YOU can feel the excitement in the air with the build-up to the East Cape Festival of Racing now in full swing.
The big race is the Algoa Cup on October 27 and the trainers are working as hard as ever in getting their hopefuls in peak condition.
It will be interesting to see which horses from out of town the race attracts.
Until then, there is lots to keep the punters busy.
As we have mentioned before, the quality of horses racing in Port Elizabeth is getting better all the time.
It is good to see Astro News now in the care of champion trainer Gavin Smith. Astro News wasted no time and had an impressive win in the Arlington 1800 last Friday.
Today's headliner is the Cradock Place Stakes over 1200 metres.
As usual, Cape Town trainer Justin Snaith is going all-out to win another big Port Elizabeth race.
He has three runners but the interesting one is the six-year-old gelding, Cap Alright.
Cap Alright is used to competing with the best sprinters in the country and should be the horse to beat.
It is his first run after a rest of four months and this must give his competitors hope.
Trainer Yvette Bremner has a solid coupling with Copper Parade and Celtic Fire to challenge the favourite.
Richard Fourie will be riding Cap Alright and has set the Port Elizabeth tracks alight in recent times. He has struck up a strong combination with the Snaith yard. In this form they might just make it a bit easier to catch a Place Accumulator or Pick 6.
A race to keep an eye on is race 8, which features two of PE's favourite horses, Forest Digger and Key Castle.
Forest Digger has been sensational since making a remarkable comeback after an injury.
Key Castle, or the old man as his owners like to call him, is still showing them how to do it at the age of 10 years.
Hope to see them both in the Algoa Cup.
Punters' Pal tips for Arlington:
Pick 6 R1512