A mouth-watering clash between the country’s top fillies and mares is in store for racegoers at Kenilworth on Saturday with the running of the R500 000, Grade 1 Klawervlei Majorca Stakes, a weight-for-age clash over 1 600m for which 11 runners have accepted.
Welwitschia, Majorca hopeful.
In the absence of Princess Victoria and in spite of being drawn widest of the 11 runners, the Joey Ramsden-trained Captain Al filly Trinity House will be one of the favourites to win the race having run two good seconds to the Glen Kotzen star, the most recent in the Avontuur Estate Fillies Guineas. She will relish the 1 600m of this race and ran a classy second to Covenant in the Sceptre Stakes last time out.
Mike de Kock runs the British-bred filly Welwitschia and the Irish-bred Gibraltar Blue while Justin Snaith goes into battle with Ebony Flyer and Dance With Al. Ebony Flyer, who ran third to Mother Russia in the L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate a year ago, will head the challenge but could find stiff opposition from runners like Happy Archer from the Sean Tarry stable who won the Grade 1 Garden Province Stakes at Greyville last season.