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Edict Of Nantes and Al Sahem set for Greyville showdown

Mike de Kock: saddles Orchid Island
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2.20 Greyville
Daily News 2000 | (Grade 1) | 1m 2f | turf | 3-y-o

Edict Of Nantes (Brett Crawford/Anton Marcus), the horse on whom Frankie Dettori won the Cape Derby, faces a showdown with South African Derby winner Al Sahem (Mike de Kock/Anthony Delpech).

The latter is favourite to give De Kock his third win in this race in the last eight seasons but there is a suspicion that the colt may not be quite as effective over this shorter trip and Crawford reports Edict Of Nantes in good shape, saying: “He has come on a lot from his recent allowance plate second, he has been doing well and we are very happy with him.”

Pagoda (Geoff Woodruff/Chase Maujean) was beaten a length and three-quarters by Al Sahem in the Derby but would have finished closer had he not been hampered at halfway and shuffled back. Woodruff said: “Gavin Lerena had him on the rail and he became caught in a box behind a slowing horse.”

Horizon (Candice Bass-Robinson/Aldo Domeyer) suffered a similar traffic problem when starting favourite for the Daisy Guineas and his trainer said: “He likes to be settled in a race with a strong pace because he can quicken off that. Ideally I would like him to sit around fifth this time.”

Zodiac Ruler (Justin Snaith/Bernard Fayd’Herbe) was second to Edict Of Nantes in the Cape Derby and more recently ran well in the Daisy Guineas.

Also on Saturday

Greyville: Woolavington 2000 (Grade 1) 1m 2f, turf, 3-y-o fillies 1.40pm BST

Daisy Fillies Guineas winner Gimme Six (Justin Snaith/Anthony Delpech) is favourite to confirm the placings with Final Judgement (Glen Kotzen/Richard Fourie) who has a length and a half to make up but Kotzen is optimistic.

He said: “Final Judgement is flying – she has had a good prep and I think she is going to enjoy this trip. She has tended to get a bit flat-spotted over shorter distances so maybe she will be even more effective over further.”

Epona (Joey Ramsden/Anton Marcus) has been heavily backed in the last two days. She won over the trip last time but has a bit to find on the book.

Orchid Island (Mike de Kock/Craig Zackey) managed only fifth in the SA Oaks but her trainer has won three of the last eight runnings while Safe Harbour (Sean Tarry/Muzi Yeni) was beaten less than half a length in both the Cape Fillies Guineas and the Paddock Stakes and, at least arguably, has the best form of the lot.

He likes to be settled in a race with a strong pace because he can quicken off that. Ideally I would like him to sit around fifth this time
E.W. Terms