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RACE 1: 7 ZIVA LA WINTER 3 BATTLE OF STIRLING 10 SEEN THE LIGHT 6 MR PIGALLE
Preview: ZIVA LA WINTER (7) returns from a short break but was deemed good enough to contest a strong Gr2 as a maiden. He was not far back last run. BATTLE OF STIRLING (3) did not have much luck from the widest draw last start. Narrowly beaten before that and a repeat should see him close again. SEEN THE LIGHT (10) is lightly raced but is seldom out of the money. He has the widest draw but was close-up last run and can go ne better. MR PIGALLE (6) found one too good for him on debut but did find some market support. (Andrew Harrison: 7-3-10-6)
RACE 2: 1 DUCHESSOFCORNWALL 3 FREEDOM’S FIRE 9 RECKLESS LOVE 12 EMERALD PALACE
Preview: DUCHESSOFCORNWALL (1) has made steady recent improvement and looks primed for this from the best of the draw. FREEDOM’S FIRE (3) raced green in a promising debut. She should much prefer this trip and likely to make good improvement. RECKLESS LOVE (9) has shown promise and was deemed good enough to be entered in the Gr1 Allan Robertson. She showed up well at her subsequent start and may have just needed it. EMERALD PALACE (12) has drawn wide but has shown some ability and can finish in the money. (Andrew Harrison: 1-3-9-12)
RACE 3: 4 CHIEF OFFICER 12 PANTSULA 9 ROY’S MAGIC 8 IMORTELLE
Preview: CHIEF OFFICER (4) was a recent addition to the Cliffie Miller stable. He shed his maiden in good fashion and then took on stronger finishing close-up. With a 2.5kg claimer up he should be competitive. PANTSULA (12) has pulled another difficult draw but he did win from the same gate last time out and should be thereabouts again. ROY’S MAGIC (9) is always dangerous. He was ridden by an inexperienced apprentice last start and before that was close-up behind Pantsula. He has a chance on that showing. IMORTELLE (8) has been taking on stronger at recent outings and could be the surprise package. (Andrew Harrison: 4-12-9-8).
RACE 4: 2 MARSANNE 6 ELUSIVE CURRENT 9 SUZIE WOO 11 GUADELOUPE
Preview: MARSANNE (2) has been taking on much stronger at recent starts. She finished with a rattle from way back last run. From a good draw and a claiming apprentice she can go one better. ELUSIVE CURRENT (6) took a hefty shunt up the ratings after her second win. However, she is lightly raced and still improving. She dies take on more seasoned opposition this time around. SUZIE WOO (9) returns from a short break but is never far back. She is back over her best trip and will be competitive. GUADELOUPE (11) was narrowly beaten at long odds last run. She has a tricky draw but should be right there. (Andrew Harrison: 2-6-9-11).
RACE 5: 6 GREENLIGHTTOHEAVEN 7 BASSAM 8 WHITE CEDAR 4 GARDINIA
Preview: Open race. GREENLIGHTTOHEAVEN (6) contested the top juvenile features last season. Although never in the hunt he did show promise in a smart debut win. He may just have needed his latest and the step up in trip should suit. BASSAM (7) has his first run for a new stable. He boasts consistent Highveld form and must have a shout in this company. WHITE CEDAR (8) ran below best last start after two smart previous showings. He goes well over course and distance. GARDENIA (4) drifted in the betting on debut but won with authority. She takes on males but looks smart. AVENIR (2) has shown up well in both starts and although taking on stronger he does look progressive. (Andrew Harrison: 6-7-8-2).
RACE 6: 2 PIQUILLIN 1 VIKING RED 3 GARLIN 5 ROCKET RHUMBA
Preview: Wide open. PIQUILLIN (2) was a recent maiden winner but is lightly race and looks to be on the up. He takes on some well exposed older horses including VIKING RED (1) that has been close up at recent outings and has a chance in a field of this calibre. Doug Campbell sends out a pair of maidens in GARLIN (3) and ROCKET RHUMBA (5). Garlin is rated the equal of Piquillin so there should not be much between the two while Rocket Rhumba came in for a ton of market support last run and is one to watch again. LADY QUIN (4) takes on males and comes with some promising PE form so is another to keep an eye on in the betting. (Andrew Harrison: 2-1-3-5).
RACE 7: 8 BELL JAR 10 SUPER FLUKE 6 SNATCHED 5 SHEIK’S STORM
Preview: Open. BELL JAR (8) has never had much luck and is seldom far back. The stable is in form as it apprentice Kyle Strydom. SUPER FLUKE (10) has out in two smart recent efforts on the poly. She has another wide draw but is in top form. SNATCHED (6) was a recent maiden winner at just her third start. She made major improvement when fitted with blinkers and has a chance again in modest company. SHEIK’S STORM (5) seldom runs a bad race and goes well on the poly. A repeat of her last start can see her close again. (Andrew Harrison: 8-10-6-5).
RACE 8: 4 ELEGANT GENERAL 1 DURAN 11 LESLIES PATHTOFAME 12 JONATHAN
Preview: Wide open. ELEGANT GENERAL (4) is always game and has put in two smart recent efforts on the poly. DURAN (1) has finally cracked a decent draw. He showed some improvement back in cheek pieces and over a sprint and with a postage stamp on his back he rates a strong chance. LESLIES PATHTOFAME (11) has made steady recent improvement and was a close-up second last run. He looks primed for this race. JONATHAN (12) is way better than his last effort. He has a tricky draw here but is quick. (Andrew Harrison: 4-1-11-12).