One cousin steps into the boxing ring and another on the Kenilworth track for the WSB Green Point Stakes
“Kommet” is now around even money after the scratching of his perennial rival Jet Dark.
Marshall saddles a trio of runners — Silver Operator, Rascallion and Linebacker.
It is surely significant that Grant van Niekerk has stuck with his regular ride Linebacker.
While Silver Operator ran second to Jet Dark in the Cape Mile, Linebacker hasn’t been seen in action since running fourth in the Champions Cup. Nevertheless, a good showing by the Captain Of All gelding looks likely as Marshall is quoted in Winning Form as saying his charge “rested well, should run well”.
Rascallion — this column’s fancy for the 2020 Durban July — returned from a lengthy absence to finish fourth behind Jet Dark in the Champions Mile. He might just be the joker in the pack.
In the grade 1 WSB Cape Fillies Guineas, Ciao Bella is understandably the favourite as she has done little wrong in her five starts and has the advantage of a favourable draw.
Glen Kotzen was critical of Van Niekerk’s riding of Hold My Hand in the Fillies Championship and he will be even more worried if he watches a replay of the Summer Cup.
Calvin Habib had the worst draw on Pyromaniac, but he seemed to have no plan at all languishing in the rear and beating only two rivals home. Mr Kotzen needs to give some instructions to the young rider.
Possibly a nice double on Saturday is Make It Snappy to run a place and R7m buy Celestial City to stay unbeaten in the second race at Turffontein.
The starting price of 14-1 suggests Make It Snappy may have caught connections by surprise with her recent win, but she beat Marina and Chansonette, both seriously good females.
A wide draw is a bit of a worry but another well-fancied runner, Golden Hostess, is in the same boat.
Time Fo Orchids — formerly with Sean Tarry but now in the care of Marshall — is another runner with a wide draw, but her Cape debut suggests she is a bargain buy at just R150,000.
Brett Crawford, who trains Make It Snappy, also has a big shout for capturing the grade 2 Southern Cross Stakes with Aussie-bred Whoa Whoa Whoa. The filly should be cherry-ripe in her third run after a break.
Iphiko, a five-time winner, is an interesting raider from the Highveld and Muzi Yeni will be seeking his third win on the Team Valor-bred daughter of Trippi.
Santa Maria comes into the picture following a good recent effort over 1,200m, though there is a suspicion that 1,000m might be on the short side at this stage of her career.
The distance is definitely too short for Gavin Lerena’s mount, Princess Calla, but should she win there will be a few backers prepared to back Kevin Lerena later in the evening.
WSB GREEN POINT STAKES
1 (5) Jet Dark
2 (7) Kommetdieding
3 (8) Linebacker
4 (10) Rascallion
WSB FILLIES GUINEAS
1 (11) Make It Snappy
2 (3) Ciao Bella
3 (12) Golden Hostess
4 (14) Hold My Hand
SOUTHERN CROSS STAKES
1 (11) Whoa Whoa Whoa
2 (5) Santa Maria
3 (4) Iphiko4
(1) Hunting Trip
CAPE SUMMER STAYERS
1 (5) Rex Union
2 (8) Baratheon
3 (7) Salvator Mundi
4 (9) Black Thorn