There is no rainfall predicted for tomorrow’s big meeting at Turffontein and in likely perfect racing conditions punters can look forward to an exciting day of top class racing.
Mike de Kock can land his tenth Gauteng Summer Cup which is raced this year in honour of the popular late owner and breeder Chris Gerber.
De Kock’s charge Soqrat can be switched on and off and will likely find a satisfactory position in the running under Anton Marcus. His task of carrying topweight is made easier by the fact that half of the twenty runners are officially under sufferance and his class can pull him through.
His stablemate Barahin won easily with second time blinkers on last time in the Charity Mile and he should appreciate the step up in trip. He has a fair draw of eight. Divine Odyssey has enjoyed a fine preparation and this long-striding sort will relish the course and distance.
Marchingontogether has class and has improved with gelding. He has been prepared for this race and will relish the course and distance. Roy Had Enough will also be cherry ripe over an ideal course and distance.
Cascapedia went close last year and is now effectively two points lower in the merit ratings.
Al Mutakawel has unlikely showed his best yet, so with a light weight and a good draw he must be respected.
The progressive Queen Supreme could be anything, so is a must include.
The best bet on the card is chosen as True To Life in the first leg of the Pick 6, the Grade 3 Magnolia Handicap over 1160m. She has always had class and showed exceptional natural speed last time over 1200m before fending off the challenge of the well regarded colt Ikigai to whom she gave half-a-kilogram. She is drawn on the right side and looks likely to rise above her current merit rating of 107.
The Grade 2 Betting World Dingaans over 1600m has a potential PA banker in the impressive Frosted Gold. This powerful grey is bred to go this trip and he certainly has a winning attitude. Promiseofamaster is a different type, being rangy, but is equally magnificent and he will be attempting to mow them down late. Astrix also has class and must be included in all bets.
The second leg of the Pick 6 is the Grade 2 Merchants. Gimme A Wave is full of ability and sneaks into the handicap with the minimum weight, but he does tend to over race unless striding freely so he can’t be a banker. Warrior’s Rest is huge and admirable as he is tough to overtake once in the front or handy and he proved last time he is effective over sprints. Prince Of Kahal goes for five in a row. The classy Van Halen runs well fresh. William The Silent just failed after a year’s long rest last time, although the ground will not be as forgiving this time. Mardi Gras, who returns from a 189 day layoff, has speed and class and is drawn on the right side.
The penultimate leg of the Pick 6 is the Grade 2 Ipi Tombe Stakes. Mill Queen won the Starling Stakes despite an interrupted preparation and this big-hearted filly can continue to progress. In The Dance has a fine turn of foot and the often under-estimated Roy’s Riviera will relish the course and distance. Vistula, Ronnie’s Candy and Wisteria Walk have to be included too. In the Listed RA Handicap Ali Bon Dubai is the one to beat from pole position if reproducing his Gold Cup run, but Noble Secret, Factor Fifty, Flichity by Farr, Bindiblu and Tirzan also have to be included.
By David Thiselton