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Saturday, 25 May

SCOTTSVILLE



Race 1, Gallops, 1600m, Turf, R107.250, 12:00GMT+2

Race Summary: Grade 1 speed day at Scottsville, expect big pools and payouts. STAGE DANCE won a nice race at testing Turffontein second time out and is obviously progressive. Expect another big run. SHIVERS enjoyed herself upfront when tried round the bend as well. She should make a big race of it. ANIKA THE ANGEL races after rest and jumps from a decent draw - can earn.

Selections:
#2 Stage Dance, #1 Shivers, #3 Anika The Angel, #7 Provoking

Race 2, Gallops, 1600m, Turf, R105.000, 12:30GMT+2

Race Summary: Well bred SOVEREIGN SPIRIT looked to have needed it in his first try at this venue last time. Goes further now and jumps from a good draw so should have every chance. ASTRAL FLIGHT got caught in the latter stages last time and will be out to make all the running so looks a big threat. OPENSEA has been gelded and if not needing it can feature. THE SOLUTION has a shout.

Selections:
#13 Sovereign Spirit, #1 Astral Flight, #2 Opensea, #3 Mana Santana

Race 3, Gallops, 1600m, Turf, R88.000, 13:00GMT+2

Race Summary: MR FITZ showed a bit of class in winning his first try in the handicaps just after winning his maiden. Can complete a hat trick of wins. G G'S DYNASTY was also a bit impressive even though winning by a small margin. POPSICLE TOES has scope but has drawn wide. Rested BORN TO PERFORM won his two starts easily and could show even more. Many more can threaten.

Selections:
#2 Mr Fitz, #6 G G's Dynasty, #4 Popsicle Toes, #7 Born To Perform

Race 4, Gallops, 1000m, Turf, R106.000, 13:35GMT+2

Race Summary: A wide open looking race to start off what is sure to be a massive Pick 6! WOODSTOCK FESTIVAL was in strong form before rest. The fitment of blinkers may see even more improvement and Anton Marcus has been booked. AMERICAN HUSTLE is a nice type from the Highveld. A four kilogram claim must assist his chances. Fellow raiders TOPMAST and ROYAL CAVALIER have claims.

Selections:
#7 Woodstock Festival, #1 American Hustle, #11 Royal Cavalier, #2 Topmast

Race 5, Gallops, 1200m, Turf, R750.000, 14:10GMT+2

Race Summary: Great field for the Championship. Highveld Champ BASADI FAITH is out to do what she has been doing in her hometown-would be amazing. CAVIVAR was doing nicely just behind her and has drawn alongside again. TRAVELLING LIGHT was very quick in her debut-could make the grade. SOMEWHERE IN TIME, MISS FLORIDA, ROLL IN THE HAY have also been impressive. Doesn't end there!

Selections:
#1 Basadi Faith, #2 Cavivar, #13 Travelling Light, #12 Somewhere In Time

Race 6, Gallops, 1200m, Turf, R750.000, 14:45GMT+2

Race Summary: Highveld champ FROSTED GOLD is getting better and being drawn in the middle may work in his favour. Every chance here. CARTEL CAPTAIN showed inexperience and still won his debut in good style. His stable has a great record in this race. EDEN ROC won over further-no mean feat on debut and he could be best drawn. Consider GOT THE GREENLIGHT, AFRICAN WARRIOR and SPECIAL BLEND.

Selections:
#7 Frosted Gold, #4 Cartel Captain, #5 Eden Roc, #1 African Warrior

Race 7, Gallops, 1200m, Turf, R750.000, 15:25GMT+2

Race Summary: SNOWDANCE is trying sprinting and considering her running style and Grade 1 form could be hard to beat. TEMPLE GRAFIN has been doing well at Greyville and will be at a peak.  NAFAAYES has blinkers on and could show how well she can sprint. SCHIPPERS and MIGHTY HIGH renew rivalry - the latter has a Grade 1 win here. Consider SNOWDANCE's sister JUNIPER SPRING. More in it.

