Jack Milner: Owner Laurence Wernars, whether keeping possession in the family or in partnership with other owners, has some excellent horses running for him currently.
To get one promising horse capable of picking up a feature race or two is a dream for most owners but Wernars could capture a few highly graded races in the upcoming season with a number of talented individuals.
One of those is Prince Of Fire, winner of his first three starts. Often when judging the quality of a victory one looks at the number of winners to have come out of that win, and in the case of this three-year-old son of Gimmethegreenlight, that statistic is impressive.
Two winners have come from his first two starts – of course Prince Of Fire himself made up one of them in each of those cases – but there is no arguing with his last triumph which has produced no less that four winners from six runners.
One fully expects that tally to be improved to five when Prince Of Fire lines up in Race 7 on Monday, a MR 89 Handicap over 1000m on the Turffontein Inside track.
Based on the average merit ratings of this field, it is more or less the same strength as the field this gelding beat last time, but he will be carrying 7kg more. That, in the main, is as a result of the 4kg penalty he picked up for his last win.
Prince Of Fire won his first two races over 1000m and proved even more effective last time when tried over 1200m. Two of those wins have come on the Inside track so that will not prove to be a burden for jockey Raymond Danielson, who gets the ride for the first time aboard the Johan Janse van Vuuren-trained runner.
All races on this track take place around the turn but Prince Of Fire is perfectly drawn at No 4.
Please click here to read more.