Today's Racecards: Mike De Kocks picks

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There are two stand-alone race meetings on the South African racing calendar this weekend. Kenilworth hosts a nine-race programme on Saturday and Scottsville stages the same on Sunday afternoon. Highveld racing returns on Tuesday with a meeting scheduled for the Vaal.

This is a brief interval before the running of the major Durban classics of 2022 and the feature focus will be on Kenilworth, where the Listed Stormsvlei Stakes over 1800m and the G3 Legal Eagle Stakes over 1800m are the principal drawcards.

Only six will face the starter in the Stormsvlei Stakes, named after the dam of multiple Queen’s Plate and Cape Met winner, Pocket Power.

Candice Bass-Robinson, who has saddled nine winners at her last six meetings contested, looks to have an advantage with Going Up, the least raced filly in the line-up but one who has shown that she has the ability to win at Listed level. She holds rivals Maria Querol and She’s A Rainbow on their recent encounter to Young Love, has drawn barrier position one and is worth a bet with stable jockey Aldo Domeyer holding the reins.
Brett Crawford, successful in the G2 KZN Guineas with Zapatillas recently, will fancy his chances of another Graded win in the Legal Eagle Stakes, the second leg of the 2022 Cape Winter Series. Crawford has won the race before with Whiskey Baron, who went on to win the Sun Met, so will have a pretty good idea of what to expect from his promising charge Future Prince, already a three-time winner at the Cape track.

Crawford has able back-up in stable companion Winchester Mansion, who has pulled the plum draw, but Justin Snaith’s recently-gelded Pacaya is the main danger. He just needed his last run when beaten by Gem King and while his conqueror is back for a re-match, the result could be reversed this time.

It’s standard fare at Scottsville ahead of next weekend’s Pietermaritzburg Sprint Festival, but there will be avid interest in Race 6, a Pinnacle Stakes over 1400m in which Corne Spies’ leading Gauteng three-year-old, William Robertson, gets to match strides with three hard-knocking older rivals in Bass-Robinson’s Firealley and the well-performed pair of Hoedspruit and Warrior from the Snaith stable.

Warrior, who has a pull at the weights, is the ante-post favourite with his impressive record of five wins from only 11 starts.

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Published: 05/20/2022