Selections:
#1 Snowdance, #13 Temple Grafin, #14 Nafaayes, #12 Mighty High

Race 8, Gallops, 1200m, Turf, R1.000.000, 16:05GMT+2

Race Summary: Great race with multiple Grade 1 winners in the hunt. UNDERCOVER AGENT carries a big weight but he could just complete another mission. BOLD RESPECT as a result carries only slightly more than last year which he won. Stable have big claims again. MARDI GRAS has a big win to come-his draw may test him. VAN HALEN and CHIMICHURI RUN can get into the fight. More talent in it.

Selections:
#9 Mardi Gras, #2 Bold Respect, #6 Van Halen, #5 Chimichuri Run

Race 9, Gallops, 1950m, Turf, R79.000, 16:40GMT+2

Race Summary: GIMMIE A COHIBA will have to come from off them from a wide draw but it could suit as he held on after frontrunning on the poly last time. SPRING FLING beat weaker but is improving and could make a successful handicap debut from a decent draw. BEFORE NOON is holding form and tries the track. He could be well in at the weights. VIENTO has pulled off surprises before.

Selections:
#9 Gimmie A Cohiba, #2 Spring Fling, #11 Before Noon, #6 Viento

Best Win: #2 STAGE DANCE                        
Best Value Bet: #9 MARDI GRAS                         
Best Longshot: #9 MARDI GRAS                         

 

KENILWORTH


Race 1, Gallops, 1400m, Turf, R80.000, 12:10GMT+2

Race Summary: Juvenile PATH OF CHOICE appears limited, but meets a weak bunch and despite the worst draw looks the one to beat. OUTOFTHEORDINARY, ELUSIVE MASTER, and VAR EXPRESS make most appeal of the older brigade. KHOPESH and HORATIUS can both build on fair debuts, as can 2yo THEMADIRISHSHERIFF.

Selections:
#7 Path Of Choice, #3 Var Express, #1 Outoftheordinary, #10 Themadirishsheriff

Race 2, Gallops, 1400m, Turf, R80.000, 12:45GMT+2

Race Summary: LOUISA MAY, HERCULES GIRL and ALFRED'S GIRL all look closely matched on their latest, with slight preference for the first named. DON'T BE BLUE has two good efforts to her credit and has ample scope for improvement. Respect. CONTESSA'S GLANCE can pop up if returning to best.

Selections:
#2 Louisa May, #5 Alfred's Girl, #3 Hercules Girl, #6 Don'T Be Blue

Race 3, Gallops, 1400m, Turf, R110.000, 13:20GMT+2

Race Summary: OUR MATE ART was most unlucky last time, and is the obvious class act. READY STEADY GO is overdue to win, and weighted to be right there. KENNY TRIX is lionhearted, and cannot be overlooked despite a 5 point MR hike. POWER GRID may now be looking for this trip and shouldn't be ignored.

Selections:
#1 Our Mate Art, #4 Ready Steady Go, #3 Kenny Trix, #6 Power Grid

Race 4, Gallops, 1400m, Turf, R91.000, 13:55GMT+2

Race Summary: CHARGE D' AFFAIRES has met classy sorts in her last two and rates the one to beat. Northern Hemisphere bred SLEEPING SINGLE was a fluent maiden winner,and has a lot of scope. INDIAN SONG has been rested, but is highly consistent. FAYE has finished well in both post maiden appearances. Respect. LIP SERVICE won her maiden with authority, and could have more to come.

Selections:
#1 Charge D' Affaires, #6 Sleeping Single, #5 Indian Song, #8 Faye

Race 5, Gallops, 1200m, Turf, R150.000, 14:30GMT+2

Race Summary: RUN FOX RUN has cruised to victory in all three appearances, and despite facing stronger is an ultra confident selection to do so again. Follow until beaten. CANUKEEPITSECRET is a decent sprinter,and makes most appeal of the rest. Snaith pair DYNAMIC DIANA and PLATINUM CLASS are well above average and can earn.

Selections:
#8 Run Fox Run, #4 Canukeepitsecret, #3 Platinum Class, #1 Dynamic Diana

Race 6, Gallops, 1600m, Turf, R150.000, 15:10GMT+2

Race Summary: HELEN'S IDEAL won the Perfect Promise convincingly, and is weighted to win again. SHAMROCK WIND and STAR FIGHTER were both running on over the shorter trip though, and will make a race of it. MISS PLUMCAKE is better than her latest, and can shock, as could CORAL BAY if returning to very best.

