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Double Grand Slam cruises to an easy win first time out the maidens off a 91 merit rating. (Picture: Wayne Marks).

Mrs Geriatrix faces a strong field in the Gr 2 Western Cape Fillies Championship over 1400m at Hollywoodbets Durbanville on Saturday and has to give all of them 2kg too.

This will be her toughest test to date.

Winter Cloud got with 2,30 length of her in the Gr 1 Allan Robertson Championship and is now 2kg better off so there should not be much in it on paper.  Winter Cloud, who is by What A Winter out of a Monteu maiden, is a full sister to the twice Gr 1 Majorca Stakes winner Clouds Unfold, so should relish the step up in trip. However, Winter Cloud does have a wide draw to overcome and it should also be remembered Mrs Geriatrix not only won the Allan Robertson easing up, but is also proven over this trip, winning the Gr 2 Zulu Kingdom Explorer Golden Slipper with consummate ease.

She beat Rascova by 3,70 lengths in the latter race. However, Glen Kotzen is particularly pleased with Racova at present as she has learnt to settle in her workouts and he sounds bullish about this Lancaster Bomber’s filly’s season ahead. However, she does have to start off her campaign from a tough draw.

Cala Mureta, the winner of the Gr 2 Debutante, ran a good third against older horses in the Gr 3 Diana Stakes over this course and distance, but she has the widest draw of all i  the ten horse field and the form of the Debutante doesn’t compare favourably with the Allan Robertson through a horse called Captain’s Christy.

Just Be Lekker finished a fast-finishing 4,25 length second in the Cape Racing Sales Ready To Run Stakes over course and distance having finished an excellent close up third in the Gr 2 Betway Jo’Burg Sprint Fillies And Mares Challenge over 1450m behind crack filly Feather Boa and she was a touch unlucky in that race too. She has a good draw and this scopey sort could be dangerous.

Double Grand Slam has won her first and second starts easily, the latter being over this course and distance from start to finish. She crossed the line 2,25 lengths in front off a 91 merit rating, meaning she had to carry 60kg against older horses, and she looked to still have a ton in hand at the line. She is a most interesting runner from a plum draw of two.

Luna Halo has swept all before her in Gqerberha from 1200m up to 1600m. She did only manage fourth in  her only start in Cape Town and the formlines are not all that strong, although she did finish ahead of Royals in  that 1200m contest. She will pref3r this trip and the face will tell how good she is.

Royals won a Non-Black Type last time from start to finish over course and distance. She is drawn in pole now but it is a bigger and more classy field so will be tough for her to dictate this time. She is progressing nicely but will need to pick up her game further to be a contender here.

Francien finished a decent 5,40 length fourth behind Sandringham Summit in the Gr 1 World Pool Moment Of The Day Champion Stakes over 1600m and was beaten 7,60 lengths by Mrs Geriatrix in her seasonal reappearance over 1450m. Adam Azzie commented recently she is crying out for a mile and will be more effective on a galloping track.

Ticket To Vegas is the lowest rated runner and has to make up 5,75 lengths on Just Be Lekker from their meeting in the Cape Racing Sales Ready To Run Stakes.

It will be an intriguing race.

The field is shown below:

 

O Dr N Dr Horse Weight MR No. Trainer Jockey Proviso
1 1 Royals 58 94 1 Glen Kotzen Raymond Danielson
2 2 Double Grand Slam 58 99 2 Justin Snaith Grant van Niekerk
3 3 Just Be Lekker 58 97 3 Candice Dawson Gavin Lerena
4 4 Luna Halo 58 103 4 Alan Greeff S’manga Khumalo
5 5 Mrs Geriatrix 60 112 5 Sean Tarry Richard Fourie
6 6 Francine 58 101 6 M G Azzie/A A Azzie Kabelo Matsunyane
7 7 Ticket To Vegas 58 83 7 Ricky Maingard Denis Schwarz
8 8 Rascova 58 104 8 Glen Kotzen Craig Zackey
14 9 Winter Cloud 58 108 9 Candice Bass-Robinson Aldo Domeyer
19 10 Cala Muretta 59 101 10 HWJ Crawford/M Rix Bernard Fayd’Herbe