Viper Jet to take flight

PUBLISHED: 31 January 2020

Turffontein Inside has a nine race meeting on Sun Met day tomorrow and there look to be some fair opportunities for punters, although this course can spring some upset results so caution is also necessary.

Viper Jet should win the first race, a workriders maiden over 1450m, despite jumping from a wide draw. He finished fifth in the Listed Secretariat Stakes over 1400m and has finished close up in other starts to the like of Marshall, Riverstown, Mohican and Solarize. 

diego de gouveia
Diego de Gouveia

In the second race Sultanah is a scopey sort who ran on strongly last time over 1600m for a close second. That was only her second start for the in-form Candice Dawson yard, so she can improve further and has a good draw. Milford Sound has been knocking on the door and should give a good account of herself. 

The third over 1800m is an uninspiring event and Dawson could clinch a quick double as Master Supreme is a stand out on form, having finished a close fifth to the promising Dual At Dawn over 1400m on debut. The form has been franked and on pedigree and running style he looks likely to enjoy the step up in trip, although the high draw is a bit of a concern. Turf Master is ideally drawn to fulfil his favourite front running style and could place in this field.

The fourth is a MR 112 handicap and the small field and good draw should suit the front-running Seattle Force perfectly unless Duke Of Spin takes him on in front with first-time blinkers on. Divine Odyssey, who is capable of a strong finish, should be close to his peak and is the main danger along with Duke Of Spin.

In the fifth Heart Stwings has always struck as decent and has a plum draw over an ideal 2000m distance. Rabia The Rebel and Pretty Ballerina look the chief dangers. However, those who are not going to banker Heart Stwings can also include Jive Express and Wild Thoughts.

In the sixth over 1000m Arikel loves this course and distance, where she has two wins, a second, a third and a fourth in five starts. She has a fair draw with a 2,5kg claimer up and can beat Mademoiselle and Eskimo Kisses. Winter Watch and Ocean City also warrant respect.

In the seventh over 1450m, a classy three-year-old handicap, Ivalo’s Prince has stuck as decent and could rise above his current merit rating so is the selection. Marshall is held in high esteem but has to bounce back from a disappointing race as favourite for the Dingaans where he was not striding out. Your Pace Or Mine can improve.

In the eighth over 1450m Written In Stone has fair pace and always finds a good finish, although he tends to run on too late so is difficult to win with. He is made a PA banker but for the Pick 6 and Jackpot a few others must be included.

In the last over 1450m Gold Rock is improving and starts handicapping off a reasonable merit rating. What A Story and Tombola make most appeal of the rest.

By David Thiselton

Image: Diego de Gouveia is aboard Seattle Force in race four at Turffontein tomorrow.