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Wednesday, 8 July

GREYVILLE


Race 1, Gallops, 1200m, Poly, R70.000, 11:55GMT+2

Race Summary: Nice race as a few will be worth following - well bred newcomers in the hunt, watch the betting moves closely. But two raced runners from the Cape GOLLY MISS MOLLY and EYE CATCHING may hold the aces. The former didn't show much on debut but the run is best forgiven and the well bred sort would have improved a lot from that. EYE CATCHING was a good third at Scottsville and may hold match fitness. CELTIC VISION is another with a fair bloodline and she has shown some potential.

Selections:
#11 Golly Miss Molly, #10 Eye Catching, #8 Celtic Vision, #2 Capulet's Heart

Race 2, Gallops, 1200m, Poly, R70.000, 12:30GMT+2

Race Summary: BURNING WINGS turned in an impressive debut running second behind a heavily backed and obviously promising individual. He should be hard to beat from draw one but watch out for the first timers. LEGITIMATE is beautifully bred son of Dynasty - he is from a family of Grade 1 winners and not one to take lightly. CELESTIAL LOVE was second to a forward one on debut in the Highveld- must respect.

Selections:
#1 Burning Wings, #5 Legitimate, #3 Celestial Love, #2 Glory And Sunshine

Race 3, Gallops, 1200m, Poly, R70.000, 13:05GMT+2

Race Summary: As with the previous race there are plenty newcomers to the racing scene and the betting will be a good pointer to their ability. However MASANGO MACHINE had a fair experience on debut and is set to improve. With the experience he should take full advantage. VALENCIA won his trial and needs to be considered even if racing from a wide draw. SUPER AGRA and  BERNIE'S DREAM could be the debutants to watch.

Selections:
#5 Masango Machine, #11 Valencia, #4 Super Agra, #1 Bernie's Dream

Race 4, Gallops, 1000m, Poly, R70.000, 13:40GMT+2

Race Summary: HAREBELLE looks very well placed. She showed potential in her trial but proved in need of her debut at Scottsville. She would have made any amount of improvement in the last six months and has secured a decent draw. Follow the betting action. CANTATA CHOIR could take full advantage if the former along with the newcomers aren't ready. She should have won by now. HUPERNIKAO, CHANEL ALLURE, WILD WING and TO DO RON RON must be respected.

Selections:
#3 Harebelle, #10 Cantata Choir, #7 Hupernikao, #6 Chanel Allure

Race 5, Gallops, 1000m, Poly, R70.000, 14:20GMT+2

Race Summary: SHE'S A CRUSADE looks the form choice and has the speed to overcome her gate and make them chase hard to the wire but this is a fillies and mares handicap. BLACK FERRARI is the dark horse.. She is a youngster that had shown potential upcountry. Best of the draw on poly debut. GINGER BISCUIT is rounding into the form needed to win but along with VALERIANA has not secured a plum draw. Most have claims - go wide.

Selections:
#9 She's A Crusade, #1 Black Ferrari, #10 Ginger Biscuit, #12 Valeriana

Race 6, Gallops, 1200m, Poly, R70.000, 14:50GMT+2

Race Summary: CAPTAIN ELLIODOR is highly regarded and could be ready to pick up from where he left off. He did confirm the promise he showed in the West Cape. HEY BOY and MOJITO MAGIC were eye catching in their polytrack runs after the break. HEY BOY has the better of the draw and he can finally score his overdue third career win. MOJITO MAGIC can only improve in his second poly run. MASTER TOBE and KINGSTON ROCK showe good pace and must be considered.

Selections:
#8 Captain Elliodor, #5 Hey Boy, #1 Master Tobe, #11 Mojito Magic

Race 7, Gallops, 2000m, Poly, R70.000, 15:25GMT+2

Race Summary: CATCHAFALLINGSTAR ran a fair race on local debut and is expected to improve. IRISH WONDER GIRL finished just ahead of her in that feature race and is not one to take lightly-she has experience on the poly. RAILTRIP last won on the poly and has the class to bag this as well. CONNECT ME and DIAMONDSANDPEARLS are both hardy frontrunners that could keep finding-tough race.

Selections:
#4 Catchafallingstar, #5 Irish Wonder Girl, #9 Railtrip, #1 Connect Me

Race 8, Gallops, 1600m, Poly, R70.000, 16:00GMT+2

Race Summary: TOMMY GRAND was beaten a neck after the enforced break. He will be fitter and has a similarly positive draw so could go on to score. GREEK SWORD is a lot better than his recent form. He has the best of the draw and could make it count. BRASS BELL has been brought along steadily and could be strong enough to make a bold bid today. Watch for betting support. PLYMOUTH ROCK has a powerful finish, could be ready after rest and dangerous even if having drawn widest. More in it.

Selections:
#3 Tommy Grand, #1 Greek Sword, #10 Brass Bell, #12 Plymouth Rock

Race 9, Gallops, 1400m, Poly, R70.000, 16:35GMT+2

Race Summary: SAPPHIRE ROCK is back in Kzn. She should have won by now but has flattered only to deceive. She should have matured and the poly surface could be her calling. WICHITA obviously improved back home, she went close last time, and could do so again. She will surely improve on her previous poly runs. BLUE WINTER may take full advantage from a handy barrier. EXCESSIVE GRACE is race fit and has the best of the draw. JOYFUL WINTER and PALMEART must have claims. More can improve.

