Trainer Cliffie Miller looks to be holding a winning hand at Flamingo Park today when sending out Timkat (Collen Storey) and Bright Flame (Marco van Rensburg) in Race 7, the Kimberley 1400 (Non-Black Type) over 1400m.
Miller’s charges – both five-time winners – will renew rivalry after clashing in the 1200m Flamingo Sprint where Bright Flame 55.5kg (Storey) won by a short-head from Timkat 60kg (Van Rensburg) who has not raced since.
Ridden by Van Rensburg again, Bright Flame followed up that win with a fast-finishing second in a Pinnacle Stakes over today’s distance.
Though meeting Timkat at 1kg worse terms this time, Bright Flame could have the edge again.However, both will have to be on guard against four-time winner Rock Pigeon (apprentice Na-than Klink) out of Leon Erasmus’ stable.
This filly has won three times with Klink aboard in her last five starts – and with only 52kg to shoulder and a good draw, could make her presence felt.
Next best are True Words, Arianos Bagofgold and Notacademicatall.
Cliffie Miller-trained seven-time winner Burgundy Rose could defy top-weight in Race 2.
Since joining Miller’s stable this mare has won four times Making most appeal of the oth-ers are Movie Show, Roman Evening, Waterloo Warrior and On Your Life.
Miller and Van Rensburg could be up to the task with Utopian who contests Race 3, a 1300m Maiden Plate.
The pick of the others are Inn Flitemode, Bugle Player, Eagle Ruler and Manaermidnight.