The Turffontein Standside track eight race meeting tomorrow has a ready-made banker as Hawwaam shouldn’t raise a sweat winning the fifth race, a Pinnacle Stakes event over 1600m.
This will be the superstar’s last preparation race before the L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate and Sun Met and with Anton Marcus aboard he should doddle it, being 4kg better off with the second best weighted horse Hero’s Honour. Tierra Del Fuego goes in off a hattrick and this progressive sort looks to be the biggest danger. Lake Kinnaret was well beaten by Tierra Del Fuego in yielding going over 1400m but he had a shoe attended to at the start and it was likely not his race. He has the ability to be runner up here too over a suitable trip, although the forecast rain might suit Tierra Del Fuego better.
The best bet on the card looks to be Spanish Boy in the eighth race over 1160m. He lost a lot of ground at the start on debut over 1200m but stormed home to win by half-a-length full of running. Last time out he faced a classy field over 1450m and was well beaten but he will appreciate the step back to this trip and looks to be leniently merit rated on 82, if the ten point across the board raise in August is taken into account. Winter Twilight could represent good place value in this race as this long-striding sort showed improvement last time out and on the formlines of that race he comes out well against a number of the other contestants here. He also has a high draw which appears to be an advantage presently. The Sands also has a nice high draw and on his day this Visionaire gelding could earn.
The first leg of the PA is an 800m contest for juveniles. The Johan Janse van Vuuren pair Galactico and Emerald Floe make appeal in that order. The former is speedily and precociously bred being by Kingsbarns, a Group 1 winner as a two-year-old, out of Solskjaer mare Winter Star, who was twice an impressive winner as a two-year-old in sprints and later won the Ready To Run Cup. Emerald Floe is by Oratorio out of Grade 1 Cape Fillies Guineas winner Emerald Beauty, who has produced a number of multiple winners. Ashley Fortune’s Tsitsikamma Girl is speedily bred being by champion sprinter Captain Of All out of Var mare Maties Wildekat, who won on debut over 1000m at Kenilworth in the October of her three-year-old year and she was later runner up in a Listed race over 1000m at Fairview.
In the first leg of the Pick 6 Tilmeeth is still immature so has plenty of scope for improvement and after running on well over 1400m last time out for second he should relish this step up in trip. Anton Marcus rides. Tobefair has run well in his last two races over this trip, including when leading last time. He is well drawn so could lead again and as one who really digs his toe in he will appreciate rain softened ground. Banha Ridge has run two fair races and from a good draw with Gavin Lerena up he is also worth including.
In the second leg of the Pick 6 Nimitz, a Captain Al gelding who is a half-brother to Soft Falling Rain, could beat an uninspiring field. He is nowhere near as good as his half-brother but is well drawn with Anton Marcus up and should be running on as usual. General Jackson has not made the frame in two starts but faced fair sorts and he could earn. Lynty’s Legacy has also shown enough ability to be able to win this race.
The sixth race over 1400m is a tricky handicap and could be an exotics stumbling block. Private Ruler is the selection as one who has won over course and distance and is capable of a strong finish. Lasair showed signs of improvement last time and is interesting with cheekpieces on over a shorter trip. Movie Magic is distance suited and has eyecatching form but he has a wide draw to overcome. Prix Eclips has shown glimpses of ability but he is 1kg under sufferance here. Street Flyer is an eight-year-old but is still competitive.
In the seventh over 1160m State Trooper make plenty of appeal. He has a win and a third over this course and distance and has proved to be competitively handicapped at present. Purple Diamond is enigmatic but has been quite consistent lately and he certainly has the ability to win over this course and distance. Old Man Tyme is 1,5kg better off with State Trooper for a 1,75 length beating and last time over 1450m he ran well with first-time blinkers on, so they could make all the difference here and he has Piere Strydom aboard.
By David Thiselton