Dave MacLean and Duncan have formed a formidable team and they look to have two promising geldings in Thanksgiving and Coldhardcash.
Thanksgiving, second in the Gr2 Dingaans, prompted seasoned rider Mark Khan to comment that his mount and the Mike de Kock-trained Dingaans winner Hawwaam, were close to the top of the tree.
You could have ridden him, was Khans reply to television presenter Dees Dayanands question as to Thanksgivings performance.
That may be so, but, the son of Dynasty still showed that the penny has not quite dropped.
This was too short for him, said Howells. He won because of his ability.
The Cape of Good Hope Derby is possibly next on the agenda.
Earlier, Coldhardcash had got the ball rolling. Gelding does wonders for wayward colts and after a disappointing debut he put it all together.
He was green and blowing hard, said Howells after his win. He had an interrupted preparation and was only recently gelded. He won this on pure ability. He is still not properly fit but I knew he was way better than the opposition and told Mark to run them off their feet.
The stable was in line for a treble but Dawn Calling found heavy traffic and was an unlucky loser of the Gr3 Flamboyant Stakes. She must be the unluckiest horse in training, said Duncan. It was no fault of Marks, just circumstance.