The Vaal has a competitive eight race meeting on the Vaal Classic track tomorrow and the exotics are usually catchable on this fair track.
The first race over 1450m is the first leg of the Bipot and it looks likely to be fought out by On My Mind and Ehsaan. There is little between them on form lines but on visual evidence On My Mind looks more likely to enjoy the step up in trip.
In the first leg of the PA Candle Rock moved up well on Saturday over 1600m when coming from a tricky draw and then faded late. This trip should be right down her alley if she lines up and she is now drawn well. Masaaqaat disappointed last time when dropped out from a wide draw over 1400m and plugging on in to fourth place. He could still go close in this uninspiring field though with first-time blinkers on and can be included in the PA.
In the first leg of the Pick 6 Stockbridge has been knocking on the door and is interesting stepped down to 1200m after being run out of it over 1400m last time. He can be bankered as the main danger looks to be the first-timer Al Mutawakel, a Silvano colt who is a full brother to the SA Derby winner and July runner up Al Sahem.
In the first leg of the Jackpot over 1450m Eightfolds Lass packs a strong finish and can mow them down from off the pace after being dropped out from a wide draw. Aideen will be a threat from a fair draw as she was one paced in the finish over 1200m last time when not disgraced and being by Irish Flame will relish the step up in trip. Golden Spiral is improving and can also be included although she does have a tough draw to overcome.
In the next over 1400m Live In Love is a promising stayer in the making and is the choice carrying a light weight. She will be vulnerable though as a handy to front running type. Both Bated Breath and Chariot Of Gold come off decent form and can also be included. However these female staying races are tough to predict and Glamarous Scandal, Emerald Bay and Animal Lover can also be included in the Pick 6 and Jackpot.
In the sixth over 2400m Hit For Six looks to be an out and out stayer who can continue to improve. From pole position and off a reasonable opening handicap mark of 70 he is a banker consideration. Beyond him the ultra consistent Kings Cup can also be considered as can Horace who comes off a good win over 2000m and should stay this trip. Mighty And Magic can’t be ignored from a good draw and Plucky Plunderer could also do well from a good draw.
The next is a wide open handicap over 1600m. Norland is a consistent sort who has a plum draw over a suitable trip. Missouri should be staying on after being dropped out. Skiminac will be dangerous from the front with a 4kg claimer up. Defy Gravity, Responsible and Mutrib can also be included. Jackman also warrants consideration from pole position. Lainsberg Blue won his maiden by over ten lengths but has not been seen for two years and on jockey bookings Missouri appears to be preferred.
In the last race over 1800m Long Pond could be good value. She caught the eye last time out staying on over the too sharp 1400m trip. She will relish this step up in trip and has a fair draw. Crystal Stream has the ability to relax well in front before producing a kick in the straight and she could be the main danger. Targaryen Queen came from last with a good run to win going away in her first attempt at this trip in the maidens. She starts off reasonable merit rating and has a good draw this time so could be closer to the pace. She can also be included in all bets.
By David Thiselton