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Hollywoodbets Scottsville have there Festival Of Speed Sprint meeting tomorrow and punters will be relishing the opportunity to play the Jackpot, which consists of four Grade 1 races.

The last leg is the Golden Horse Sprint which is a wide open race.

Good Traveller is selected to win as he has plenty of class and proved how much speed he has when dropped back to 1000m for his penultimate start. This three-year–old’s IOS Drill Hall run can be ignored because he dropped the bit after having to be eased. He should relish the tough Scottsville 1200m.

Cosmic Highway is good enough to place in a Grade 1 over a mile and win a Grade 2 sprint against older horse and is another three-year-old who should relish the tough 1200m.

Eden Roc is 8.5kg better off with Battle Force for a quarter length beating in this race last year. He can bounce back to form at his favourite track where he has tasted Gr 1 success before. 

His stable companion Chimichuri Run beat home four Grade 1 winners when running on strongly for fourth in the IOS Drill Hall stakes and this augurs well for the horse who set the course record when winning this race in 2019.

Smorgasbord is still on the up so could be well handicapped and he is from the yard of the country’s leading trainer Paul Peter. 

Al Sakeet was a narrow second in the Mercury Sprint and has plenty of speed and class. He does have his second run after a layoff though.

Alesian Chief is from the yard of Corrie Lensley, who knows how to get them ready for big sprints and he comes off a fine 2,80 length fourth in the Grade 1 wfa Compuatform Sprint.

Those are the seven who make the most appeal and are selected in the order mentioned, although all nine of the others have chances in a race where there is a spread of just 4kg from top to bottom 

The SA Fillies Sprint brought to you by The Witness could be the highlight of the day as it sees the return of Captain’s Ransom, who many regard as the best horse in the country. She is packed with speed and class and should be powering up the tough uphill climb to the finish considering her Grade 1 wins have all been over a mile.

Under Your Spell won the Grade 1 Allan Robertson easily last year when producing a devastating finish and this classy type also stays a mile.

Big Burn is packed with speed and stays further so should be right there too.

Gallic Princess has a lot of speed too and can keep going long enough to make the frame.

Sound Of Warning and Winter Smoke also have the ability to be involved.

In the Grade 1 Gold Medallion Prophet has shown he handles this track and trainer  Corne Spies knows how to win this race. 

Dennis Drier has won eight Gold Medallions and he has a lively contender in Gladiatorian.

Now I Got You made a good debut and could improve.

Thunderstruck won well with first time blinkers on and could progress too.

Countdown can do better than last time when nothing went right fir him.

Cliff Top is and interesting raiser from the Eastern Cape as he has some fine form and has won at Kenilworth before.

In the Allan Robertson River Queraress has had to concede weight in a number of her starts and now faces them at level weights. She is bred to go further so should enjoy the tough 1200m. 

Her stable companion Miss Cool beat the boys in the SA Nursery and this small filly with a big heart is known for her strong late run.

The unbeaten Ameena comes off a good win in the Strelitzia Stakes here and has impressed Richard Fourie in her preparation.

Sweet Pepper is a promising winner of two out of two.

Ride On won well last time and can progress again.

Princess Ozma is a giantess who is full of ability but she has to bounce back from a below par run. 

The Eastern Cape raider Ekoria has impressed in her last two starts and could be anything.

Sweet Pepper is two from two and the form of her last win has been franked.

Ride On won well last time and can progress again.

Princess Ozma is a giantess who is full of ability but she has to bounce back from a below par run. 

Picture: Good Traveller (Candiese Lenferna).