge test for Fairy Knight but he could start his three-year-old career on a winning note at the Fairview Polytrack on Friday.

The consistent son of Global View will be a popular banker in many bets when he attempts the mile for the first time in the MR 80 Handicap, race four on the card. Fairy Knight (race 4 no 7) should love the step up in distance and with regular pilot Richard Fourie aboard for the Alan Greeff stable, he is the horse to beat.

It won’t be easy for the three-year-old colt against some tough older opposition and it should be very interesting to see how Fairy Knight handles the challenge. The expected strong head wind will make things difficult on the Poly but the Greeff yard looks set for a good day.

Back For More (race 5 no 1) and Hasta Lavista Baby (race 6 no 3) are also big runners for the stable. Back For More is the favourite in a FM 66 Handicap but the three-year-old filly won’t have it easy as she will have 61kgs on her back.

The Kelly Mitchley stable is in fine form and can start the meeting with a winner in the first race at 12:40 with Launch Code (race 1 no 3). The first race is also the first leg of the Bipot. It is a competitive start to the Place Accumulator with the second race at 13:15 but Mitchley has a very strong hand in the third race which is the first leg of the Pick Six (off at 13:15). Grand Destiny and Beau Kala are the Mitchley runners and both are in very good form.

The first Jackpot starts with race four at 14:25 where all eyes will be on Fairy Knight. The first leg of the second Jackpot is race 5 at 15:00 where Greeff will saddle Back For More.

Greeff, Mitchley and Gavin Smith look like the trainers to follow on Friday but Captain Cassanova can strike for Sharon Kotzen in the seventh race. He won two of his last three starts and loves the Poly.

Then, as is usually the case at Fairview, the meeting ends with a very tricky eighth race. Take a look at our tips at Henk Se Wenk and attack the Quartet in this one where 15 runners will go to post at 16:45.