The Turffontein Inside track stages a nine race meeting tomorrow and the exotics look the way to play it.
In the first leg of the PA over 1450m Readysetglo was staying on well over 1500m last time for an improved performance and she has another plum draw. She is by the under rated sire Traffic Guard whose progeny improve over time so she should be coming into her own. Gallic Princess stayed on well over 1400m on the standside course last time when jumping from a tricky draw and is now well drawn in her third career start. She can improve further and those two should get punters through.
In the first leg of the Pick 6 over 2000m Maroon Bells is knocking on the door and just failed when charging late over 1800m last time. He does have a wide draw to overcome now and hasn’t raced for 93 days, but he should relish this trip and can run on again. Dry Your Eyes looks to be ideally distance suited and is well drawn so has a chance and Gold Griffin can go close if reproducing his last run over this trip, although he has a tough draw. Vetri Vel was beaten three lengths by Maroon Bells the last time they met over 1800m but he comes off a good race over 2400m and looks to be improving. Byron Bay is well drawn and enjoys this trip.
In the first leg of the Jackpot over 1200m Starlighttemptress can be just as effective over this trip as she was last time when winning over 1450m as long as she can get to the front from her good draw. Walnut Dash comes out strongly on formlines and Hartleyfive is interesting over this step up in trip, which could stretch her, as she has pole position and Gavin Lerena has stayed aboard.
In the sixth over 1200m Captain’s Alpha goes for a course and distance hattrick and can do it from a good draw as she has turned the corner with blinkers, is well drawn and is only two points higher in the merit ratings. Purple Diamond won a Grade2 over this trip as a two-year-old and off just a 73 merit rating can go close from a good draw. Brigtnumberten might lead from his wide draw and has a form chance.
In the seventh over 1800m, The Makwakkers stayed on well over 1450m last time and will relish this trip on pedigree. March To Glory is doing well for his new yard and should enjoy this trip. Chevron looks progressive, Electromagnetic should be involved from a plum draw and Theravada has a shout in a weaker field than last time.
In the eighth over 2000m, Vijeta has ability but usually loses ground at the start. If jumping on terms she is the one to beat but Pomander, Extravert and Await The Sunset can also be included. Long-time maiden Favourite Model also has a shout from a good draw.
The last race over 2000m can be fought out by Elusive Butterfly, Hareer, Angelic Appeal, Rabia The Rebel, Pilgrim’s Progress and Illuminate as all have form to recommend them.
By David Thiselton