Frankie is in town today
A magnificent weekend of racing will be crowned by the second and final leg of the Air Mauritius International Jockeys’ Challenge at Turffontein on Sunday.
There is a Pick 6 carryover at the meeting and a big payout is on the cards.
The South African team go into Sunday’s meeting with a slight edge of 52 points after Friday’s first-leg battle at Fairview in Port Elizabeth, but S’manga Khumalo, Anthony Delpech, Gavin Lerena, Muzi Yeni, Grant van Niekerk and Aldo Domeyer will need to work hard to hold off the challenge of Frankie Dettori, Hayley Turner, Robert Havlin, Pat Cosgrave, Fergus Sweeney and Aurelien Lemaitre.
Dettori did not have the best of rides at Fairview but he does have some decent bookings at Turffontein and could be the jockey to back at the meeting.
Most of the Jockeys’ International meetings have been on the Standside track, but in 2009, the last time the contest was on the Inside track, Dettori rode at the meeting, so he will have something of a feel for the layout.
Don’t forget, not only are you able to have all the usual bets but TAB are also offering Win, Place, Swinger, Exacta and Quartet pools on the riders who score the most points over the four designated races.
Dettori’s first ride is Turn Back Time for Joe Soma and this daughter of Trippi looks the horse to beat in Race 5, a FM 62 Handicap over 1800m. She has run all her races on the Inside track and is reasonably well drawn at No 7. Last time she ran just 3.80 lengths behind Mike de Kock-trained Dame Eleanor, who is unbeaten.
The main dangers look to be Flying Dream (Delpech) and Cool Fantasy (Cosgrave).
Dettori rides Lisnoble in Race 6, a MR 66 Handicap over 1600m. The horse is course-and-distance suited but there is little to choose between him and Fangia, who is drawn No 1 and has Lemaitre in the irons. Van Niekerk could be third best aboard Let’s Go West.
In Race 7, a FM 87 Handicap over 1200m, Dettori has another top ride on Seattle Lady. All of her wins have been over this distance and she is from the in-form yard of Johan Janse van Vuuren. However, there is a lot to like about Intriguing Lady who has been racing against better. Yeni has that ride for the De Kock yard.
The scratching of French Legend in Race 8 has opened the door for Van Niekerk and Honolua Bay. Her main danger could be Fast And Rocking with Khumalo up.
Jack Milner www.tabnews.co.za