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Tuesday, 21 January

VAAL


Race 1, Gallops, 1400m, Turf, R90.000, 12:25GMT+2

Race Summary: Full field and the draw needs to watched for later events. TWICE THE SURGE found support at long odds on debut and ran on smartly. He will come on and should confirm with GOLD ROCK who wasn't far behind. JACKPOT JEWEL has been running close up and could keep OPENING GAMBIT at bay on form. LATEST CRAZE, CURIOUS and SEMPER FI are running well and have serious money claims.

Selections:
#16 Twice The Surge, #1 Jackpot Jewel, #4 Latest Craze, #5 Semper Fi

Race 2, Gallops, 1400m, Turf, R90.000, 13:00GMT+2

Race Summary: PEACEONTHEROCKS is ready to strike. THEATRE OF DREAMS was backed in her 2nd start but showed inexperience - she should be thereabouts. Both the above have inside draws - check the previous race results. MACULATE should find this trip to her liking. ELLA BEAN finished strongly in her 2nd start and is looking for more improvement. VARNICA choked up last time and could feature.

Selections:
#6 Peaceontherocks, #16 Theatre Of Dreams, #15 Maculate, #14 Ella Bean

Race 3, Gallops, 1400m, Turf, R90.000, 13:35GMT+2

Race Summary: This is not a strong field and many are looking to improve. COTOPAXI needed her last run, where she stayed on nicely to take 3rd place. She should be in the shake-up. EMERALD CREST is improving with racing and should be in the fight for honours. LORALEI never recovered from a bump on debut and will come on. GET SET, BELLE VIEW and OLYMPIC DESTINY could place.

Selections:
#6 Emerald Crest, #7 Cotopaxi, #15 Loralei, #16 Olympic Destiny

Race 4, Gallops, 1600m, Turf, R100.000, 14:10GMT+2

Race Summary: Stable companions HERTOG and ROOI TOM race before this and either could win this if take their places - watch. STORMY WINTER is highly thought of and if settles could go in. DUAL AT DAWN has scope and could take revenge over STONE JUDGEMENT. He is coupled with only filly TRAPICHE who is no slouch. YOUR PACE OR MINE and AUGUST RAIN can improve more.

Selections:
#2 Rooi Tom, #1 Hertog, #3 Stormy Winter, #7 Dual At Dawn

Race 5, Gallops, 1100m, Turf, R100.000, 14:45GMT+2

Race Summary: ODEN has proved his class but gives start and was not striding out last time. If problem free could resume winning ways. SULLENBERGER beat ILLUSION by 1,75 lengths last time but it could go either way here on 2kg difference. BATTLE CREEK is as honest as the come and is coupled with MOON WARRIOR who has a shout. PRINCE OF VENICE has won all 3 at KZN. Others could feature.

Selections:
#3 Oden, #5 Illusion, #9 Sullenberger, #1 Battle Creek

Race 6, Gallops, 1800m, Turf, R120.000, 15:20GMT+2

Race Summary: RETURN FLIGHT races best up front but will have to fight SEVILLE ORANGE for that privilege. Either could keep going but a fast pace will suit FLICHITY BY FARR who can accelerate smartly in the closing stages. The one they  all have to beat is JET START who has been kept on the boil and is out to claim a hat-trick. PRETTY BORDER will appreciate the drop in distance - respect.

Selections:
#2 Jet Start, #1 Return Flight, #5 Pretty Border, #4 Flichity By Farr

Race 7, Gallops, 1800m, Turf, R90.000, 15:55GMT+2

Race Summary: OUR MAN IN HAVANA sported blinkers for the first time when easily beating CHRISTOPHER ROBIN when opening his account. The latter won 2 subsequently and franked the form. Inmates, AT HAND and ROCKY PATH could earn. TOP RANK is running well and could feature. Stable mate THERAVADA needed his last run. WAR LEGEND, AFRICAN ADVENTURE - wide draws to overcome. Open.

Selections:
#13 Our Man In Havana, #12 Christopher Robin, #15 Top Rank, #6 Rocky Path

Race 8, Gallops, 1400m, Turf, R100.000, 16:35GMT+2

Race Summary: SCENT OF EVENING found true form and could go in again. FLYING HIGH needed her last outing and should be thereabouts. GALLIC PRINCESS finds problems but should give a good account of herself. ANNE BOLEYN is improving with racing and warrants respect. RIO'S WINTER should be cherry-ripe and could get into the action. TOO PHAT TO FLY did well in her first Gauteng run.

Selections:
#4 Scent Of Evening, #5 Flying High, #9 Gallic Princess, #13 Anne Boleyn

Race 9, Gallops, 1400m, Turf, R75.000, 17:10GMT+2

Race Summary: KAPAMA has done a lot of racing recently and runs before this again - watch. TAHITIAN ORANA has scope for improvement and could hold off FLAMING DUCHESS as well as FOOTSTEPSINTHERAIN but it could get close all round. LADY LEXINGTON should be dangerous but needs to keep galloping. MIDNIGHT TOP finds problems but shouldn't be far off. Others could pop up.

