Exotics the way to play

PUBLISHED: 28 August 2019

Don Pierro (Candiese Marnewick)

The Vaal Classic track has a mine race meeting tomorrow in which the exotics look the best way to play.

In the first leg of the PA over 1500m Little Sparrow, who is by Var out of Grade 1 SA Fillies Classic winner Bambina Stripes, has proven ability to stay this far and has been consistently close up in her last few starts. She is the one to beat but on the downside she has a tough draw which will provide a problem for Warren Kennedy considering she likes to be handy. Tartan Dancer ran a fair race second time out when stepped up to 1400m and being by Ideal World has scope for further improvement and she will enjoy the slight step up in trip. The well bred Princess Penelope, who is out of four time Grade 1-winning sprint-miler Princess Victoria found no extra from the front last time over 1450m but with more conservative tactics she can get this trip and being by Silvano she start coming into her own.

Don Pierro (Candiese Marnewick)
Don Pierro (Candiese Marnewick)

In the first leg of the Pick 6 over 1800m Left Hook could enjoy the probable good pace of this race, which won’t take much beating. Turf Master will likely go to the front from a wide draw and will make a bold bid, but he might have to contest the lead with In For A Penny, who just failed from the front last time. Grey Street moved up well over 2400m last time before finding no extra so is interesting over this trip. Gentleman’s Wager ran on well over 1400m in his comeback from a four month layoff and this lightly raced five-year-old is interesting over a more suitable trip.

In the first leg of the Jackpot over 1800m Arabian Sunrise is knocking on the door and has a middle draw over a suitable trip so this represents a good opportunity. Varquera has run on over 1600m before so could be a contender from draw two. Hope For Millions has fair KZN form and from pole position could make her presence felt as she moved up well over 1900m at Greyville last time, although over this trip the altitude could be a factor.

The sixth is an uninspiring MR 68 handicap over 2400m and Gold Griffin could follow up on his Maiden win over this trip. He has improved continuously since gelding and being stepped up in trip and is well drawn. Kamakura could reverse form with Village Dero at the weights although both have chances.

In the seventh, a Pinnacle Stakes event over 1600m, Lake Kinneret has caught the eye lately with his powerful finishing runs and this trip could be his forte. However, he is 3kg under sufferance with the best weighted Unagi. Puget Sound has processed into a useful sort and is drawn in pole over an ideal trip but this is his second run after a layoff. Unagi used to be considered a Turffontein Inside course mile specialist but has become consistent lately and has won the only Time he ran over this course and distance. He has a good draw of two but his high rating is judged on just one run, a third in the Grade 1 wfa Horse Chestnut Stakes, and he will be hard pressed to repeat that effort.

In the eighth over 1000m Sugoi is a strongly built son of Noordhoek Flyer who should be coming into his own. He is three points higher than his last win but the latter was over 1200m and he is better over this trip. He didn’t appear to act on the sand last time. Singfonico all gets an ideal course and distance having run below par on the poly and the sand in his last two starts respectively. Moon Warrior is another with a chance as a progressive sort although he has to overcome an effective four point raise.

In the last race over 1000m Comaneci has talent and makes plenty of appeal with a 1,5kg claimer up, although he is wearing first time blinkers. Chief Of State impressed when just failing you beat Mr Whatson in March and if he repeats that effort he has a shout. Sacred Castle has not raced since a below par effort in February but showed a lot of ability on debut and if he can repeat that effort he has a chance in just his third career outing.

By David Thiselton