Scottsville Sunday April 30 and Monday May 1 tips and suggested bets
PUBLISHED: April 29, 2017
Scottsville Sunday April 30 tips and race previews by Andrew Harrison…
Scottsville Sunday April 30 tips and race previews by Andrew Harrison
Preview: Mostly first timers but PROCAL HARUM made a smart debut against winners in soft ground. That was a big effort and it should take a good one to beat him. NORTHERN REBEL was close-up in a feature last time out and has put in two good efforts to date. He looks the biggest threat to the selection. JALS TIGER found some market support on debut and was not too far back. He is sure to come on from that. Watch the betting on the rest. (Andrew Harrison: 11-9-6-1).
Preview: Wide open. PUTCHINI surprised in the first leg of the KZN Series and will be all-out to land the second leg to stay in with a chance of the bonus. However, he faces a number of runners who will be better suited to this trip. KAHULA started favourite in her first leg race but the 1200m was well short of her best and she should do better over this trip. THE POET has smart form over course and distance and with a good draw should make his presence felt. FIRE THE ROCKET seldom runs a bad race and goes well over the trip. REACTIVE was a close-up second to Putchini and is another who will prefer this trip although he has a tricky draw to overcome. (Andrew Harrison: 2-6-3-7)
Preview: ROYAL AGREE won the first leg of the challenge quite easily and if anything meets a slightly weaker field here. She has a wide draw but looks capable of going in again. BRAVE AND BOLD is holding form well and was a good second to Royal Agree last time out. She will enjoy the extra and should be a threat again. ROY’S TAXI was never in the hunt over shorter last run but has god form this course and distance and is sure to improve on that last effort. CIPHER put up a good sprint last start and will much prefer the extra and is another for the short list. (Andrew Harrison: 3-1-2-7).
Preview: Wide open. SEARCH PARTY caught the eye behind London Call over course and distance in soft ground and is likely to come on from that effort. Anton Marcus has deserted Top Form to partner ATTENOBOUGH even though he puts up over-weight. The gelding has some useful Cape form and should be a big contender. RODNEY put in a fair effort behind Top Form on the Greyville poly in his local debut and is now 3kg better off. With a light weight here he must come into the reckoning. RED CHESTNUT ROAD has his problems but is smart on his day. If he brings his A game he could prove difficult to beat. (Andrew Harrison: 3-8-16-6).
Preview: An ideal warm-up for the Gr1 Allan Robertson but tricky. MAID IN HOLLYWOOD was a touch disappointing last run when lacking extra late but winner Dutch Phillip looks more than useful so she may be worth another chance. GREAT AIM was ignored in the betting on debut but won well. That form has since been franked and she could be anything. GOLD IMAGE took on a strong feature field at her second start when starting favourite. She can improve on that showing. AWESOMENESS won well on the course first up and is not up from Cape Town for nothing. (Andrew Harrison: 6-1-2-3).
Preview: VARALLO has won both starts in good fashion starting favourite on both occasions. He looks to be something special. AUTUMN IN SEATTLE has good form on the course and was just beaten by the weight last start. He should go well again. MUJALLAD seems much better than his last start is likely to make good improvement. Maiden WOLJAYRINE could be the surprise package. He made a promising debut in the race won by Sniper Shot with Sir Frenchie third. He has a 4kg pull in the weights with improvement to come. (Andrew Harrison: 4-2-6-8).
Preview: Top class field of fillies and mares in what is an important warm-up for the City of Pietermaritzburg Fillies Sprint. LIVE LIFE has followed up her surprise Sceptre Stakes victory with two more visits to the winner’s enclosure and if she handles the tricky Scottsville track will be in warm order. CAPTAIN’S FLAME has shown her best recent form over a touch further but the tough Scottsville straight should suit. THE SECRET IS OUT has had he problems but this will be her third run after a break and she has won over course and distance. REAL PRINCESS is also a Gr1 winner on this course but needs to do better than her recent form. OUR DESTINY is capable and put up a promising effort last time out. (Andrew Harrison 5-4-3-9).
