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Last season’s Equus Champion 2YO Filly Lady In Black has a tough task on her hands in Saturday’s G2 Western Cape Fillies Championship.
One of three runners in the race for visiting trainer Dennis Drier, the unbeaten G1 Thekwini Stakes winner has to jump from a very wide draw of 16 and is conceding weight to her 15 rivals.
She is also making her Cape debut here.

Lady In Black, the highest rated runner in Saturday’s field, also faces some tough opponents. Among them is the unbeaten Magical Wonderland, who made an impressive winning 3yo debut last time out.

The daughter of sprint champion What A Winter tries the 1400m trip for a first time but is well drawn.

Magical Wonderland beat all of Fillies Championship runners Rose In Bloom, Too Phat To Fly, Princess Peach, Oh Susanna and Angel’s Trumpet last time out and now beats those runners on 3kgs better terms.

Champion trainer Sean Tarry will saddle G2 Golden Slipper winner Desert Rhythm (who concedes 1kgs to all but Lady In Black), with the daughter of Mambo In Seattle poorly drawn in 13.

The Dean Kannemeyer yard has come into good form and that yard will saddle Meryl in Saturday’s R400 000 feature. A daughter of Tiger Ridge, Meryl ran on nicely to finish fifth, beaten 2.1 lengths, behind Lady In Black in the Thekwini Stakes but is another with a poor draw to overcome and she is having her first race since July.

Highly rated Elusive Heart, who won by four lengths on debut, has race fitness on her side, having defeated Snowdance over 1400m last time out and she appears the pick of the three runners from Glen Kotzen’s yard- although she is not well drawn and jumps from barrier ten.

Snowdance, a sister in blood to former Fillies Championship winner All Is Secret, downed subsequent feature race winner Rose In Bloom when making a winning debut and was making her first outing in seven months when second to Elusive Heart last time out. The Captain Al filly is now 1kgs better off with Elusive Heart, but is another with a shocking draw to overcome.

Lady In Black’s stable mates Tsessebe and Champenois have both shown promise thus far, with Tsessebe having finished third, from a poor draw, behind Desert Rhythm in the Golden Slipper. Another making her Cape debut, Tsessebe, like her stable mate however, has to overcome a very deep draw.
Champenois, a half-sister to July runner up Pierre Jourdan, beating a smart field when breaking her debut over 1200m at Scottsville. This, however, is a big jump up in class and she is surely her stable’s third string.

Miss Katalin, rated just 87, appears held on her third to Rose In Bloom in the Listed Irridescence Stakes and has not raced since the end of June, while Merysagos took six runs to break her maiden and has more to do here.

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