The weather forecast is for a day of sunshine with no rain so it’s an ideal occasion to get involved in the 12-race card which incorporates eight feature races, including the R1.5-million SA Classic and R1-million Wilgerbosdrift SA Fillies Classic.
Both are Grade 1 races over 1800m on the Standside track and are the respective second legs of the SA Triple Crown and Wilgerbosdrift Triple Tiara for fillies.
Ikigai and Summer Pudding are the runners to watch in that regard as they won the Gauteng Guineas and Gauteng Fillies Guineas respectively and are the only two horses eligible to win the Triple Crown and Triple Tiara.
It would come as no surprise were the pair to claim the second leg tomorrow, especially Summer Pudding who looks hard to oppose in the Fillies Classic. She has been priced up at 8-10 to give jockey Warren Kennedy, trainer Paul Peter and owner Mauritzfontein (Pty) Ltd their third successive feature-race win with this filly.
The only concern is her wide draw of No 11 but they do have a 600m straight before hitting the turn and it should not be too much of a disaster for this daughter of Silvano. She is unbeaten in four starts and looks to be a banker in all bets.
Ikigai will also take some beating. Ikigai is a Japanese concept that means “a reason for being”, and there is little doubt this colt’s reason for being is to run like the wind. He has raced six times for four wins and two close-up seconds.
What is most relevant is that he has won all three races on the Standside track. This son of Vercingetorix has a remarkable turn of speed and can turn it on in an instant. He is well drawn at No 4 so that leaves only the distance as the single unknown. It’s hard to find a reason why he won’t stay 1800m, so he looks a very hard horse to beat.
Stablemate Shango looks the main threat, but he suffered an injury that kept him out of the Guineas and the Captain Of All colt might be in need of a run.
Mike de Kock is expecting a strong performance from Guineas runner-up Frosted Gold while Got The Green Light could be a force if Joe Soma has got his runner at his best.
Youcanthurrylove has run well in handicap company against older horses but disappointed in the Guineas when beaten 5.75 lengths by Ikigai.
Another who could cause an upset is De Kock’s second runner, Marshall, who started favourite for the Dingaans but suffered an injury. He has since been gelded, notched up a win and a second and will now be having his third run following a layoff.
There will be R1 million kicking off the Pick 6 pool which is expected to reach R7 million.
The meeting coincides with Super Saturday in Meydan where Win, Place and Swinger pools will be commingled to form Mega Pools and one can expect some huge payouts - Jack Milner