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Races 5 and 6 at Hollywoodbets Kenilworth on Saturday could be “boat races” fought out between two rivals. Montelena and Fun Zone are pitched against each other in the 5th, whilst My Flower Fate and Passchendaele may duke it out in the 6th.


Montelena has been stiff recently, encountering trouble in running yet still doing credibly. She is primed for a bold showing and will prefer the wider expanses of the summer course than tighter Hollywoodbets Durbanville.


Candice Bass Robinson reports that Fun Zone has strengthened up nicely as she’s gotten older. The Rafeef filly, impressive at her penultimate start, is also teed up to go close. On their clash behind Japanese Rose there is little separating the four-year-old and younger, Vaughan Marshall trained rival, Montelena.


A similar scenario could play itself out in Race 6 over 1800m where 4 y old, My Flower Fate is taken on by year- younger, Passchendaele, who receives 5kg’s.


As a juvenile, Passchendaele ran 3.4 lengths off subsequent Fillies Guineas winner Beach Bomb at level weights on heavy ground so she could conceivably be better than her current official mark of 85. That would make her dangerous off 52kg’s though My Flower Fate (to whom trainer Lucinda Woodruff is fitting a tongue tie) is a well-above-average filly liable to get a good trip stalking the pace.


Race 8 is an open affair. The tentative shortlist comprises Blue Holly, Oni San and last out facile winner, Miss Greenlight, but wider cover may be required by exotic bettors chasing P6s and Jackpots.


The case for Blue Holly hinges on a fine try behind Kwinta’s Light in the Southern Cross three weeks ago. Formerly seen as a speedy, Durbanville specialist, she still showed up well in the strong G2 at Hollywoodbets Kenilworth. Despite being drawn awkwardly and getting blocked she was only two lengths shy at the wire.


Oni San was further back in that same race but that slightly dull effort may not reflect her true ability. Her previous dip behind Baltic Secret was more like it and whenever Vaughan Marshall books Richard Fourie they mean business.


Miss Greenlight romped at her most recent start in a career peak performance. If the mare can replicate that standard (she was raised 8 points for her troubles), then she too will be a principal contender.


Andre Nel cleaned up last weekend with Saartjie (G3 SplashOut Victress Stakes), Master Redoute (G3 Ridgemont Peninsula Handicap), and Axl in what computed to a 1087/1 treble. Clearly, his Rondeberg string is in good heart, and he will be hoping that Hoodia adds to the stable haul by winning Race 2.


The Ideal World ex Welwitschia gelding stayed on after a tardy get-away behind Trippi’s Silk in a smart debut three weeks ago. Going back down the “straight six” and now wiser to the task, Hoodia looks teed up to shed his Maiden.


Single race exotic bettors can use Hoodia on top, with Twentytwentyvision, Song to the Moon, and Star Performer as back- ups.



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