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The Michael Robinson trained Goodtime Gal will bid to win the G3 WSB Diana Stakes for a second year in a row, when she lines up in a 11 horse field for Saturday’s race.

The 6yo impressed when runner up to the now retired Nordic Breeze in a conditions plate over 1200m at the end of July and she has an excellent record at Durbanville. With the services of top jockey Anton Marcus, and nicely drawn in three, Goodtime Gal looks a big runner on Saturday –even if she is conceding weight to all her rivals –including some who sport higher merit ratings.

Freedom Charter beat Goodtime Gal into third (by just over a length and a quarter) when the pair clashed in the G3 Champagne Stakes last time out  but is now worse off by 1kgs. It should be close again between the pair.
Freedom Charter’s 3yo stable companion Lesedi La Rona is unbeaten in two starts and ended off her 2yo campaign with a win in the Listed Perfect Promise Sprint. However the Trippi filly, who is trying the 1400m trip for a first time, will be racing for a first time since the beginning of May, and looks likely to come on from her race on Saturday. Lesedi La Rona is receiving plenty of weight from her older rivals and could be anything.

Love To Boogie, who makes her Cape reappearance following a KZN campaign which saw her win the Off To Stud Stakes, and has not raced since July. A wide draw will not help her cause either- although it is perhaps worth taking into consideration that she is unbeaten at Durbanville.

Champion trainer Justin Snaith is, inevitably, well represented in the 2018 Diana Stakes and is responsible for five of the 11 runners! Riding arrangements suggest that Angel’s Trumpet, a good winner over the course and distance last time out, is the pick of the Snaith runners. Miss Katalin, winner of the 2017 Lanzerac Ready To Run Stakes, makes her first start since finishing third to fellow Diana runner Platinum Class back in March. Platinum Class had solid form before a poor run last time out when ninth in the Ladies Mile but she would have a chance if repeating her third, to Fresnaye, in the Listed Stormsvlei Mile two starts back.

Red Ginger drops back in trip and appears to need more ground than the 1400m of Saturday’s race, while fellow Snaith inmate Dynamic Diana makes her first start since June and is yet to convince she is up to winning at this level.

Lowly rated Hemero, rated just 79, looks outclassed, while Samsara looks held by Angel’s Trumpet on her last run.

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