King to deny the Prince – again

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King to deny the Prince – again

GEM KING BEATS FUTURE PRINCE

Jack Milner: Trainer Piet Steyn knows what it takes to win the Winter Series at Kenilworth, after all he did it with Katak two years ago.

This year he has the first leg wrapped up when Gem King won the Grade 3 World Sports Betting Variety Club Stakes over 1600m and now four weeks later he will be hoping to claim the second leg, the WSB Legal Eagle Stakes over 1800m on the Winter Course at Kenilworth on Saturday. 

Remarkably, a few hours before Gem King takes to the track for his race, Katak will line up at Kranji Racecourse in Singapore to contest the Grade 1 Kranji Mile.

And as was the case with Katak, Gem King runs in the colours of Marsh Shirtliff, so what a day it will be for him if he could get a double victory.

Those white, pink and blue colours have been prominent in the Winter Series as they were also worn by Pocket Power, who started his career by getting his name etched on the series trophy.

In the Variety Club Stakes, Future Prince looked all over a winner coming into the closing stages but was touched off by Gem King close home who went on to win by 0.40 lengths.

The pair renew rivalry but this time Brett Crawford-trained Future Prince is 1kg better off and that could see him turn the table. In addition, the Winter Course has a shorter run-in which could benefit the frontrunner.

On the other side of the coin, the additional 200m could suit Gem King as he was the better finisher on the day.

Crawford’s charge was having just his fifth career outing and his first after a two-month break, so Future Prince should return a fitter and more battle-hardened.

There is a change of jockey on Gem King as Bernard Fayd’Herbe rode him last time but on this occasion Richard Fourie is in the irons, certainly an exceptionally skilled replacement, so that should not make much difference.

Luyola Mxothwa retains the ride on Future Prince.

A runner to consider for Swinger and Trifecta purposes is Justin Snaith-trained Pacaya who finished fourth in the Variety Club Mile. This highly regarded son of Trippi was probably in need of that outing after a rest, during which he was gelded, and remains open to further improvement.

On official ratings Pacaya is the best-weighted runner and with improved fitness on his side, should make his presence felt in the finish. Grant van Niekerk takes the ride.

In Race 6, the fillies’ equivalent – the Listed Stormsvlei Stakes over 1800m – Snaith’s Peut Etre Moi is the runner to be with in an open contest. This Master Of My Fate filly had won over 1400m and 1600m prior to finishing third in a 2000m Listed event last time out and the 200m cut back in distance should suit.

Lightly raced Going Up from the Candice Bass-Robinson yard looks a major threat as she gives the impression she will be better the further she goes. Aldo Domeyer takes the ride.

 

Jack Milner’s selections

Race 1: 8 Seeking The One, 9 Stratospheric, 7 Not In Doubt, 5 Lang’s Power

Race 2: 6 Le Mans, 5 King Mo, 3 Cosmic Event, 8 Settle The Dust

Race 3: 2 Camille Claudel, 7 Ponte Vecchio, 8 Reny, 1 Betty Boop

Race 4: 5 Gypsy Express, 4 Golden Hostess, 2 Butterfly Beauty, 7 Queen Of Sparta

Race 5: 3 Gallic Tribe, 2 Han Solo, 1 Adios Amigos, 7 Tout A Fait

Race 6: 4 Peut Etre Moi, 3 Going Up, 2 She’s A Rainbow, 6 Fleeting

Race 7: 3 Future Prince, 1 Gem King, 2 Pacaya, 4 Global Ally

Race 8: 2 Ma Black, 1 Different Face, 3 What A State, 4 Chilly Winter

Race 9: 1 Whatsinadream, 4 Raising Quinn, 2 Golden Dah, 10 Hammie’s Fan

 

BEST BET

Race 3 No 2 Camille Claudel

VALUE BET

Race 6 No 4 Peut Etre Moi

BEST SWINGER

Race 3 2×7

 

BIPOT

R216

Leg 1: 3, 5, 6

Leg 2: 2

Leg 3: 2, 4, 5

Leg 4: 1, 2, 3, 7

Leg 5: 2, 3, 4

Leg 6: 1, 3

 

PLACE ACCUMULATOR

R216

Leg 1: 2

Leg 2: 2, 4, 5

Leg 3: 1, 2, 3

Leg 4: 3, 4

Leg 5: 1, 3

Leg 6: 1, 2

Leg 7: 1, 2, 4

 

PICK 6

R2160

Leg 1: 2, 4, 5, 7

Leg 2: 1, 2, 3, 7

Leg 3: 2, 3, 4

Leg 4: 1, 2, 3

Leg 5: 1, 2, 3

Leg 6: 1, 2, 4, 10, 11

 

JACKPOT 1

R135

Leg 1: 1, 2, 3, 4, 7

Leg 2: 2, 3, 4

Leg 3: 1, 2, 3

Leg 4: 1, 2, 3

 

JACKPOT 2

R135

Leg 1: 2, 3, 4

Leg 2: 1, 2, 3

Leg 3: 1, 2, 3

Leg 4: 1, 2, 4, 10, 11

 

 

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