Preview: CAPE FLING is likely to start at cramped odds here after two good efforts against promising opposition. The extra should suit. SABRE CHARGE looks promising but does seem best over further. His last run is best ignored. OLYMPIC POWER has been a little disappointing but is coming down in the ratings again and could be competitive. ROYAL ZULU GUARD is getting long in the tooth but has been consistent of late and should feature in this company. (Andrew Harrison: 2-1-5-8)
Preview: SEATTLE SPELL disappointed when favourite last start. The blinkers go on and he is up in trip which could see him home in a weak maiden. SPUN OUT showed signs of coming to hand and with Delpech up he could surprise. TOA NUI enjoyed the extra last start and can finish in the money again along with MYTHICAL RULE who showed some improvement with the blinkers off. (Andrew Harrison: 2-7-3-1).
Preview: Tricky. HIGH ALTAR nearly upset when making a smart debut. The extra should suit and she can go one better. BURNT CHERRY disappointed on the poly last run but her best recent form has been on the turf. UNDER THE ROSE is way better than her last start but her best form has been on the poly. VICTORY CROSS has her third run after a break and is the mount of the stable jockey. (Andrew Harrison: 12-1-4-2)
Turffontein Monday May 1 tips and suggested bets by David Thiselton
R1 (1) Flying Free (2) Ghost Rider (3) Highland Hero
R2 (8) Wonderous Climber (7) Loyal Lieutenant (5) Hello
R3 (8) Splashy (2) Atomic Belle (3) Great Sound
R4 (5) Walker (6) Royal Pursuit (2) Dusk
R5 (5) Yes Dear (2) Eversilver (1) Advance To Go
R6 (6) Simply Royal (2) Shatoosh (1) Samarra
R7 (6) Zappy Choice (4) Seeking Venus (5) Miss Wales
R8 (7) Raydaveric (5) Copper Pot (2) Silver Scooter
R9 (6) Time To Be Great (4) Snow In Seattle (1) Tell My Star
Leg 1: 8 x 2 x 3 x 1
Leg 2: 5
Leg 3: 5 x 2 x 1
Leg 4: 6 x 2
Leg 5: 6 x 4 x 5
Leg 6: 7 x 5 x 2
Leg 7: 6
PICK 6 (R288)
Leg 1: 5
Leg 2: 5 x 2 x 1 x 7 x 3 x 6
Leg 3: 6 x 2
Leg 4: 6 x 4 x 5 x 3
Leg 5: 7 x 5 x 2 x 1 x 6 x 4
Leg 6: 6
Leg 1: 5 x 2 x 1 x 7 x 3 x 6
Leg 2: 6 x 2
Leg 3: 6 x 4 x 5 x 3
Leg 4: 7 x 5 x 2 x 1 x 6 x 4
Race 4: 5
Race 9: 6
Turffontein and Kenilworth Saturday tips and suggested bets
PUBLISHED: April 28, 2017
Turffontein and Kenilworth Saturday Apr 29 tips and suggested bets by David Thiselton and Warren Lenferna…
Turffontein Sat Apr 29 tips and suggested bets by David Thiselton
R1 (1) Alraune (7) Scarlet Ruby (2) Azkur
R2 (8) Vortex Star (1) Ali Bon Dubai (2) Student Grant
R3 (10) Twice A Dancer (8) Pillaroftheearth (5) Pretty Wendy
R4 (8) Only To Win (1) Boudica (2) A-Rod
R5 (8) Front Club (4) Generoso (3) Eversilver
R6 (4) Consequentially (1) Snowdonia (3) Russian Star
R7 (5) Zouaves (2) Silver Sails (1) Raasmaal
R8 (8) Alileo (2) Lumya (1) Easy Game
R9 (1) Beckoning (5) Ponchielli (11) Allora
Leg 1: 10
Leg 2: 8
Leg 3: 8 x 4 x 3
Leg 4: 4
Leg 5: 5 x 2 x 1
Leg 6: 8 x 2 x 1
Leg 7: 1 x 5 x 11 x 3 x 2 x 7
PICK 6 (R2592)
Leg 1: 8.1
Leg 2: 8 x 4 x 3 x 2 x 1 x 5
Leg 3: 4 x 1
Leg 4: 5 x 2 x 1 x 3 x 6 x 4
Leg 5: 8 x 2 x 1 x 3 x 6 x 5
Leg 6: 1 x 5 x 11 x 3 x 2 x 7
Leg 1: 8 x 4 x 3 x 2 x 1 x 5
Leg 2: 4 x 1 x 3 x 2
Leg 3: 5 x 2 x 1 x 3 x 6 x 4
Leg 4: 8 x 2 x 1 x 3 x 6 x 5
Race 3: 10
Race 9: 3
Kenilworth Sat Apr 29 tips and race previews by Warren Lenferna
Preview: ICE QUEEN made a fair debut and has tons of scope to improve from that effort. Anton Marcus is in town and the fact that he gets the ride speaks volumes albeit he is retained by the owners. This daughter of Var can improve to be very competitive. Unraced stable mate CLEAR WINTER DAY gets the services of Piere Strydom and this is worth taking note of – keep an eye on the betting and the trainers comments. LACERTA ran well last time and based on that has to be factored into the quartet. (Warren Lenferna 3-1-4)