Selections:
#3 Kapama, #4 Tahitian Orana, #12 Midnight Top, #8 Lady Lexington

Best Win: #16 TWICE THE SURGE                    
Best Value Bet: #4 SCENT OF EVENING                    
Best Longshot: #4 SCENT OF EVENING                    


 
 

Wednesday, 22 January

FAIRVIEW


 Race 1, Gallops, 1600m, Poly, R60.000, 12:25GMT+2

Race Summary: Hard race to assess as more than half of these have prior engagements and aren't sure to take their place in this. Of those, GINA'S GIRL makes most appeal on exposed form and will be hard to beat if lining up against these. ROYAL SPLURGE has recently relocated to these parts from KZN and could improve to feature. ALEGRA was fancied on debut and must also be respected.

Selections:
#5 Gina's Girl, #7 Royal Splurge, #6 First Charm, #9 Alegra

 Race 2, Gallops, 1000m, Poly, R60.000, 13:00GMT+2

Race Summary: The Kaknis yard dominates this modest contest with 4 of the 7 runners. RUSALKA and stable companion SCOLDING have run their best races over this trip and on that evidence must be included. POLLYMAINA produced her best effort over track and trip so is another to consider. TIME FOR LAUNCH showed pace last time and could get away. None of these going to Hollywood!

Selections:
#6 Pollymania, #4 Rusalka, #2 Time For Launch, #5 Scolding

 Race 3, Gallops, 1400m, Poly, R60.000, 13:35GMT+2

Race Summary: MARK THE DOORMAN has been threatening to leave the maiden ranks and need only overcome his wide draw to belatedly shed his maiden tag. WHAT A PRINCE also has a wide starting berth to negotiate and is closely matched with that rival, so could have a say in the outcome. FORBIDDEN AFFAIR is drawn in pole and will be competitive reverting to this surface. CIDER is worth a mention

Selections:
#1 Mark The Doorman, #5 What A Prince, #4 Forbidden Affair, #11 Cider

 Race 4, Gallops, 2000m, Poly, R50.000, 14:10GMT+2

Race Summary: Open. FIERY FORT has come well in these parts since moving from Cape Town. He trotted up last time and KING CAPONE has franked that form by winning since. Consistent GIACOMO could improve trying this trip so must be included in bets. NINJINSKY'S SON has gone close in his last two starts and is another to consider. THE GOON SHOW, AWAKENING and OMAHA TRIBE could also feature.

Selections:
#2 Fiery Fort, #3 Giacomo, #6 Ninjinsky's Son, #8 Awakening

 Race 5, Gallops, 1900m, Poly, R50.000, 14:50GMT+2

Race Summary: Good race. WYLIE'S FLAME is unbeaten over the track and trip. She is 1kg worse off with course-and-distance specialist CLOSE TO MY HEART for 1,25 lengths but is progressive and should confirm if making further improvement. The latter beat ROCK STARDOM, ELUSIVE FOUNTAIN, HOPEFUL and NEVERTHELESS last time out and can confirm despite the weight turnaround with those rivals.

Selections:
#2 Wylie's Flame, #1 Close To My Heart, #7 Elusive Fountain, #5 Rock Stardom

 Race 6, Gallops, 1000m, Poly, R50.000, 15:25GMT+2

Race Summary: A race the fillies could dominate. Course-and-distance specialist SEATTLE MERMAID has won her last two starts, both over this track and trip, including a similar contest in her most recent outing. FURLA chased her home on thatoccasion and is likely to pose a threat once more. YODALICIOUS has also been  beaten by the selection recently but is weighted to turn the tables.

Selections:
#2 Seattle Mermaid, #5 Yodalicious, #11 Furla, #8 The Greek Soldier

 Race 7, Gallops, 1300m, Poly, R65.000, 16:00GMT+2

Race Summary: Course-and-distance BELIEVETHISBEAUTY bit off more than she can chew in a far stronger race last time but deserved a shot at that level given her prior form. She's prolific over this track and trip, proven in this grade and drawn well in gate No 3, so there's a lot to like about her chances. SAIL SMARTLY won well on local debut and with improvement should pose a threat.

Selections:
#2 Believethisbeauty, #1 Pick Again, #3 Sail Smartly, #5 Okavango Delta

 Race 8, Gallops, 1400m, Poly, R45.000, 16:35GMT+2

Race Summary: Open. CALANDRA took time to win her maiden but is maturing and is likely tobe competitive on handicap debut. Stable companion LADYSMITH is closely matched with NEVERLETUGO, both are capable but have wide draws to negotiate. MICROBE bounced back to form last time and could feature if confirming. VIVA LE BLEU is holding form and should go close from an inside gate. Watch MALINDA

Selections:
#5 Viva Le Bleu, #2 Calandra, #8 Microbe, #6 Malinda

Best Win: #2 BELIEVETHISBEAUTY                   
Best Value Bet:                                        
Best Longshot: #5 VIVA LE BLEU                        

 

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