ASHLEY Fortune’s stable is bang in form. She posted another winner when Winter Smoke (3-10 favourite), delighted punters with a smart win over 1200m at Greyville on Sunday in the hands of Aldo Domeyer, a factor which would’ve boosted punter confidence.

“She’s a lovey filly with plenty of speed, she does everything right,” said Fortune.

Domeyer said: “She’s laden with ability and natural gate speed. There’s many, many layers to her, I think she’s close to the best two-year-old in the country.”

Winter Smoke is by What A Winter from Chatanooga Chuchoo (Cataloochee) and has a bright future.

Interesting, too, is that Aldo, as an NHA non-essential, was given the go-ahead to actually ride her in KZN. As reported here and elsewhere, he had travelled from KZN to Cape Town and back again during July, and while he did not ride work or in a race in Cape Town, he travelled, still. Isn’t no travelling the point for non-essentials?

The NHA has declined to answer queries in this regard, because the jockey travelling debacle is a fire they cover with smoke. As previously suggested, the NHA is an organisation very similar to our honourable government, who allowed over 100 mask-less funeral-goers to go and ball their eyes out at a state burial this weekend. Rules are flexible when it suits them, and they don’t have to answer to anybody.

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