Preview: FRESNAYE is very well bred and made an eye catching debut – she finished third just over a length behind Emerald Gal. She should have come on from that run and with natural improvement might be a very hard horse to beat. She is tipped with confidence. DELIA’S DELIGHT showed encouraging improvement from run one to run two and if she keeps on coming along the right way as she is, should be right there at the finish once again. MERYSAGOS should do well over the 1400m trip and is one to definitely include in the quartet. My first three selections are all trying the extra distance for the first time and all should relish it – the first pick has luckily drawn the best – hard to beat. (Warren Lenferna 2-1-4)
Preview: LOVE TRIANGLE showed improvement last time and probably has more to offer – strong chance. PROUD DYNASTY can improve a lot from his fair debut run. TRIPPLE EXPLOSION placed at long odds last time and will need to confirm that sudden improvement. DARK CHESTNUT is seldom far off and could lurk into the quartet. DESIGNER POT has a say if he reproduces his penultimate run – not too sure what happened last time. MINI LOUSHE showed big signs of winning then seemed to go off form, if he bounces back to very best, he can win. LEADMAN can start to show some signs of improvement and so can TOP GERE as his debut effort was not the worst. (Warren Lenferna 6-7-1)
Preview: I am going to give HERNANDO’S PROMISE another chance. He has been so consistent that he deserves to achieve his maiden win and this now looks the ideal race for him to do so! The trainer partnership of Riaan Van Reenen and Carl Burger hold a nice strong hand here with WOODLAND’S FOREST and BLIND SPOT. Woodland’s Forest is much better than his last run shows and Blind Spot ran well last time to suggest he has a big chance here. (Warren Lenferna 1-3-2)
Preview: ACACIAWOOD ran a cracker last time finishing a close up second behind Twinkle Toes and looks ready to now go one better. CAPTAIN’S DOVE is ultra consistent and comes into this race with serious each way claims. SILVER MOUNTAIN has been nominated for this year’s Vodacom Durban July and she is packed with class but will obviously find this distance way too short however I expect her to be running on powerfully at the business end of the race and able to run into the back end of the quartet. (Warren Lenferna 2-5-1)
Preview: This is a very, very competitive race so try and include as many in your pick six as your budget will allow! EXTRADITE ran close up behind Live Life last time and based on that and her overall form has to be given a winning chance. RED GRANITE has done very well since winning her maiden race and looks above average – she is another in with a big chance and gets the services of Piere Strydom. STEP OUT won well last time. There are many others in the race with good form and bright chances – very hard to pick an outright winner. (Warren Lenferna 3-8-14)
Preview: The Highlands Stud Winter Guineas (Grade 3) and what an exciting race it is sure to be as it is very competitive. NEWLANDS has a wide draw to deal with but if he is able to do that he should be in with a serious winning chance. His last two runs have been good in blinkers particularly the one where he ran a close up second to Horizon whom has since come to KZN and won. TURBULENT AIR last won over the mile which he gets today and his overall form is good and his chances looks very bright – Anton Marcus gets the ride for the Snaith team. OUR MATE ART has a wide draw to overcome but he normally flies home late in the race – he can place. (Warren Lenferna 1-5-4)
