Timeform pick out their best bets from Turffontein and Durbanville on Friday.
"...ran well on his debut over a mile when three and a half-lengths second to Hero's Honour..."
Manhattan Cocktail ran well on his debut over a mile when three and a half-lengths second to Hero's Honour here last month. The fourth has won since to frank the form, and Manhattan Cocktail can only improve considerably for that experience. As a son of Australian bred Manhattan Rain, he is expected to be just as happy dropped back a furlong in trip.
Star Burst was already threatening to win a race after a trio of third places over six and seven furlongs, but improved on that last time out at Kenilworth when beaten a neck by Love Dove on her first try at a mile. Although she is dropped back in trip this afternoon, that isn't seen as a negative and Star Burst is fully expected to reverse December form with Bendy Bullet now.
Fish River has the joint highest rating in this field for top trainer Mike de Kock yet still gets weight from stable companion Takingthepeace and that ought to be enough to see her come home in front for the third time. She won a competitive looking handicap by three-quarters of a length with plenty in hand last time and fully deserves a shot at this class.