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Racing Express, Saturday, February 26, 2022: Weekend of top races

We’re all gearing up for next weekend’s Classic Day gathering and the horses running there right now are going through their paces and doing their last canter, getting them ready for next week.

I am very happy with where my horses are at the moment and I am also happy to be able to ride again tomorrow after my week suspension.

Before we move on to our local gathering, punters should keep a close eye on today’s Kenilworth meeting as there is some really high quality racing going on. Some of the best horses are taking their place and I think both Princess Calla and Rio Querari will be hard to beat and well worth taking a double or putting them in all bets.

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Tomorrow’s race takes place at the Standside track in Turffontein and there is an eight race map to peruse. This meeting will host the Grade 3 Acacia Stakes over 1600m for fillies and this is supported by three features listed, suggesting it will be a day of quality.

I have seven competitive rides and I’m hoping for the best. Last week our best bet (Current) and our value bet (Reunion) both won comfortably which hopefully helped everyone turn a profit on the day and we hope to continue this trend.

Now on to the Turffontein meeting and Race 1 is a Work Riders Maiden Plate over 1160m. I’m making it a race in two between my first roster, JP Two Thousand, and Eagle River. Both have been consistent but it’s disappointing that they’re still running in early records, but this is probably their best shot at losing the first label. I think they will fight the finish line.

Race 2 is a Maiden Plate for fillies and mares over 1160m and I ride the very consistent Picara. She definitely has a shot at winning and I rate her as one of my best rides of the day. I think anything that beats her will just about win.

My biggest threat is the KZN raider Lazuli from the very fit Gavin van Zyl stable. Walala Wasala is another one to consider.

Race 3 is a Maiden Plate for fillies and mares over 1600m and I’m riding Midfield Girl who falls in trip, and we’re hoping for an improved effort. My best bet on the map, however, comes out in the form of Defender Of Rights. She has had three good runs and has always given me the impression that she will love racing through the bend. This is the perfect chance for her to get her first win.

Pashasha seems to be the greatest danger and should once again be driving a good race while Raising A Storm can fulfill minor honours.

Race 4 is the Listed Ruffian Stakes over 1000m and I ride the unraced Inevitable. While it’s never easy to tackle horses that won the first time around, I’m sure Barend Botes must rate her pretty highly to have put her in the race, so I’m going for a good run.

River Queraress sets the standard for form and is the filly to beat. She has won two in a row, including beating what I believe will be her greatest danger in the stable companion Fennec Fox. She won really impressively last time and will be there again. Show Time was ultra impressive on its debut and should be respected because she can be anything. These three horses should get you through all the bets.

Race 5 is the listed Storm Bird Stakes over 1000m. I’m riding the promising Magic Taoo who won a great race last time and is definitely one for the shortlist. We are worse off on the weights with Arividicio, but I think we won with a little in hand, so I hope to repeat the result and come home first.

Arividicio is my biggest danger after driving such a good race on the debut and who knows how much improvement there could be. Both horses had beaten PowerBroker well last time, so I’ll be surprised if he’s able to turn the tables.

Filly Ode To The Ocean won well last time and could be anything, but this is a big jump in class compared to who she beat.

Race 6 is the registered Bauhinia Handicap over 1000m and I ride Naarah who won a good race last time. She is very consistent and comes in with a decent weight so I would include her in all bets and hope for another daring attempt. I think we all have Remember When to beat after her impressive last win. She had a lot in hand and seems to be way above average and she is my value bet on the card.

I do believe Mind Reader will get closer to her this time after the race went against her the last time so she should be included. Bella Chica and Heavens Girl are others to consider.

Race 7 is the Grade 3 Acacia Stakes over 1600m and I’m riding Rosaprima which definitely has a chance in this lineup. This is her toughest test but she clearly has abilities and I hope she can handle this class so she should be included in all bets. I really like the look of the three year old fillies in the form of my first selection Bon Vivant and Hollywoodbound.

My roster seems to be improving with each run and I’m sure there will be more to come. Admire Me won very well last time and could continue even though she was knocked back two runs by Bon Vivant, but is now 3.5kg better off for a loss of 2.40 length.

One should include her in his bets. Sentbydestiny is another one to add to all bets after a good last win.

Race 8 is a Maiden Plate over 1600m and I ride Choice Assorted which unfortunately is very inconsistent. We’re just hoping for a better performance than last time, but I can’t trust anyone. I think Forward Spell sets the standard and could hit the mark after a very good final run.

Duke Of Normandy has completed two fair races and will be cherry ripe for this race, while Blonde Act and Canada Square are others to be respected.


Race 3 No. 2 Defender of Rights


Race 6 No. 6 Remember when



Leg 1: 2

Leg 2: 1, 2, 3

Leg 3: 1, 4

Leg 4: 3, 6

Leg 5: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11,12, 13

Leg 6: 1, 2, 7, 9

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