Snaith gunning for
more glory at Kenilworth
Preview: South Africa, Saturday 2.50pm GMT
Kenilworth: Avontuur Estate Cape Fillies Guineas (Grade 1) 1m, turf ,3yo fillies
Justin Snaith, responsible for a quarter of the 16-strong field, believes he can win South Africa's equivalent of the 1,000 Guineas for the fourth time in seven seasons.
He said: "We are quite bullish and we believe that it's our race to lose. The longer run in of the new course will suit In The Fast Lane [ridden by Richard Fourie] and if she gets into the right position in the race she will be hard to beat. Highly Decorated [Piere Strydom] is 110 per cent and beats everything at home by five lengths while She's A Pippa [Sean Cormack] could sneak into the first four."
Snaith also runs Darling Moon (Muzi Yeni).
In The Fast Lane is 9-2 favourite with big local firm Betting World and last month made up a lot of ground to win the Choice Carriers, the recognised trial for this race but over a furlong less.
Along Came Polly (Gavin van Zyl/Anthony Delpech) is 5-1 second favourite. She is one of ten who ran in the Choice Carriers but finished only ninth.
However, Van Zyl said: "She had a most unsatisfactory prep and missed ten days of the previous 21. She galloped very nicely on grass at Kenilworth last week and she is now a different horse."
Mike Bass, also four-handed and bidding for his fourth win, said: "If you pressed me for the pick of mine I would say Pure Power [Karl Neisius] although Alascan Maiden [Anton Marcus] is the best mover of the four."
The lightly raced Rainy Day (Sean Tarry/S'Manga Khumalo) has travelled 900 miles from Johannesburg and Tarry said: "She has ability and a good draw. I think she will be in the money."
Jockeys will wear black armbands at every South African racemeeting between now and Nelson Mandela's state funeral on December 15 as a mark of respect to the country's former president, who died on Thursday evening.
Flags on all racecourses will be at half mast and a minute's silence will be observed at each meeting.
Clyde Basel of racing operator Phumelela, said: "We will also be giving out special Madiba mementos at Saturday's Avontuur Cape Fillies Guineas meeting. These will be in the form of badges that people can pin on to show their respect."