Preview: ICON KING has won his last three impressively and in his last start he beat Our Mate Art whom runs in the previous feature race. It is never easy going for four wins in a row but from a good draw he seems to have a very good chance of achieving it. He is the warm first choice. STREAK OF SILVER is running so very well and was denied victory in the shadow of the post last time – another bold effort can be expected from him today – if Icon King cannot manage four in a row, then Streak Of Silver looks to be the obvious one for the win. BARAK LAVAN and CABALLO BLANCO are musts for the quartet. CREAM SODA GREEN was not far off last time and is another worth considering for bigger quartet perms. (Warren Lenferna 1-3-5)
All eyes on ‘Dancer’
PUBLISHED: April 28, 2017
Twice A Dancer is an impressive specimen and he looks to be a banker….
There exotic races at the Turffontein Inside track on Saturday are generally competitive although there are possible bankers for the brave.
In the first leg of the PA two-year-old Twice A Dancer is an impressive specimen who can build on his eye catching debut as he is a robust sort who should have come on from the run, so he looks to be a banker. Another two-year-old Pillaroftheearth made a good debut and with Gavin Lerena up from a good draw should also go close. Pretty Wendy is by Dynasty and is a half-sister to Gr 1 SA Oaks winner Pine Princess, who won her first two starts over 1200m and 1000m respectively, so she is an interesting runner. Island View found support last time over 1450m and moved up well before finding little extra, so he might have needed it and might also appreciate the step down to 1200m. Artax made a fair debut in a strong field and is well draw.
In the third leg Front Club is three months younger than her contemporaries being Irish-bred so should be improving and on pedigree will relish the trip, being a half-sister to Gr 2 Gold Circle Oaks winner Front House. Generoso ran on well to beat Front Club last time over 1600m and is another to include alongside the consistent middle distance horse Eversilver. However, King’s Creek, Advance To Go and Musette must be considered for the Pick 6 and Jackpot.
In the next leg the well-bred Consequentially has risen through the ranks since blinkers were fitted, while Snowdonia has been acquitting herself well against stronger. For the Pick 6 and Jackpot the promising Cold Cash and the improving Russian Star can’t be ignored.
In the fifth leg of the PA Zouaves is selected to win as he produced a powerful finish from off the pace to win his maiden over course and distance and hasn’t been punished by the handicapper. However, Silver Sails is an exciting prospect and is also well drawn in his first run for the Joe Soma yard. Raasmaal, Bonnie Prince and Crazy Vision, and maybe even Tendre, have to be considered for Pick 6 and Jackpot bets too.
In the next leg the powerfully built and well bred Alileo is a banker consideration, but this is only her second start and beyond her Lumya, Easy Game, Lady Of The World, Heavy Metal and Favour’s Pride all look to have winning chances.
The last leg is tricky, but topweight Beckoning has dropped to a competitive mark and can be effective from a good draw. Ponchielli was a touch unlucky last time and so was Allora, who has dropped to an attractive merit rating. High Seas Beauty has ability but has to overcome a wide draw and Always A Lady and Queen’s Jet can also be involved.
By David Thiselton
‘Mate’ on the up
PUBLISHED: April 28, 2017
“He is the best horse in the race,” says Riaan van Reenen…
Our Mate Art can finally start realising his potential by winning the Highlands Stud Winter Guineas at Kenilworth tomorrow.
