The Turffontein Inside track has an ordinary nine race meeting tomorrow but there will still be a lot to enthuse about.
The best bet is chosen as Eightfolds Lass in the fifth race over 1600m, but she is an inexperienced filly running from a wide draw and so punters might want to exercise caution in the Pick 6. Last time out from a wide draw at this course over 1450m the jockey managed to drop her out on the back of a fast pace and she was then able to use her stride. She then ran on strongly from last and just failed. So it all depends on the pace and, although her sire Eightfold Path was a stakes winner over a mile, her Jallad dam’s only win was over 1100m so there could be a slight stamina question mark. The dangers are Tuscan Light and Kayla’s Eagle, who should both enjoy the course and distance, although the former has a tough draw. Diamonds ‘N Rubies and Vijeta could improve and can also be included.
The PA first leg is over 2600m and Humour Me, being by Ideal World out of a Fort Wood mare, should relish the step up in trip and is drawn in pole. The rangy Byron Bay can be included from a fair draw as he stayed on well over 2000m last time despite over racing a touch early after being dropped to last from a wide draw. Flame Fella is proven over this trip so has to be included despite a wide draw being against him.
Latin Opus is a PA banker in the next over 1600m as he is a progressive sort who stayed on over this trip last time and he is well drawn again. The Brass Way has run three fair races and gets a good draw for a change so can be included in the Pick 6.
In the sixth race over 2000m American Indian is on the up and from a plum draw can make it two-in-a-row off a three point higher merit rating. Gift For The Gap impressed in the Derby Trial and will be improving all the time being an immature sort. Yamoto is a well-bred gelding by Dynasty who has plenty of substance and will be coming into his own, so he must be included.
In the seventh over 1000m in form Roy Magner’s pair Pool Party and Opera are the fancies from good draws. However, it is an open race and La Bella Mia, Winter Watch and See You Tyger are hard to ignore.
In the eighth over 1600m Witch Of The West has always struck as being a nice sort and has probably been looking for this trip. Only To Win has good form against some fair sorts over this trip and Abelie is improving. However, its open and the whole field can be included with the exception of Until Dawn who is hopelessly out at the weights.
In the last race over 1600m Missouri has dropped to a competitive mark and has been staying on over 1400m so should enjoy this trip and is selected to beat Genesis and Picadilly Square.
By David Thiselton