Star Fillies Clash In Fillies Guineas Thriller
Kenilworth racecourse will host the first G1 race for three-year-olds of the 2019-2020 South African racing season this Saturday.
The 2019 G1 World Sports Betting Cape Fillies Guineas has attracted a full field of 16, with some of the country’s top fillies set to do battle in Saturday’s R1 000 000 feature.
Impressive recent G3 Gauteng Tourisim Authority Magnolia Handicap winner True To Life (below) is the top rated runner for the Fillies Guineas, and the daughter of Duke Of Marmalade has a fair draw of seven for Saturday’s big race. The filly is making her Cape debut on Saturday, and faces her toughest task to date, although her pedigree suggests True To Life should relish the step up to 1600m in Saturday’s contest.
Third Runway and Pretty Young Thing ran 1-2 in the recent G2 Western Cape Fillies Championship, and both should run well here. Unfortunately, Third Runway is drawn out at 14, with Fillies Championship runner up Pretty Young Thing once again drawn poorly at 17. Pretty Young Thing’s stablemates Kelpie and Flame Tree both look potential contenders here, although both are poorly drawn.
Dynasty’s well bred daughter Kelpie (main image) has won four in a row and could be anything, with Jackson filly Flame Tree, a three-quarter sister to Gold Cup winner Dynasty’s Blossom, caught the eye when winning impressively last time out and she too looks a smart prospect.
Last season’s G2 Zulu Kingdom Explorer Golden Slipper winner Cockney Pride caught the eye when third, against male rivals, in the recent G2 TAB/Betting World Dingaans, but the talented Querari filly now has a poor draw to overcome while making her Kenilworth debut.
Missisippi Burning is a progressive sort who has won three of her last four and she tries the 1600m for a first time on Saturday, while Casino Queen has won two of three starts but needs to improve on an unplaced effort in the Fillies Championship last time out.
Trainer Glen Kotzen saddles four here, including the aforementioned Third Runway and the well bred Silvano filly Follow The Star. The latter looks held by Flame Tree on her last effort, while stablemates, Dynastic Light and Castellano appear outclassed.
Eric Sands sends out Driving Miss Daisy and Laurentina in Saturday’s classic, and less than half a length separated his runners when finishing fourth and fifth respectively in the Western Cape Fillies Championship. Both fillies are well drawn on Saturday, and both look capable of running on into the money.
Roll In The Hay, third in the Fillies Championship, did not boost that form when she ran ninth over 1200m last time out. Her stablemate Sailing Ship finished nearly two lengths in front of Roll In The Hay last time out, but has a poor draw of12 to overcome on Saturday.
Drama Queen, another from the Bass-Robinson yard, has a perfect draw of four, but the Ashaawes filly looks held on past form with both Pretty Young Thing and Third Runway and has won just once in nine starts.