CHAMPION filly Inara will on Saturday attempt to become only the second of her sex to win the Premier’s Champions Challenge since Ilha Da Vitoria ten years ago and, for the second time in a fortnight, she will make the six-hour journey from Summerveld on the day before the race.
Mike Bass’ assistant trainer Candice Robinson said: “We are taking a bit of a long shot but it was either the Turffontein race or go for the Tibouchina which is a Group 2 and Drakenstein were keen to run in the Premier’s.
“She will have come on from her Empress Club win although it’s not going to be easy taking on the colts and over the 2 000m at Turffontein.”
Europa Point in 2012 was the other mare to win but the bookies have a healthy respect for Grant van Niekerk’s mount and Betting World makes her 7-1 second favourite. Legal Eagle heads the market at 6-10 while Captain America and French Navy are both 15-2 chances. Brazuca is next on 10-1.
Captain America was beaten three and a half lengths by Legal Eagle in the Horse Chestnut and was a length adrift in the J& B Met but Brett Crawford has not given up hope.
He said: “What I liked was that each time we were the only one coming back at him at the end, and he is doing very well.”
Crawford has both Prix Du Cap first and fourth Cuvee Brut and Alexis in the Poinsettia Stakes at Scottsville on Sunday and said: “I’m not sure about Alexis yet but Cuvee Brut runs.”
Vaughan Marshall has supplemented CTS Million Dollar third Victorious Jay for the Canon Guineas at Greyville on May 6.
-by Michael Clower, Gold Circle.