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Sprinting fillies take centre stage at Scottsville

Preview: South Africa, Saturday 2.20pm BST

Scottsville: South African Fillies Sprint (Grade 1) 6f, turf, 3yo+, f/m

VIA AFRICA (Duncan Howells/Alec Forbes) is hot favourite after finishing second to champion sprinter What A Winter in two of her last three starts and she carries plenty of stable confidence.

Howells said: "She is a very good filly and I feel it will take a good horse to beat her."

Anton Marcus

Anton Marcus: rides All Is Secret

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All Is Secret (Vaughan Marshall/Anton Marcus) won the All Robertson on this day last year and has been showing good form all season.

Marshall said: "Her prep has gone well and she is in good form but it's one of the toughest fields I've seen for this race in many years."

There has been money for Welwitschia (Mike de Kock/Anthony Delpech) who has made the frame in all five starts this term while Princess Victoria (Glen Kotzen/Bernard Fayd'Herbe) won the 2011 Allan Robertson.

Also on Saturday

Scottsville: Allan Robertson Championship (Grade 1) 6f, turf, 2yof 1.00pm BST

Happy Valentine (Vaughan Marshall/Sean Veale) has been backed from 4-1 to 5-2 favourite after running out a five length winner of her only start over a furlong less at Clairwood. However no favourite has won this since 2005.

Marshall said: "She was impressive on her debut and put up a good time but we are throwing her in at the deep end. Her work has been good and we expect her to run well."

My Sanctuary (Duncan Howells/Alec Forbes) opened joint second favourite and has won three out of four but there are doubts about her temperament.

Howells said: "That's my main concern as she is a difficult customer. She is one of those hot horses but if she controls her temperament she is a big runner."

Scottsville: Tsogo Sun Medallion (Grade 1) 5f, turf, 2yo 1.40 BST

Willow Magic (Sean Tarry/Piere Strydom) has won his two most recent starts at Turffontein and has been backed from 5-2 to 7-5 favourite

Normanz (Charles Laid/Anton Marcus) is second favourite after scoring convincingly in his last two starts and Laird is bidding for his fifth win in this race in the last 13 years.

Captain's Reserve (Vaughan Marshall/Bernard Fayd'Herbe) won over course and distance on his debut earlier in the month and is next in the market.

Marshall said: "This is a horse with lots of talent but unfortunately he is drawn towards the outside. Had be drawn near the inside I would have been pretty confident."

Scottsville: Golden Horse Sprint (Grade 1 h'cap) 6f, turf, 3yo+ 3.00pm BST

Cape Royal (Dean Kannemeyer/Karl Neisius) is favourite to become the sixth three-year-old to win in the past eight years but his trainer has reservations.

Kannemeyer said: "He is in good shape but it's going to be a hell of a task. He is carrying a lot of weight for a three-year-old, he prefers it more on top and he is drawn on the outside which is not in his favour at all."

Cap Alright (Justin Snaith/Bernard Fayd'Herbe) has top weight and some smart form.

Snaith said: "I think he will like Scottsville. He is a strong galloper and I hope we get more rain."

Northern Emperor (Charles Laird/Anton Marcus) represents last year's winning combination while there has been support for Royal Zulu Warrior (Kum Naidoo/Alec Forbes)

 
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