South Africa Racing – Ekoria can stamp her authority

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

The fairer sex takes centre stage at Fairview on Friday with the running of The Oaks Plate (Listed) over 1800m and the East Cape Filles Sprint (Listed) over 1200m.

Trainer Gavin Smith continues to have winners and his class filly Ekoria returned to her best with a solid win over 1600m last month.

The Futura filly had been runner-up in all three of her starts this season but indicated that the middle distances suit her now and she was full of running last time out.

Stepped up to 1800m this time should not be a problem and regular rider JP van der Merwe retains the ride.

Rival trainer Alan Greeff has a couple of runners entered to beat her and the best of them look to be Double Destiny and Sugarberry.

When Ekoria and Double Destiny met last season there was only 0.75 lengths between them and Double Destiny was expected to turn the tables on her rival last time out but she let the side down with a disappointing run.

She seemed to be caught out in a slow-run race that day and she should do a lot better this time around.

Her regular rider Richard Fourie has deserted her for Sugarberry this time and we have to respect that decision if that was indeed his choice.

Sugarberry is course-and-distance suited and is on the up but this is a tougher task.

The Filles Sprint should be a competitive finish with some promising filles carded. Greeff-trained Lunar Halo was an impressive debut winner and was not disgraced when raiding the Western Cape and finishing fourth.

Back on her home ground she looks the likely winner.

Former South African Champion Trainer Justin Snaith has had a few decent juvenile winners in the Western Cape, so we need to take special note that he has only sent down one runner for this race in the form of Siddeley.

This filly showed good improvement from her fair debut to win second time out.

Smith has been winning most of the Juvenile races in the Eastern Cape this season and two of his debut winners are also in with a chance.

Hildelita and Idita were well supported when winning their races and both could turn out to be talented fillies and deserve respect.

Clive Robinson

Author: Melissa