Sexy Cinderella can give a fairy-tale ending

PUBLISHED: 05 February 2020

The Vaal Classic track hosts an eight race meeting tomorrow and there look to be a few opportunities for punters.

There is some slight rain forecast on the day.

In the first, a workrider’s event over 1 000m, Sexy Cinderella has improved with blinkers and never really had a clear run last time.

She now has Chamu Mabaya up and can go close.

Exultant improved last time when beating Sexy Cinderella narrowly and has Sam Mosia aboard.

Single Red Rose has plenty of pace and benefited from the removal of the blinkers last time, beating both of the first two selections, and she will attempt to give Kelly Fisher her first win in her 21st ride. Cappadocia is improving and is interesting with blinkers now on.

Sam Mosia
Sam Mosia

If starting better than last time she should be thereabouts.

Samoa has shown some early pace over 1 200m and finished second in her only start over this trip so is a contender.

In the second over 1 000m Blow Me Down has been catching the eye running on well over this trip and looks the one to beat. However, Soul Connection has been close up in his last two including finishing just two lengths behind the promising Captain Hindsight over this trip in his penultimate start so it would be no surprise to see him delivering.

Var Aglow ran a fair race on debut over this trip and after being a touch unlucky over 1 400m with Gavin Lerena up is back to this trip with Lerena staying aboard.

In the third over 1 450m Creation strikes as one with a touch of class and he now looks cherry ripe to deliver having had three runs after a layoff and gelding.

It is an uninspiring field so he has a fine chance if S’Manga Khumalo is able to overcome a wide draw.  Untamed Tiger has improved with blinkers and is now knocking on the door so can go close from a fair draw of eight. Eppagilia is capable of running on and might need to from a wide draw.

In the fourth race over 1 450m Cotopaxi is knocking in the door and is ideally distance suited.  She is drawn wide but is capable of a strong finish.

Daphne Du Maurier can also be a threat as she is a scopey sort who will relish the step up in trip after plugging on over 1200m on debut.

 In the next race, a MR 88 Handicap over 1 450m, Rooi Tom has faced some of the best of his crop without being disgraced. After winning a handicap in his penultimate start he was raised four points to a 93 and then went close to the promising Dual At Dawn over 1 600m.

He has a fair draw of six with the leading apprentice Dennis Schwarz up so should go close.

Rivonia Boulevard had shown promise as a young three-year-old but then had to have a layoff of over a year for injury.

He made a satisfactory comeback recently over the too sharp 1200m and is now drawn in pole over a much more suitable trip.

Hertog is by Duke Of Marmalade so should be improving all the time and is 2kg better off with Rooi Tom for a 2,25 length beating over 1 400m.

He should not be far off on that bit of form and he has a plum draw of two. Lazarus Tree is a talented individual but needs things to go his way.

He was beaten just a long-head by Rooi Tom last time and is 1,5kg better off, which gives him a fine chance on paper.

However, he had a plum draw last time and now has a tricky draw.

Palace Assembly won well last time over 1 160m when coming from off the pace so is interesting tried over further. In the sixth over 1 000m Captain Hindsight did well first time out the maidens over this trip, producing a late surge to lose by a head. He is the one to beat.

Touch Of Fate was most disappointing in the aforementioned race and was beaten 7,40 lengths by Captain Hindsight. However, that was not his race and he proved it next time when showing place and being caught late over 1 200m. Pillaroftheearth has been knocking on the door and has Gavin Lerena up. Sullenberger can’t be ignored as he has won over this course and distance and has Warren Kennedy up. Pearl Of Siberia, Gemcutter and Anatolio could also earn.

In the seventh over 2 000m Last Of The Legend has been disappointing as he had struck as one with some class but he should enjoy the step back up in trip and he is well weighted and well drawn. Western Fort is an up and coming three-year-old who can continue to progress and he would not be a surprise winner at all from a fair draw with Kennedy up.

He won easily over this trip last time in just his third career start.

At Hand, Christopher Robin and Diorama could all earn in this race over a suitable trip.

In the last race, an uninspiring maiden over 1 800m, Rock You is knocking on the door and being by Judpot should enjoy the step up to 1 800m.

Ocean Forest is by Duke Of Marmalade so should be improving and should enjoy the step up in trip after two fair efforts over 1 600m.

Dance Class ran a fair race over 1 400m last time and is interesting with Gavin Lerena up over this step up in trip, although she does have a wide draw to overcome.

By David Thiselton