Three cheers for Three Rocks

Richard Fourie onboard Three Rocks (Photo by Pauline Herman via 4Racing)

Trainer Alan Greeff holds a decent hand in the two key races on the turf at Fairview on Friday.

He has Three Rocks leading his attack in Race 6, a Pinnacle Stakes for fillies and mares over 1200m, and Splicethemainbrace in Race 7, the East Cape Nursery (Listed) over 1200m.

Three Rocks has been dominant so far, winning six of her nine starts. The Heavenly Blue filly went on two unsuccessful visits to the Western Cape which account for two of her non-winning races, together with her debut in which she and was runner-up. The other sis starts, all at Fairview, produced the six victories.

Jockey Richard Fourie also has a very good record aboard her, winning five of six of the times he has ridden her.

There is a real danger, though as Gimme’s Lassie is weighted to run a big race.

This four-year-old filly was only 2.60 lengths behind Three Rocks last time out and is a full 3kg better off. In addition, Gimme’s Lassie was returning from a break that day.

A cracking field of juveniles contest the Nursery and leading the pack is unbeaten Splicethemainbrace.

Already a winner of three races the Master Of My Fate filly has looked better with each race.

She only got going late when winning her first two starts and had to fight hard to win her latest, but she keeps finding extra when needed and deserves the utmost respect.

Rival trainer Gavin Smith has had an excellent season so far with his juveniles and has four runners carded for the race.

It is hard to pick which of his runners is his preferred choice.

Family Law and Kingdundee both won on debut and looked good in doing so. His other two runners, Silvonian and Global State, have improved with each run and are fit and ready for this race.

There is, however, one other runner who can blow them all out of the water.

The Canford Cliffs colt Golden Rule was very impressive when winning his second start and it was over this course and distance.

Golden Rule had shown promise on debut when fourth at Kenilworth and confirmed that form with his good win.

Jockey S’manga Khumalo was aboard him in both starts and retains the ride.

Smith looks likely to start this meeting with a winner as his charge, filly Project Runway, looks hard to oppose in this Maiden Juvenile Plate for fillies over 1200m.

She ran a very good race on debut and can go one better this time.

Clive Robinson

Author: Melissa