The Vaal Classic track usually produces favourable results and punters can have a good day there tomorrow.
The best bet is chosen as Snorting Bull in the fifth race, a Middle Stakes event over 2400m, The fillies Western Dance, Factor Fifty and Parisienne Chic are all well weighted in this event and have to be respected. However, Snorting Bull was not at all disgraced last time when finishing six lengths behind the exciting prospect Al Mutawakel over 1600m. He should now be cherry ripe to return to his winning trip of 2400m. On that occasion he lost two lengths but won by 3,10 lengths without coming out of second gear and Gavin Lerena is an eyecatching booking. Snorting Bull is by the underrated sire Traffic Guard, whose progeny enjoy this sort of ground and continually improve. Kurt’s Approval is chose to finish second as he enjoys this course and distance and is drawn well with a 2,5kg claimer up.
The value bet is chosen to be Pink in the eighth race over 1500m. This Master Of My Fate filly has always struck as one with ability but has not enjoyed the best of luck. In her last two runs she has proven to be competitive off her current lowly mark of 62. She was unlucky in her penultimate start over this trip and has a chance to make amends here from a good draw under Craig Zackey, who is getting on well with her. Florida Quays is talented and will be a threat from pole position. However, her easy win last time was against a below par field and she now has to overcome a seven point merit rated raise. The hard-knocking Sammi Moosa is also in with a shout under Lyle Hewitson, although she does have a wide draw to overcome.
The meeting starts off with a good chance for El Patron in a 1000m Maiden Juvenile Plate. He has some pace and was not far behind a fair sort last time. Aristachus and the first-timer by Vercingetorix, Kwikstix, look to be the dangers.
Later in the first leg of the PA over 1600m Aziri Sun steps up to a more suitable trip of 1600m and if reproducing her best Cape Town form this Silvano filly should go close under Lyle Hewitson despite a wide draw. Charmz Luck is improving and is the back up from a good draw over a trip which should suit ideally.
The first leg of the Pick 6 has a banker possibility in Madida, but he does have a tough draw and beyond him Tunneloflove, Sell High, Eppagila and G I Joe have to be included.
In the second leg of the Jackpot many overlooked Lily Starlette last time and she was allowed to go off at 12/1 before winning in fine style. She had shown promise early in her career and the cornel collar worked in that last race so she can follow up despite being given a five point raise. Claremorris is off a competitive mark and should enjoy 1200m in the current fast conditions.
In the seventh race over 1500m Copenhagen goes for a hattrick having enjoyed the step up to this distance category. He is four points higher than his last win but won comfortably that day and has another good draw. The filly Promise beat the boys last time over 1450m and Warren Kennedy stays aboard so she could be a danger off a six point higher mark.
The last race is tricky. Tendre could be a value each way bet as he ran on well from last in his penultimate start and is now six points lower in the merit ratings. Chase Maujean suits horses who come from off the pace. However, the suggestion is to go as wide as possible in this race.
By David Thiselton