Selections:
#7 Sapphire Rock, #8 Wichita, #2 Blue Winter, #1 Excessive Grace

Best Win: #1 BURNING WINGS                       
Best Value Bet: #4 CATCHAFALLINGSTAR                   
Best Longshot: #4 CATCHAFALLINGSTAR


 
 

Thursday, 9 July

VAAL


Race 1, Gallops, 1000m, Turf, R60.000, 11:55GMT+2

Race Summary: All races are down the straight today. Of those that have raced SOUTH EAST looks the best by far. Watch the first-timers especially JONNY RIPON.

Selections:
#9 South East, #3 Jonny Ripon

Race 2, Gallops, 1000m, Turf, R60.000, 12:25GMT+2

Race Summary: This is not a strong field and after finishing 2nd in his last 2 starts DARK TIDE should go one better. GAVS ANGEL showed vast improvement after a break and will come on heaps. PHINDA MZALA should be ready for a good showing. Look for improvement from VISIWAY, FORBE'S QUARRY and COLD FUSION.

Selections:
#10 Sweet Sensation, #5 Country Mile, #3 Top Drawer, #1 Imperial Twilight

Race 3, Gallops, 1200m, Turf, R60.000, 12:55GMT+2

Race Summary: 

Selections:
#1 Dark Tide, #3 Gavs Angel, #12 Phinda Mzala, #14 Visiway

Race 4, Gallops, 1200m, Turf, R60.000, 13:30GMT+2

Race Summary: LOCAL KNOWLEDGE showed marked improvement as a gelding sporting blinkers and looks the one to beat, however, LIGHT WARRIOR and FOREVER LIGHT were not for behind him and could come on as well. NUSSPLY sports blinkers now and Striker is on fire. BARTHOLOMEUS drops in distance but the blinkers are back on and he must be considered. Look for improvement from LIQUID.

Selections:
#4 Local Knowledge, #8 Light Warrior, #12 Forever Light, #9 Nussply

Race 5, Gallops, 1200m, Turf, R60.000, 14:05GMT+2

Race Summary: FLASHLIGHT fought on nicely to run 2nd on debut and will know more about it. LIGHTNING LASS drifted in the betting on debut but wasn't disgraced. She will be catching late. SHOWDOWN KID is improving with racing and could have a say. INCOGNITO was a bit disappointing last time and can do better. LASS GOING WEST is looking to improve on debut.

Selections:
#5 Flashlight, #6 Lightning Lass, #7 Showdown Kid, #1 Incognito

Race 6, Gallops, 1400m, Turf, R60.000, 14:40GMT+2

Race Summary: Difficult race. GREEK FIRE needed his last run and could win a race of this nature. EXPRESSFROMTHEUS was beaten when a strong favourite last time and could make amends. POP ICON and stable companion SOLARIZE (blinkers on) are sure to improve on their last runs. BALLON D'OR needed his first run as a gelding and will come on. Many with claims including all 3 reserves.

Selections:
#3 Greek Fire, #10 Expressfromtheus, #4 Pop Icon, #12 Ballon D'Or

Race 7, Gallops, 1400m, Turf, R60.000, 15:15GMT+2

Race Summary: FLAMING DUCHESS faltered after attempting to jump a shadow and should be given another chance. Stable companion GIMME HOPE JOHANNA is looking to confirm the form over her inmate and is not without a chance. ROUGE ALLURE can never be ignored for money. SWEPT OFF MY FEET is reported working well - respect. HEART OF A LEGEND and SALLY CALLED make up the short list.

Selections:
#9 Flaming Duchess, #5 Gimme Hope Johanna, #3 Rouge Allure, #2 Swept Off My Feet

Race 8, Gallops, 1000m, Turf, R60.000, 15:50GMT+2

Race Summary: BEFORE THE DAWN is never far back and should give another honest performance. ULLA improved after a rest and could turn it around with WINTER WATCH on 5,5kg better terms for 1,5 lengths. RAINBOW HAZE could threaten with a 2,5kgclaim. GOLD IMAGE, OCEAN CITY and MADAME PATRICE could get into the quartet.

Selections:
#5 Before The Dawn, #2 Ulla, #8 Rainbow Haze, #9 Ocean City

Race 9, Gallops, 1000m, Turf, R60.000, 16:25GMT+2

Race Summary: This is a moderate field and if SCARLET TIGER puts it in she could take honours - watch the betting. Roy Magner has 3 strong runners headed by consistent CLAREMORRIS. Stable mates ALLEZ LES BLEU (off a maiden win) and MIND READER have definite money chances. PERSICA can do better. If reserve PHILLYDELPHIA gets a run she could easily win it - watch.

Selections:
#5 Claremorris, #1 Scarlet Tiger, #7 Allez Les Bleu, #3 Mind Reader

Best Win: #10 SWEET SENSATION                    
Best Value Bet: #3 GREEK FIRE                          
Best Longshot: #3 GREEK FIRE                          
                   

 

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