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Mrs Geriatrix can bring more joy to the Magical Lady Syndicate (Picture: Candiese Lenferna)

Turf Talk

Sean Tarry runs his two champion fillies, 2022/2023 Equus Horse Of The Year Princess Calla and 2022/2023 Equus Champion Two-year-old filly Mrs Geriatrix, at Hollywoodbets Durbanville tomorrow.

He said about the unbeaten Clifton Stud-bred Vercingetorix filly Mrs Geriatrix, who is drawn five out of ten in the Gr 2 Western Cape Fillies Championship over 1400m, “I think the course is tailor made for her, but it doesn’t give me the opportunity to race her at Hollywoodbets Kenilworth (ahead of the WSB Cape Fillies Guineas) so that is a negative. Although there isn’t one horse I’m worried about, there are a lot of horses who are on the up and have form. So I think it is one of her toughest tasks. I think every three-year-old race is going to get tougher, because there are going to be more horses joining the mix, i.e. the horses that have taken a bit of time. It also just depends on how the race works out tomorrow. But I am happy with her. She’s at least had a run under the belt and she would have come on a bit from that. She’s not at her peak, but this run should hopefully get her there.”

Mrs Geriatrix won all five of her starts as a two-year-old including the Gr 2 SA Fillies Nursery over 1160m, the Gr 1 Allan Robertson Championship over 1200m and the Gr 2 Zulu Kingdom Explorer Golden Slipper over 1400m. She won the latter two events with consummate ease. In her reappearance in the BSA Sales Cup over 1400m she had to dig down to fend off White Pearl, winning by a head. However, to put it into better perspective she was 5,60 lengths clear of the third horse Betula and she was 7,60 length clear of Francine, whom she meets again tomorrow. Furthermore, as Tarry says, she will have come on from the run. She has also had a grass gallop at Hollywoodbets Durbanville. However, she does have to give the rest of the field 2kg. Double Grand Slam, also by Vercingetorix, looks very promising and a low draw will suit her handy to front-running style. Winter Cloud looks progressive and will relish the step up to 1400m being a full-sister to Winter Cloud, a twice winner of the Gr 1 Majorca Stakes over 1600m. Winter Cloud is 2kg better off with Mrs Geriatrix for a 2,30 length beating in the Allan Robertson, but Mrs Geriatrix did win that race easing up.

Princess Calla has also had a grass gallop at Durbanville.

She runs in the Turf Talk Syndicate Cape A Stakes over 1250m.
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Off her 127 merit rating and with a gender allowance she is officially 4,5kg better off at the weights with the 124-rated former Equus Champion Sprinter Rio Querari, who is drawn one inside of her in barrier position seven.

She is 9kg better off with the joint third best weighted runners Wecangoallnight, Silver Operator and King Regent.

She does have a tricky draw of eight out of ten, but her magnificent turn of foot will allow Richard Fourie to make a plan.

Tarry said about the six-year-old Maine Chance Farms-bred Flower Alley mare, “It’s a prep run, she’s done enough work, she’s a bit overweight, so she should need the run, but I am still hopeful her class will get her through to win.”

Fourie will also be aboard Mrs Geriatrix.