The highly regarded Australian-bred missed the rest of the Cape season after chipping a splint bone in the Selangor but returned after a 19 week lay-off to take second in a Pinnacle at the beginning of the month only to be seemingly stymied by a bad draw here.
But that all changed on Wednesday afternoon when Bernard Fayd’Herbe, as so often in the past, was first to spot that the ground on the stands side had become faster and he came home alone on the winner. In the next race they all swung wide at the turn.
If – as seems probable – conditions are much the same tomorrow Aldo Domeyer, successful on Marinaresco 12 months ago, won’t need a Marcus-type flying start to get into a decent position.
He could have most to fear from Elevated who is going to be a good price. He comes from one of the smaller yards and his recent form is positively discouraging. But he was a sick horse after the Derby and patently not ready last time. Nothing else here can match his fourth in the Cape Guineas.
“He is the best horse in the race,” says Riaan van Reenen, “and, while he is not 100%, he is very close to it – maybe 95 or 96% – and that could be enough.”
Newlands is best on ratings and Joey Ramsden is bidding for his third Winter Guineas in six seasons. The gelding has some useful form but not useful enough to jump out at you as the likely winner and the owner’s retained rider Anton Marcus is on Turbulent Air instead.
Marcus has won three of the last five Winter Guineas and his strike rate at Kenilworth this season is a barely credible 37%. In other words he has almost two winners from every five rides. Dare I say it, though, Turbulent Air looks more like one of the statistical three losers.
True, he was running for the first time for four months when only just behind Our Mate Art (who was giving 1.5kg) in the April 1 Pinnacle but he had been well beaten in races like the Langerman and the Cape Classic.
Stable companion African Night Sky has always looked a good horse in the making and, if that Pinnacle form is correct, he could get into the shake-up.
Piere Strydom is a high-profile booking for I Travel Light who finished a length in front of African Night Sky in the CTS Mile but was well beaten in the Cape Guineas. Victory for any of the other eight – Loadshedder included – would be a shock of seismic proportions.
Who will head the market is as difficult to predict as the winner but it’s important because the favourite has won five of the last six runnings. As regards the rest of the card, Fresnaye and Silver Mountain are stand-outs.
By Michael Clower
Ready for Champions Season opener
PUBLISHED: April 27, 2017
The South African Champions Season kicks-off on Sunday May 7 at Greyville …
South Africa’s Champions Season in KwaZulu-Natal will kick off in fine style at Greyville on Sunday, May 7, when some of the top horses in the country meet in the R500 000, Grade 2 Independent On Saturday Drill Hall Stakes over 1 400m.
The final field for the race and those for the R600 000, Grade 2 Daisy Guineas and the R500 000, Grade 2 Daisy Fillies Guineas have been announced and all three events include exciting runners from around the country.
The super stars Marinaresco, Captain America and Sail South, head the 14-horse field under weight-for-age conditions in the Independent On Saturday Drill Hall Stakes that traditionally opens the season and while they could well need the outing, they have the class to play major roles in the outcome.
The three followed the champion Legal Eagle home in the Grade 1 L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate at the beginning of the year and being from the top Cape stables, they are sure to be in very competitive form for this race.
Among the opposition are the likes of Champagne Haze, New Predator and Bulleting Home from Gauteng and the Cape four-year-old Black Arthur that was one of the country’s leading three-year-olds last season.
The Gauteng Guineas winner Janoobi heads the 12-horse field in the Daisy Guineas and meets the Investec Cape Derby runner-up Zodiac Ruler for the first time along with the exciting East Cape Guineas winner Gimme The Stars and the first two past the post in the Byerley Turk, Africa Rising and Copper Force.
Gimme Six, Final Judgement, Sail and Dawn Calling filled the first four places in the Umzimkhulu over 1 400m at Greyville a month ago and will renew their battle in the Daisy Fillies Guineas with the extra 200m adding a new dimension to their clash.
The three races promise very competitive and exciting battles to set the standard for a thrilling winter season.