When the buyers list for Wednesday’s CTS Premier Yearling Sale is released, it will be interesting to see if top owner Chris van Niekerk has purchased the half-sister to his grade 2 Golden Slipper winner Desert Rhythm. There must be a strong possibility, since the yearling — consigned by Klawervlei Stud as agent — is a daughter of his 2012 Durban July winner, Pomodoro. Desert Rhythm will be the star attraction on Thursday’s eight-race programme at the Vaal with the four-year-old contesting the fifth race in which she clashes with the Azzie stable’s Australian-bred filly San Fermin. It is probable that Desert Rhythm needed the outing when fourth behind Tamarina at Turffontein and she should go close in the hands of champion jockey Lyle Hewitson. Although it is fair to say San Fermin has been a difficult filly to catch right, she got her act together at the Vaal and Gavin Lerena retains the ride on the daughter of Charge Forward.

She certainly boasts an eye-catching pedigree com...

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