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Daiquiri, a rising star on local scene

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THE three-year-old filly, Peach Daiquiri, has set the local horse racing scene alight.

She is unbeaten after three starts but it was the manner in which she won last Friday at Fairview that made the experts sit up and take notice. Peach Daiquiri won the Fillies Guineas Plate in impressive fashion and all indications are there is a lot more to come from her.

Hopefully we will see her taking her place in a big race in the Western Cape Summer season.

It is still early days but one can understand the excitement at the Sharon Kotzen-stable as the future plans for this promising filly take shape.

Kotzen is enjoying a fine season. She is in third spot on the East Cape Trainers’ log with Gavin Smith and Alan Greeff setting the pace, as usual.

One of the East Cape’s favourite racing sons, Lunga Gila, has started a new chapter in his career though. The 39-year-old man from the Transkei has been working with racehorses since his teenage days. He now has his trainer’s licence, has moved to Gauteng and set up his horse racing stable at Randjesfontein.

Gila had a long stint at Fairview’ working with trainers Mitch Wiese, Glen Kotzen and Kom Naidoo.

He will be missed at Fairview but he has the goodl wishes of Nelson Mandela Bay Racing and his career will be followed closely.

There are some big race days coming up in Cape Town and Johannesburg over the next two weekends, but Fairview also has plenty of action to offer.

This coming Friday, the November Stakes is the main event and the Glendore Sprint will be the highlight of the meeting on the 25th.

All the Fairview action is on the Polytrack for the rest of the year while the Turf is getting its annual treatment.

This time of the year going into the holiday season the Fairview meetings are festive occasions.

Last Friday, a group of German students were part of the crowd and thoroughly enjoyed their day at the races.

Entry to all Fairview meetings is free.

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