Not an easy programme of nine races awaits us at Turffontein tomorrow where they will be on the inside track. Some punters say that the easier the card looks the harder it is to win and the tougher the card looks, the easier to pick winners and that is what is so good about differing opinions.
The Work riders open the meeting at 12.35pm where there are a few first timers so I suggest you keep a close eye on the betting. Of the ones that have raced, Secret Dream looks the one they all have to beat. What makes me that much more confident is that the Lucky Houdalakis yard has come good recently.
In the second, which opens the Bipot, the top selection is Precious Stone who debuted 35 days ago and caught the eye. He kicked on well to finish just four lengths off Marshall whose all-round form line is starting to take shape. With natural improvement, Precious Stone could prove a hard horse to peg back. G I Joe looks the main danger and the interesting runner in the race is Zaahed. He returns from a long rest but has shown nothing in his two races thus far. He could be the huge improver!
In the next race, Mike De Kock sends a beautifully bred, expensive son of Captain Al to the start called Tilmeeth. He gets the services of Callan Murray and they are going the mile on debut. He could be absolutely anything and another good one for Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid al Maktoum.
The first leg of the Pick 6 does not look easy although Flagship Fund makes her stable debut and could be the right one. Tulip Way improved in her second run but has not been seen for 149 days. She can go close to winning if not in need of this outing. Invisible from the Tarry yard is another returning from a rest but can improve on her bad second start. Her debut was hugely encouraging!
The fifth race, I am fairly bullish about Category Four’s chances as he was really running on well last time. He just ran out of race track nine days ago and would be deserving to record another career win. Stunning from the Robbie Sage yard in the sixth may to be hard to beat simply because she probably has the most scope to improve out of the field of eight. Miss Cap Mala and Irish Dame could be value selections for your exactas.
Ikigai takes his place in the seventh and could remain unbeaten. He was heavily backed on debut and his supporters were never in doubt as he won easily. Dangers could be Astrix and Mawsool. The last two races on the card look tough so I suggest you try and include as many in the exotics as your budget will allow.
By Warren Lenferna
Image: Raymond Danielson rides OVER THE LIMIT for Sean Tarry in the eighth at Turffontein tomorrow. (Candiese Marnewick)