Selections:
#1 Helen's Ideal, #4 Shamrock Wind, #2 Star Fighter, #5 Miss Plumcake

Race 7, Gallops, 1800m, Turf, R250.000, 15:45GMT+2

Race Summary: Looks a boat race between ONE WORLD and VARDY. Preference for the former, as he probably need his Winter Guineas run, and will strip fitter. MAJESTIC MOZART and HERODOTUS should fill the minor places, and both will be looking forward to the Winter Derby.

Selections:
#1 One World, #2 Vardy, #3 Majestic Mozart, #4 Herodotus

Race 8, Gallops, 1800m, Turf, R91.000, 16:20GMT+2

Race Summary: PEARL JAM is knocking hard for a second win, and has a decent shout in an open contest. TRANSYLVANIA is progressive, and will be right there. BIG SUZE went close in her post maiden, and has to be respected with 52kg. Top weight ONTENDERHOOKS has to be respected on her latest. PRINCIPESSA and SUMMER MOON have claims as well.

Selections:
#4 Pearl Jam, #6 Transylvania, #8 Big Suze, #1 Ontenderhooks

Race 9, Gallops, 1000m, Turf, R80.000, 16:55GMT+2

Race Summary: Minefield. TROJAN WINTER made a pleasing post maiden showing, and could be a little undervalued. Rested WESTERN STORM goes well fresh and has upset potential. SKIDOO has scored both wins over this course and distance and has tobe respected, as do SHADOWING and BELLINGHAM BAY. FIRE WALKER and PRINCE ORACY can shock.

Selections:
#7 Trojan Winter, #1 Western Storm, #2 Skidoo, #6 Bellingham Bay

Best Win: #8 RUN FOX RUN                         
Best Value Bet: #4 PEARL JAM                          
Best Longshot: #4 PEARL JAM      


 


Sunday, 26 May

TURFFONTEIN



Race 1, Gallops, 1400m, Turf, R95.000, 12:40GMT+2

Race Summary: CHOUETTE finished over 2 lengths in front of GOLDEN SPIRAL last time and should confirm. NOTQUITETHEREYET disappointed last time and could get into the reckoning. Dangers could be the newcomers especially THERECANBEONLYONE and HEART STWINGS - watch the betting

Selections:
#1 Chouette, #9 Therecanbeonlyone, #8 Heart Stwings, #2 Golden Spiral

Race 2, Gallops, 1160m, Turf, R95.000, 13:15GMT+2

Race Summary: FLYING HIGH was close up in both starts to date and had MAGIC SCHOOL a length off her last time, however the latter was on debut and should make up the lee-way. Similarly, DIVE CAPTAIN finished a good 2nd last time but ESCAPE TO VICTORY was a length behind on debut and could turn it around. Others are looking for minor money.

Selections:
#7 Magic School, #6 Flying High, #4 Escape To Victory, #2 Dive Captain

Race 3, Gallops, 2000m, Turf, R95.000, 13:50GMT+2

Race Summary: DUKE OF SWING showed good improvement sporting blinkers last time and should give a solid performance. BRAVE DETAIL wasn't far behind but needs to confirm. With a 4kg claim TURF MASTER comes into the picture. MR CUDDLES has been costly to follow. He is coupled with HUMOUR ME and both are capable of scoring. VERDI could get into the frame.

Selections:
#2 Duke Of Swing, #3 Turf Master, #5 Mr Cuddles, #1 Humour Me

Race 4, Gallops, 2000m, Turf, R88.000, 14:25GMT+2

Race Summary: Open. EVENING BELL should be ready to win again on this only her 5th start. ANIMAL LOVER needed her last run and could chalk up a 2nd victory. Stable companion SEEKING GOLD has raced against stronger - respect. WESTERN DANCE is holding form and could take home another cheque. POORMANSLADY has a favourable draw and shouldn't be far off. LITTLEWOOD is one of many with a claim.

