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Turffontein Picks - Saturday, 30 March

Race Course : Turffontein
Race Course : Turffontein Picture: Leon Neal/Getty Images

Race 1
Race Summary: FATAL FLAW improved over a similar trip last time but finished behind SONIC JET on debut. VARVARA could have more to offer over the extra, so has to be respected. Newcomer OXALIS GOLD is another to note.

#4 Sonic Jet, #2 Fatal Flaw, #5 Varvara, #3 Oxalis Gold

Race 2
Race Summary: LEGEND OF ARTHUR was backed on debut when finishing an encouraging 3rd over a shorter trip and is bred to improve over this distance with the benefit of that experience. PIBE DE ORO has improved to finish 2nd in consecutive starts and is likely to play another leading role. GRAND CRESCENDO was deemed good enough to raid Cape Town and ought to improve on his Highveld introduction. Watch the betting newcomers ONE AND ALL and CLAYMORE.

#4 Legend Of Arthur, #6 Pibe De Oro, #3 Grand Crescendo, #5 One And All

Race 3
Race Summary: This won't take much winning so it could pay to side with well-bred newcomer AUTUMN VAR who is closely related to Equus Champion 2yo Filly Canadian Summer. EMPRESSOFNORMANDY, SOMEDAY MAYBE and LADY GREENSLEEVES have the form and experience to be competitive. DRAGON DRAGON and TOOLEGITTOQUIT are open to improvement with the benefit of introductory outings under their belts.

#5 Autumn Var, #2 Someday Maybe, #1 Empressofnormandy, #3 Lady Greensleeves

Race 4
Race Summary: THERES A LIGHT has improved to finish 2nd in both outings after gelding so wouldn't be winning out of turn. THE PLAYBOY BOMBER is improving and likely to pose a threat if building on recent progress. STREWN SKY fits a similar profile so can't underestimated. APACHE SON and AMERICAN REBEL should have more to offer after pleasing introductions. VIVA LA VICTOR, BREATH OF MAGIC and AND ACTION complete the shortlist.

#1 Theres A Light, #9 The Playboy Bomber, #4 Strewn Sky, #8 Apache Son

Race 5
Race Summary: Improving last-start winner PRINCESS LOLA makes obvious appeal after winning over track and trip. However, preference is for HALBERDIER who drops in class and races off a competitive mark. CIRCUS LIGHTS and SMELTING are likely to make their presence felt after improved recent outings, while last-start winner TWICE AS WILD is dangerous to discount under a minimum penalty with the benefit of her rider's 4kg allowance.

#1 Halberdier, #3 Princess Lola, #8 Smelting, #9 Twice As Wild

Race 6
Race Summary: Good race. Well-bred PYROMANIAC sparked improvement with blinkers fitted last time and ought to confirm that progress over this distance. Progressive LA MOOHAL is also weighted to be competitive, so should fight for victory. Both SILENT WAR and VIVA SPIRIT have the form to make their presence felt, while PLAYER could get into the picture on these terms.

#1 Pyromaniac, #8 La Moohal, #2 Silent War, #6 Viva Spirit

Race 7
Race Summary: Tricky. PEWTER SKY deserves to have his consistency rewarded but will be challenged by improving last-start winner JUDGEMENT DAY who has raised his game with headgear fitted. HOLOCENE and A PLACE IN THE SUN are holding form and ought to acquit themselves competitively, while PRICELESS need only confirm the form of her encouraging Highveld debut to also stake a claim. LIBECCIO is in good form so cannot be discounted either.

#4 Pewter Sky, #5 Judgement Day, #9 Holocene, #6 A Place In The Sun

Race 8
Race Summary: Well-bred MID WINTER WIND has raised his game/form after gelding and, having already proved his effectiveness over this shorter trip, is good value to complete a four-timer from stall No 1. Last-start winner TSAR BOMBA is distance suited and likely to remain competitive under a penalty, while stablemate KARANGETANG could have more to offer over this extended trip after an encouraging last start over 1000m. Both AUSSENKEHR and RAGNAR LOTHBROK have the means to stake a claim too.

#5 Mid Winter Wind, #2 Karangetang, #4 Tsar Bomba, #1 Aussenkehr

Race 9
Race Summary: Last-start winner FEEL ALL RIGHT impressed when winning over this track and trip last time so could be worth siding with to follow up on handicap debut under a 4kg apprentice. RUN FOR COVER has improved with blinkers fitted and ought to pose a threat from stall No 1 with Richard Fourie engaged. Both TRIPPIS TUNE and VAN MEIJEL have scope for improvement so cannot be discounted. NAZARE and COUNT YOUR CHANCES complete the shortlist.

#1 Feel All Right, #3 Run For Cover, #5 Trippis Tune, #9 Van Meijel

Best Win: #4 PEWTER SKY             
Best Value Bet: #1 FEEL ALL RIGHT           
Best Longshot: #1 FEEL ALL RIGHT       

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