Tuesday, 26 October


Race 1
Race Summary: RHYTHM OF THE RAIN has filled the runner-up berth in each of her 3 outings and deserves to get her head in front. Speedy WHAT A BLIZZARD should enjoy a return to this trip and, as such, is likely to pose a threat. SHE'S MY CAPTAIN improved with a run under the belt to finish 2nd over this trip last time and could challenge for honours if making further progress. Newcomer BELLE ROUGE is nicely bred and the booking of red-hot rider S'manga Khumalo catches the eye, so any market support must be taken seriously.

#1 Rhythm Of The Rain, #5 Belle Rouge, #9 She's My Captain, #3 What A Blizzard

Race 2
Race Summary: Stable companions AUS BOB and I WANT IT ALL have progressive profiles and may well fight this out. The former returned from a rest to win his maiden before finishing a staying-on 3rd over this trip on handicap debut and should have more to offer in his peak run, so is preferred. His very well-bred stablemate should improve for the step-up in trip. PIKETBERG ALLEY has come to hand with blinkers fitted. He may need further to be seen to best effect but has scope to improve so is likely to make his presence felt. CHAUELS CAMELOT and OFFICIAL SECRET can complete the minors.

#2 Aus Bob, #4 I Want It All, #1 Piketberg Alley, #3 Chauels Camelot

Race 3
Race Summary: Good maiden. BOISTEROUS BUDDY has shown promise in each of his 3 starts and is likely to improve now, having been gelded - one to beat. LYRICS TO LOVE and CAPTAIN MIKE are closely matched on the form a recent meeting. However, the former should be wiser to the task with that encouraging debut under the belt and could turn the tables. STATE OF SHOCK improved with the benefit of experience last time and could play a role if building on that progress. Well-bred newcomers BIRDIE AND BOGIE and GREENLIGHTFORGO make plenty of appeal on paper and warrant respect - watch the betting.

#2 Boisterous Buddy, #8 Lyrics To Love, #3 Captain Mike, #5 Birdie And Bogie

Race 4
Race Summary: ROD THE MOD was only outrun late having led for much of the way on his handicap debut and should come on. Both FIGHTER and BONANZA could have more to give in their peak outings. The former fared better in a similar contest over track and trip recently and could do so again. Hard-knocking veteran POWER GRID and unexposed three-year-olds FINAL MOVE and OVATION have claims too and could pose a threat.

#3 Rod The Mod, #4 Fighter, #1 Final Move, #6 Ovation

Race 5
Race Summary: Tricky. STAR OF THE SOUTH has rediscovered form so must be respected, although could find it tough conceding weight to less-exposed rivals. Of those, stable companion SILVANO'S DASHER makes most appeal having had the form of his debut win franked by the runner-up. YOU KNOW WHO bounced back to form in a handicap over a shorter trip last time but will be better suited to this trip, so should have a role to play. PATH OF CHOICE and ELUSIVE TANGO are capable of making their presence felt too, as do last-start maiden winners SON OF SILK and ADMIRALTY ARCH who have scope to improve.

#2 Silvano's Dasher, #5 You Know Who, #1 Star Of The South, #7 Admiralty Arch

Race 6
Race Summary: Highly regarded GIMMIE A STAR was a fluent winner of his season pipe-opener over a shorter trip and will have more to offer stepped up to this distance with that run under the belt. THEFUTUREISBRIGHT beat a subsequent winner when shedding his maiden tag over this trip last time out. He's also likely to improve but has a wide draw to overcome. SERVICE ACE is another last-start maiden winner with scope for improvement. Hard-knockers ANECDOTE and recent scorer BEL PUNTO will keep their younger rivals honest. VIDA FUTURA needed his last start when beaten by the latter so should fare better now.

#4 Gimmie A Star, #6 Thefutureisbright, #8 Bel Punto, #1 Anecdote

Race 7
Race Summary: Maiden handicap which won't take much winning. Improving NASIRIYAH improved for the step-up to 1600m when last seen, finishing ahead of OPULENCE, and should make further progress. The latter was probably in need of that outing and would've tightened up, so will improve to fight out the finish. Well-related SWEET REPEAT gets weight from those rivals and is drawn better than she was last time - expect improvement. MAGIC MOMENTS and KLASERIE could complete the minors.

#1 Nasiriyah, #2 Opulence, #4 Sweet Repeat, #5 Magic Moments

Race 8
Race Summary: Another modest maiden handicap. SECRET LIZARD has been frustrating but has hinted at ability and may be looking to go ground, so warrants consideration as he does have scope. WORLD SO HIGH made good improvement when fitted with blinkers last time and could confirm - chance. AUGUSTA GREEN ran on from last in his second start after a rest to finish just off that rival and, on that evidence, could have more to offer over the extra in his peak outing - one to beat. IMPACT and DOG DETACHMENT are open to improvement too trying this trip for the first time and could get involved.

#6 Augusta Green, #2 World So High, #9 Impact, #4 Dog Detachment

Best Win: #6 AUGUSTA GREEN                       
Best Value Bet:                                        
Best Longshot: #2 SILVANO'S DASHER



Wednesday, 27 October


Race 1, Gallops, 1000m, Poly, R80.000, 12:35GMT+2

Race Summary: On a line through Master Keeku, GLOBAL PATH could have the measure of GUY FOX and FERRANDO. He is a speedy sort that could relish the polytrack. GUY FOX actually finished first, beating Master Keeku, but was disqualified due to losing a bit of weight last time. GLOBAL PATH and FERRANDO have proven difficult in the past and it could pave the way for GUY FOX to do everything right, if he doesn't misbehave. FERRANDO was having only his second start when an eye catching third from a wide draw and could come on. First timers in the hunt as well - follow the betting moves.

#5 Global Path, #4 Guy Fox, #3 Ferrando, #8 Edge Of Eternity

Race 2, Gallops, 1000m, Poly, R78.000, 13:10GMT+2

Race Summary: ETHIOPIAN QUEEN has come in for support in all three starts and showed good potential. The drop in distance could do the trick and she can reward followers. LADIES DAY has decent form and may have just needed it last time, but she will have to jump on terms over today's distance. This is the right distance for NAMAQUA DOVE who is overdue and has a master tactician up. She takes quite a drop in trip from her last start, but is a serious runner. SHIELD MAIDEN has the ability but the penny hasn't dropped with her just yet. Both debutantes are bred to fly - watch.

#6 Ethiopian Queen, #5 Ladies Day, #7 Namaqua Dove, #3 Shield Maiden

Race 3, Gallops, 1200m, Poly, R80.000, 13:50GMT+2

Race Summary: QUEEN MERCURY should go very close. