South Africa Racing – The Greeff versus Smith show continues

Trainer Gavin Smith (Credits to Gavin Smith Racing Stables Facebook)

Trainer Gavin Smith has been getting the better results all season but rival Alan Greeff looks to hold a decent hand in a number of races at Fairview on Friday and the best of them could be Double Destiny in Race , a Novice Plate over 1600m for fillies and mares.

Only one win in 11 starts suggests that Double Destiny is not an easy horse to win with but she does have the best form in the book and looks to be course and distance suited.

The Twice Over filly was an easy winner on debut and chased home the very good Ekoria second time out.

A fourth-place finish in a mixed sex race behind Port Louis gave her an early mark of around 95.

Double Destiny has struggled to confirm that high mark in her recent runs and has dropped to her current merit rating of 87.

That is clearly the highest in the race and is well in the conditions of the race. Richard Fourie has been aboard her in her last two starts and it could be third time lucky for him.

Stable companion Hot Crazy Night could be the biggest threat.

This nicely bred daughter of Gimmethegreenlight out of top-class mare Nightingale has always looked likely to improve when trying longer distances and she won a nice maiden race in her penultimate start.

The Gimmethegreenlight filly quickened from well back in the field to win easily. That was over this course and distance.

Greeff also has a strong hand in Race, a MR 74 Handicap over 1600m.

Alingalonga is in good form and has Fourie aboard. He was narrowly beaten off his current rating of 74 and is suited to the track and trip.

Stable companion Ushuaia has not been at his best on the Polytrack but was full of running when last seen on the turf and will be a danger as well.

Looking to capsize both of them is Track Commander, representing the Gavin Smith-S’manga Khumalo combination.

This Gimmethegreenlight gelding quickened nicely to win his latest start but did receive a five-point penalty for that win.

Clive Robinson


Author: Melissa