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Picture: Bless My Stars (Candiese Lenferna Photography)
The Turffontein Standside meeting on Saturday could possibly, like last Saturday, be another good day for punters.
The Gr 3 London News Stakes over 1800m is the headliner and Bless My Stars is well weighted over the course and distance of her Gr 1 victory. The Tarry yard are in good form and she will take a power of beating. Meridius has a good draw for a change which will enable him to use his good turn of foot. Safe Passage can win this on his day but is a hard horse to catch right. Litigation always tries hard and won well last time over this course and distance and is well drawn. Bingwa, Electric Gold and Street Art are also capable of being right there.
Punters should get off to a good start wit the Sean Tarry-trained Proceed, who has to date had the misfortune of facing two Tony Peter-trained stars called Allmond Sea and Pistol Pete. Both of the latter horses have franked their form in no uncertain terms and it is hard to see any of the others troubling Proceed.
In the second race over 1160m Across The Pond caught the eye with a nice big action on debut and she produced a strong finish. She has a nice high draw here and is the one to beat although the form of both It’s Her Way and Kindred Heart has been franked so they could be threats.
The third over 1400m is tricky but Dhoni is the choice.  He returns from a three month layoff and gelding having been beaten over 1600m at odd s of 9/4 into a 6,50 length seventh last time out. He displayed a nice action and didn’t have much luck and it was also a better field than he faces tomorrow, so hopefully the gelding, a drop in trip and a set of blinkers can help, although a draw of ten makes it tricky. Al Bayreg looks to be a nice horse and after losing at odds of 33/10 in November over 1800m he was tried in open company over a marathon trip but did not feature. He could well appreciate the step down in trip and is drawn in pole so should be a big runner. Remains Of The Day, There’s A Light and Monte Bello are not out of it either.
The fourth over 1400m is also a bit tricky. Springer had too much ground to make up from a wide draw over 1600m last time, so it is not certain a drop in trip will help here and she has a tricky draw too. However, she does not have a lot to beat.  Lady Lennox suffered a rough passage the last time she was seen in July last year, but clearly has some ability. She will be 90% fit according to Alec Laird and runs with a cornell collar. Zenobia’s Gold was not disgraced in two sales races against a lot stronger than this back in August last year. Rowyana was backed on debut last Saturday, but missed the break completely. She is a full sister to Ablaan, who won his first two starts. First-timer Incredible Indrani is by Global View and is a half-sister to the four-time winner Captain’s Girl (Noordhoek Flyer).
In the fifth, a Graduation Plate over 1400m, Mia Moo represents the in form Tarry yard and is well weighted over a suitable trip.However, there are some classy customers here so it won’t be easy from draw seven. Mount Darwin looks promising and although out at the weights he should rise above his 88 merit rating. Red Bomber looks distance suited and Biofarmer and Tyrconnel have to be included too.
In the sixth race over 1800m Presley looks to be a decent prospect and being out of a Silvano mare should enjoy the step up in trip. Thunee Player has caught the eye and can progress. Youcanthurrylove impressed in his last start and is coming back to his old self and Supreme Dance should be competitive from a good draw, while Eiffel Tower has a form chance, but does have a tough draw.
In the eighth over 2400m Bonete has some class and proved she stays this trip last time so can do well from pole position. Twenty Drachma’s looks promising and goes for a distance hattrick. Battleground, Prime Example and Rule Book have to be considered too.
In the last leg of the Pick 6 Fiery Cliffs was unlucky last time and can make amends. Monsieur Chevele should go close and Nuclear Force must have a chance too.
In the last race Max The Otter is the one to beat, although his low draw is a bit of a concern. Law Of Success should be in the mix and Written In Stone is an admirable eight-year-old who can never be ignored. Whorly Whorly is in  fine form but has draw two and Circus Lights is better than his last start but also has a low draw.