South Africa Racing – It could be as easy as 1-2-3

Trainer Alan Greeff - Photo by Pauline Herman via Halo Stables - Alan Greeff Racing Facebook
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Clive Robinson

It can be interesting how the numbers game works and ones and twos is Cockney rhyming slang for shoes, and it is mainly the ones and twos that have come up as first choices for this racemeeting at Fairview this Friday.

It could be worth going for No 2 in the first four races and No 1 in the next three races and just for luck what does 1 plus 2 end up as?

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Yes, you guessed it and No 3 will round off this day for me.

Race 1: Honest Quest can get us off to a good start. This Alan Greeff-trained runner has shown a bit of promise in his three starts and only found one better last time out. This course and distance should suit.

Race 2: Popular with the public, trainer Jarret Rugg recently handed in his licence, and it was sad to see he couldn’t get a win out of Irish Sea. But now in the care of Duncan McKenzie he could be ready to pop.

Race 3: Silver Slippers has had many chances to get out of the maiden ranks and she continues to hold her form and one of these days she will get a taste of victory. It could be in this race.

Race 4: Trainer Gavin Smith has done a very good job with Ferrari Ice and the way he has been winning recently suggests he may have another win or two left in him.

Race 5: Johan Janse van Vuuren-trained Divine Odyssey clearly likes the Eastern Cape as he is unbeaten in four starts at Fairview this season. Neither turf nor Polytrack makes a difference to the seven-year-old gelding, and he could be the banker for the exotics.

Race 6: Trainer Alan Greeff has a decent hand in this race and although Paris Opera has a wide draw for jockey Greg Cheyne to master, she could be up to the task

Race 7: Like the previous race this could go the way of Alan Greeff and it is always a good sign when Greg Cheyne gets the ride. Once again, a wide draw could be a problem.

Race 8: If things have not gone to plan by the last race, we can still get out of it with a profit if Knave Of Diamonds can do us proud in this event. This Greys Inn colt disappointed when badly drawn last time out and we believe that run was too bad to be true. He is lightly raced, and it is possible he could be better than his current merit rating.