Randjiesfontein-based trainer St John Gray makes a rare appearance in the Cape on Saturday when the talented four-year-old Biarritz - the only colt in the race and beautifully bred from the Red Ransom female line - steps into the fray in his quest for glory in the R2million Grade I J&B Met at Kenilworth Racecourse.
The flamboyant and outspoken former lawyer says that his charge has come through his preparation with flying colours and said that, while Cape Town was a beautiful city, his mission was "strictly business" and he was not making the trip to enjoy the scenery.
When questioned on what he thought the key factors were that would affect the outcome, he had a few interesting observations: "There has been plenty of speculation as to whether Biarritz stays the 2000m trip. I believe he will, even if I must concede that it will definitely touch on the outer limits of his distance range.
"He is built like a miler but has definitely strengthened up as a four-year-old. I would have preferred a better draw but with his style of running it is not a significant disadvantage in my book.
"The key for me lies in the hands of Charles Laird and Mike Bass - two top trainers who have the tactical edge with their four runners apiece. Laird particularly has Our Giant and Pick Six who can go out and dictate matters to suit themselves.
"I have heard nonsense being spoken that Kenilworth is an "easy" 2000m trip. Believe me, 2000m there is exactly the same distance as 2000m in Turffontein.
"What we should be saying is that it is not "as difficult" as Turffontein and in the end one still needs a horse that can gallop for just over two minutes."