Picture: UPSPLASH/SIMON PETROL
Picture: UPSPLASH/SIMON PETROL

Trainer Lucky Houdalakis can grab some feature race limelight when he saddles his progressive filly Seville Orange in Saturday’s R150,000 Oaks Trial at Turffontein.

Named after the famous orange trees in Seville, Spain, the three-year-old daughter of Duke Of Marmalade — owned and bred by Drakenstein Stud — looks ready to raise her game and notch the fourth win of her career.

There are a number of plus factors about her chance on Saturday, the filly has won over the distance of 2,000m, she is drawn well at barrier four and goes well for her young jockey Craig Zackey.

Houdalakis will be well aware that his charge faces some useful rivals — notably Sean Tarry’s Visionaire filly, Satin Slipper, whom champion jockey Lyle Hewitson prefers to stablemate African Daisy.

Although drawn wide, Johan Janse van Vuuren’s Captain Al filly Veritas has to go on the shortlist of possible winners as she has run well in each of her three starts.

Others with each-way claims include Warren Kennedy’s mount Abelie as well as the same stable’s other representative Pretty Border.

The top stables of Tarry and Mike de Kock have runners in the sixth race — the Derby Trial — yet this looks an open contest in which Senor Lizard and the outsider Lumber Jackeroo make the most appeal.

Trained by Paul Matchett, Senor Lizard will have no problem with the distance of 2,000m and is 3,5kg better off with De Kock’s Dynasty gelding Protea Paradise compared to their clash in February. 

Tarry runs the lightly-raced Byword colt Flash Burn and the colt will be ridden by Hewitson, leaving young Luke Ferraris to partner unbeaten stable companion Last Of The Legend.

The interesting runner is Candice Dawson’s grey gelding Lumber Jackeroo, as there was a lot to like about the way he beat subsequent winner Fire And Rescue on his second start.

That race was over 1,600m, so there is an extra 400m for Lumber Jackeroo to negotiate this time, yet he gave the impression he would not be inconvenienced by the step up in trip.

Punters appear to have a banker bet in the first leg of the Pick 6 in which Gin Fizz will be at cramped odds to follow up her impressive debut win. This daughter of Soft Falling Rain slaughtered her opponents here in February and should take this race — the R150,000 Ruffian Stakes — en route to better things.

Gin Zizz should be followed home by Basadi Faith — another useful member of Paul Matchett’s yard — as this daughter of Master Of My Fate has posted two clear cut wins.

Gavin Lerena rides Gin Fizz and he looks set for a successful meeting as his mount in the third race — the Storm Bird Stakes — is Frosted Gold who won his maiden at the Vaal in February with an impressive turn of foot.

This time it is going to be harder for the New Zealand-bred youngster as he faces Tarry’s filly Cavivar, who was equally impressive when making a winning debut here in January.

This might turn out to be the best race of the day with two up-and-coming two-year-olds representing top stables with two talented riders going head-to-head over the minimum trip of 1,000m.

SELECTIONS:

1st Race: (3) Pearl Of Siberia (1) Hartleyfour (2) Tsitsikamma Bush (5) Lion King

2nd Race: (1) Urban Oasis (2) Captains Love (3) Mercer Girl (6) Captain's Legacy

3rd Race: (5) Cavivar (2) Frosted Gold (1) Arapaho (4) Look To The Sky

4th Race: (3) Gin Fizz (1) Basadi Faith (2) Emerald Tiara (5) Allmyloving

5th Race: (2) Gottalottaluv (3) Sunshine Silk (8) Seeking Gold (5) Parisienne Chic

6th Race: (3) Senor Lizard (10) Lumber Jackeroo (2) Protea Paradise (8) Flash Burn

7th Race: (1) Seville Orange (3) Veritas (4) Satin Slipper (2) Abelie

8th Race: (3) Pretty Penny (2) Winter Watch (8) Three Stars (11) See You Tyger

9th Race: (4) Summer Afternoon (2) Basilius (1) American Hustle (7) Sea Air

10th Race: (4) Crystal Stream (1) Wild Thoughts (3) Tehuano (2) Glitter Path