Magic School to cast a spell

PUBLISHED: 24 May 2019

Evening Bell (JC Photographics)

Turffontein Standside hosts a low key eight race meeting on Sunday, although there are some fair opportunities for both on-the-nose and exotic players.

In the first leg of the PA over 1160m Magic School has plenty of substance and caught the eye on debut. She over raced from a wide draw over the Turffontein Inside 1200m before being dropped out to last place and she then ran on strongly. She could reverse form with Flying High in this race down the straight and is made a PA banker.

Evening Bell (JC Photographics)
Evening Bell (JC Photographics)

In the first leg of the Pick 6 over 2000m, Duke Of Swing is the obvious choice as he should relish the step up in trip on pedigree and he is draw well in two. However, the concern is he took quite a strong held last time when wearing first time blinkers in a slight step up in trip to 1700m and he was not finding a lot at the finish. He will have to settle better in this race than he did then. Mr Cuddles is better than his last start and Humour Me has a chance from pole position. Those three can be included in the PA, but the suggestion is to go wide in the Pick 6.

In the first leg of the Jackpot over 2000m, Evening Bell is a nice looking daughter of Trippi and she has a good draw over a step up trip she should relish, being a half-sister to Grade 1 Daily News 2000 runner up Rake’s Chestnut. She was not disgraced last time in an Assessment Plate over 1600m against the like of the useful Bize so she looks competitively merit rated here off a 70. Big Myth ran well in her third run after a layoff over 1800m last time to win start to finish comfortably despite being 1,5kg under sufferance and with similar tactics she could go close despite an eight point merit rated raise as she has placed off higher marks before. There are plenty of others who have shouts in this competitive race but a chance is taken in making Evening Bell a PA banker and just having the two horses in the Jackpot and Pick 6.

In the fifth over 2400m Hit For Six looks an out and out stayer and nothing went right for him last time over this trip. The run can be ignored and the pilot who won well in the maidens on him, Randall Simons, is back aboard from a good draw. Horace is likely running off a capped merit rating as he cruised in by 6,50 lengths last time, beating Hit For Six by 10,75 lengths, and he must be included in everything despite having to carry a welter 62kg.

In the next race over 1400m Al Mutakawel, a full-brother to Grade 1 SA Derby winner and VDJ runner up Al Sahem, will appreciate further in time but having won well on debut over 1200m he is the one to beat in this step up in trip from a good draw. He can rise above his 72 merit rating and sneaks into the handicap with the minimum weight. Lake Kinneret has found his right trip and has come into his own so can also be included in all bets. 

The seventh is a competitive fillies and mares handicap over 1400m. Hafla should be cherry ripe and is ideally course and distance suited and she can beat the hard-knocking Gimme Hope Johanna, although for Pick 6 purposes every horse bar Mwelase has a chance.

The last race over 1600m is also competitive and although Top Rank, Skiminac and Mutrib are the top three choices, going as wide as possible is the advice.

By David Thiselton