The nine race meeting at Turffontein Inside track tomorrow starts with a Maiden Juvenile Plate over 1600m.
The Mike de Kock-trained Vercingetorix gelding Vaseem made a good debut over 1200m against older mixed maidens and was a bit short of room in the latter stages when in a threatening position. He now has a good draw over a step up in trip he should relish and Anton Marcus is up, so he looks the one to beat. Steak And Ale ran well third time out when stepped up to this trip, just failing after being green and producing a late rattle. He has scope for improvement and is a threat from a good draw. On My Mind was a touch outpaced late over 1400m last time when run out of it and he should relish the step up in trip.
Annatjie looks the one to beat in the second from pole position over 1600m. She stayed on well when going handy from a wide draw over 1450m last time but was caught be a flying Lady Defiance. She should prefer this trip and has the advantage of a 4kg claimer up. Irish Dame caught the eye running on well over this trip on debut and she only finished three-quarters of a length behind Annatjie that race, so has a shout here, although she has to contend with another wide draw. Flagship Fund beat Annatjie over this trip when they last met down the straight but she has a wide draw to overcome. Escape To Victory also has a form chance and is well drawn. Diorama could improve too over this trip and has Marcus up.
In the third over 1450m Arabian Air just failed from the front in his first run on the Highveld over this course and distance and he should have come on from that run. He is the best weighted horse in this Assessment Plate. Crown Guardian has class and should enjoy the step up in trip and will be a big threat and Flash Burn can also make it onto a trifecta position.
In the first leg of the Pick 6 over 1200m Orchid Street has a nice stride and is knocking on the door over this trip. Endangered can also be included as this gelding has substance and plenty of scope for improvement and he is drawn in pole over a step up in trip he should enjoy.
In the first leg of the Jackpot over 1200m the two-year-old Frankel filly Lagertha can improve on her good course and distance debut from a slightly better draw and with Marcus now up. Britannia Queen and Notquitethereyet look to be the dangers.
It gets tricky from then on as the handicaps start. In the sixth race Rocky Night is a decent sort and he is drawn in pole over an ideal 1450m trip. The filly Gimme Hope Johanna can’t be ignored here as a consistent, course and distance suited horse.
In the seventh race over 1600m Silver Spectrum is a progressive sort who looks the one to beat. Kings Archer is off an attractive mark and Eurostorm makes some appeal.
Anneka, Jamra and Pale Lilac all have ability and could fight out the eighth over 1600m.
In the last race Hareer is no great shakes but should be improving being by Silvano and she should enjoy the step back up to the trip of her maiden win. She is drawn in pole too and can beat Ruby Dancer and Sans Regrets.
By David Thiselton
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