Selections:
#2 Evening Bell, #4 Animal Lover, #11 Western Dance, #14 Poormanslady

Race 5, Gallops, 2400m, Turf, R88.000, 15:00GMT+2

Race Summary: HORACE is bang in form but carries a hefty 62kg over a marathon distance. He could still complete a hat-trick. THE BOSBOK finished 6,5 lengths behind him but needed the run and is 4kg better off. INDY ICE stays all day but appears to plod late. SLAY THE DRAGON should stay the extra and has scope for improvement. FRENCH LEAVE and HIT FOR SIX could get into the action.

Selections:
#1 Horace, #4 Indy Ice, #8 The Bosbok, #9 Slay The Dragon

Race 6, Gallops, 1400m, Turf, R105.000, 15:30GMT+2

Race Summary: AL MUTAWAKEL won impressively on debut but jumps up in class. He looks to have loads of ability and could pass the test. NORLAND will relish the drop in weight and could take honours. LAKE KINNERET is in form but gives them 9kg and 8,5kg respectively. ONLY TO WIN and stable mate ARMSTRONG as well as KINGS ARCHER and GIFT FOR THE GAB could get into the money.

Selections:
#11 Al Mutawakel, #10 Norland, #8 Only To Win, #2 Lake Kinneret

Race 7, Gallops, 1400m, Turf, R112.000, 16:05GMT+2

Race Summary: GIMME HOPE JOHANNA always gives of her best and should be thereabouts again. HAFLA appears held by her on form but should get a lot closer. This brings ELUSIVE BUTTERFLY into the reckoning being 2kg worse off for 2 lengths. TAMMANY HALL is holding form and could feature. VI VA PI PA and top weight POOL PARTY could get into the money.

Selections:
#2 Gimme Hope Johanna, #6 Hafla, #8 Elusive Butterfly, #3 Tammany Hall

Race 8, Gallops, 1600m, Turf, R76.000, 16:40GMT+2

Race Summary: MUTRIB won well after a rest and could go in again. TWO OF US is running well and despite a wide draw could chalk up his 2nd win. AURORA AUSTRALIS is capable but needs to be in the right mood. MASTER AND MAN drops in distance but will be catching late. THE MAKWAKKERS, TOP RANK and SKIMINAC could upset the apple-cart.

Selections:
#9 Mutrib, #5 Two Of Us, #6 Master And Man, #7 Aurora Australis

Best Win: #2 DUKE OF SWING                      
Best Value Bet: #9 MUTRIB                             
Best Longshot: #9 MUTRIB

 
 

Monday, 27 May

VAAL



Race 1, Gallops, 1400m, Turf, R95.000, 12:55GMT+2

Race Summary: ON MY MIND ran close up in both starts to date and just needed his last outing. He finished 1,75 lengths ahead of CRAZY CHARLIE who did well on debut as a gelding and over 4 lengths in front of stable companions BLUE FLUTE and MOONLIGHTSTRANGER. He should confirm. YOUR PACE OR MINE found support on debut and can only improve. Watch newcomer SWAGGER JAGGER.

Selections:
#9 On My Mind, #4 Crazy Charlie, #15 Your Pace Or Mine, #2 Blue Flute

Race 2, Gallops, 1200m, Turf, R95.000, 13:30GMT+2

Race Summary: Juvenile AL BORAK has run close up in both starts to date and it could be 3rd time lucky. WINDY FLIGHT wasn't disgraced on his first run back and if doesn't give away too much start could challenge. SUNBURST has been costly to follow but should again be thereabouts. Watch the betting on MADIDA who was laid off after a decent debut as well as newcomers.

Selections:
#9 Al Borak, #1 Windy Flight, #2 Sunburst, #16 Youcanthurrylove

Race 3, Gallops, 1200m, Turf, R95.000, 14:05GMT+2

Race Summary: Difficult to assess with many unknowns. VARQUERA has found support in all her starts but now supports blinkers and it could do the trick. CHARLIE'S JET wasn't disgraced on debut but will enjoy further. WITHOUT LIMITS is improving again and could get into the money. Watch the many first-timers especially from the Paul Peter and Fabian Habib yards.

