The race features only female horses. Bo Jally, the daughter of Jallad and Rambo’s Love, opened the betting as a 3/1 favourite and is heavily fancied to continue her impressive run that has seen her placed in most of the races she has taken part in.
Rarely has the South African horse finished beyond fourth in her races and at five years, the brown filly should have an edge over her competitors, most of who are three years old.
Stiff competition, however, could come from Kirk Swanson’s Mother Eyes, another horse with a good record over such distance. Owned by Collin Bird, the horse had top two finishes in four of five races in distances between 1,800 to 2,000 metres, but must have a good start to claim the title in this shorter distance.
Trainer Bronkhorst has the highest number in the field, sending out six entrants in Equina, Gentre Brook, Happygettslucky, Pretty Senorita and Zimbabwe bred Cheating Heart. But the three-year-old Zimbabwean could find the race tough against older opponents especially over the distance involved.
Gokhan Terzi fields Solar Impulse and six-year-old Armstrong Girl. The South Africa Armstrong Girl is still to make an impression at Borrowdale winning only one of her five starts last season and finishing fourth twice before settling for ninth and 10th position in the other that followed.
Sebastien D’Aquino, who won the Zimbabwe National Army race with Pleasant Valley, has two horses in Double Date and Des Moines. His strongest contender is Double Date, who has a number of pole finishes over the same distance, while the grey Des Moines comes in as an outsider.
The Champions Fillies Stakes will be followed by the Grade 3 HRIB Gold Cup Sprint, to be run over 1,200 metres on November 30.Post published in: Sport