THE first month of the new racing season is nearly over and Cape Town trainer Justin Snaith is warming up for another crack at the titles in the Eastern Cape.
His satellite yard looks strong in the main race at Fairview today, the Jockey Club Stakes (listed) for fillies and mares over 2 000m.
The six-year-old mare Rain Gal is the favourite to win this one and get the Snaith train picking up steam.
Snaith nearly won the Eastern Cape trainers' title last season and no doubt will again be a huge factor.
This season Estelle Blake runs the Port Elizabeth yard and will feel a bit of pressure after the recent success of Juan Nel and Tara Laing with this stable.
Alan Greeff will certainly challenge Snaith with Stormy Coast and Silvan Spirit.
We hope the weather does not spoil what should be a thrilling contest.
Lots of punters will look to the Snaith yard to catch the exotic bets today. It is certainly a day that the use of the couplings can help you to catch the Pick 6. When the couplings fall away soon we might have lots of carry-overs and hopefully those growing pools will come into play at PE meetings.
Peter Kruyer is another Cape Town trainer with a runner in the main race. He travels with Jazelle and Internet Jet makes her PE debut for the satellite yard of Cape Town veteran trainer Mike Bass.
The talk is that even more satellite yards will be in PE soon as the newly built polytrack will be a huge attraction.
The Mother City is losing one meeting after another due to rain and more Cape Town trainers will probably turn to the Friendly City, knowing the polytrack will guarantee some action. It will, of course, put huge pressure on the smaller PE stables to compete and survive. Speaking of the polytrack – there was huge excitement at Fairview yesterday morning.
The first gallops took place on the track with national trainer Mike de Kock on hand to give the locals some advice on how to get the best out of the horses.
PUNTERS' PAL TIPS FOR FAIRVIEW:
Pick 6 R1152