Selections:
#1 Varquera, #14 Swept Off My Feet, #11 Evening Rise, #5 Charlie's Jet

Race 4, Gallops, 1600m, Turf, R95.000, 14:40GMT+2

Race Summary: ROYAL SIEGE tries the little extra. He races down the straight now and if doesn't give away too much start should go close. THE BRASS WAY showed no improvement in blinkers but the form is strong enough to get into the action. MEERAAS comes off a rest and the mile should suit him ideally. SWEET WILLIAM can improve on his first local run. Others looking to improve.

Selections:
#9 Royal Siege, #1 The Brass Way, #7 Meeraas, #3 Mark The Doorman

Race 5, Gallops, 1600m, Turf, R94.000, 15:15GMT+2

Race Summary: There should be nothing to choose between BELIEVE ME and SAMARRA on current form and either could grab victory. STATE STAR appears held on her penultimate but cannot be ignored. THE SASH won her only try over a mile and could double up. MATTINA needed her last outing and should make a bold effort. FORTUNA DORO and JOSI DI NERO are more for the short list.

Selections:
#2 Believe Me, #11 The Sash, #1 Samarra, #12 Mattina

Race 6, Gallops, 1200m, Turf, R110.000, 15:50GMT+2

Race Summary: ORAVAR is not well weighted here but is fittest and could have enough in the tank to score. CROWN GUARDIAN has ability but is sparingly raced. If well should get into the action. GIMME A WAVE is only having his 5th career start and is on the up. ALWAHSH should be at peak fitness and warrants inclusion in all bets. SNOW BOARDING should need it.

Selections:
#2 Oravar, #8 Crown Guardian, #5 Gimme A Wave, #1 Alwahsh

Race 7, Gallops, 1200m, Turf, R88.000, 16:25GMT+2

Race Summary: BOCKSCAR needed his last run and will have enough acceleration to grab them late over this distance. FIRED UP is maturing and drops in trip. CERTIFIABLE was disappointing last time but with a 4kg claim could resume winning ways. SILVER MASTER won on debut in his new surroundings and could go in again.SPORTING MONARCH and LONE SURVIVOR are capable on their day.

Selections:
#5 Bockscar, #3 Fired Up, #1 Certifiable, #6 Silver Master

Race 8, Gallops, 1200m, Turf, R82.000, 17:00GMT+2

Race Summary: Difficult race to end. PONCHIELLI comes off a rest and knows how to win fresh. FARARANGA races before this and if takes her place could feature. Stable companions QUEEN OF THE ROSES and ROYAL FUTURE come off maiden wins but could go in again in this field. DREAM ON could win fresh over this distance. ENSEMBLE needed her last outing. Reserve KIRKCONNEL LASS could win if runs.

Selections:
#7 Ponchielli, #2 Fararanga, #5 Queen Of The Roses, #1 Dream On

Best Win: #9 ON MY MIND                         
Best Value Bet: #7 PONCHIELLI                         
Best Longshot: #7 PONCHIELLI        

 



Tuesday, 28 May

DURBANVILLE



Race 1, Gallops, 1000m, Turf, R80.000, 12:30GMT+2

Race Summary: DOUBLE GRATITUDE and MATCHLESS CAPTAIN make their debut and the betting on them could be the biggest guide to their chance. GREY FERRARI showed nice improvement over this course and distance last time out and can go close again. JEAN'S MAN showed good pace on debut and could contest the finish. JOIE DEVIVRE has a winning chance. STORMIN NORMAN will prefer this distance.

Selections:
#2 Grey Ferrari, #6 Stormin Norman, #8 Vivant, #3 Jean's Man

Race 2, Gallops, 1000m, Turf, R86.000, 13:05GMT+2

Race Summary: AFRICAN VICTORY is capable of much better than his last run would suggest and has a big winning chance if showing his best side. AL WAHED returns from a break but is not out of it. GIMMETHERAIN may have found the distance a bitfar last time out and could do better over this trip. MAGIC SAILOR can place. REBELS SPIRIT is holding form and has a chance but this is a stronger race

Selections:
#1 African Victory, #3 Gimmetherain, #2 Al Wahed, #6 Rebels Spirit

Race 3, Gallops, 1000m, Turf, R80.000, 13:40GMT+2

Race Summary: COMMANDING QUEEN could be the surprise package as her last run is best ignored. The Trippi filly HOWL makes her debut and it could well be a winning one. KHAYA's FLOWER makes her debut and deserves the utmost respect. MON CHERIE ran her best race to date over this course and distance and can go one better this time. SCOTTISH ALLY is better than her last run would suggest.

Selections:
#5 Mon Cherie, #8 Scottish Ally, #3 Howl, #4 Khaya's Flower

Race 4, Gallops, 1250m, Turf, R80.000, 14:15GMT+2

Race Summary: WADI RUM is improving and could contest the finish once again. KINGSTON ROCK is battling to win a race but could finish in the money. DESTRUCTION BOY has disappointed in his last two starts but could improve coming back from a short break. BAYBERRY, CANE LIME'N SODA and HAMMAM all deserve respect on their debut. So does TURN IT UP HARVEY for that matter. WILLIAMS LAND can earn.

Selections:
#7 Bayberry, #8 Cane Lime 'N Soda, #13 Williams Land, #9 Hammam

Race 5, Gallops, 1250m, Turf, R80.000, 14:50GMT+2

Race Summary: POLLY'S DESTINY ran a much improved race last time out and could do even better this time. A MOMENT APART is a Time Thief debutante who deserves respect. DELIVERANCE and GIMME GIMME GIMME have run two fair races each and could finish in the money. MARAVILLOSO ran well on debut and could do even better this time. VELD FLOWER was unlucky not to win on debut and can make amends.

Selections:
#10 Veld Flower, #7 Maravilloso, #8 Sigma Alpha, #1 Polly's Destiny

Race 6, Gallops, 1000m, Turf, R91.000, 15:25GMT+2

Race Summary: VELVET DAWN is holding form and does appear to be suited to this course anddistance. GIMME LONDON returns from a break and does have a winning chance.WESTERN ANGEL shows pace and should do better over this track and distance.FLUTTERING always gives of her best and can contest the finish once again. IT IS WHAT IT IS has a winning chance. NANNA ANNA is unreliable but can earn.

Selections:
#1 Velvet Dawn, #4 Fluttering, #5 It Is What It Is, #2 Gimme London

Race 7, Gallops, 1600m, Turf, R80.000, 16:05GMT+2

Race Summary: KURSK has improved with each start and could win a race like this and is the one they all have to beat. BILLY NO MATES ran his best race to date last time out and could earn some more money. JJ THE WOLF has improved with Blinkers and should contest the finish once again. MARASCHINO and GIMME PEACE are better than their last run would suggest and could pop up in the places.

Selections:
#1 Kursk, #3 Jj The Wolf, #2 Billy No Mates, #5 Gimme Peace

Race 8, Gallops, 2000m, Turf, R80.000, 16:40GMT+2

Race Summary: DEPOSITION ran his best race to date last time out and this field is certainly not stronger so he can go very close to winning. Stable companion SEVENTY EIGHT has some fair form and could finish in the money. TWO TEN WAVE needsto do more to win but could place. THE BLUES disappointed last time out butshould do better this time. LUXEMBURG should prefer this shorter distance.

Selections:
#1 Deposition, #6 Luxemburg, #2 Seventy Eight, #5 The Blues

Race 9, Gallops, 1800m, Turf, R83.000, 17:15GMT+2

Race Summary: Probably the toughest race on the card to find the winner. MAGIC MIKE tiredlate last time out but is capable of better than that. ELUSIVE VICTOR showed improvement last time out and must be considered. DHARMA is distance suited and deserves some respect. LUCKY DANCER could play a role at the finish. SNOWY MOUNTAIn is improving and won well last time out. BIG FISH can go close.

Selections:
#6 Snowy Mountain, #10 Big Fish, #2 Elusive Victor, #1 Magic Mike

Best Win: #1 KURSK                              
Best Value Bet:                                       
Best Longshot: #6 SNOWY MOUNTAIN                     
                 


                       
 

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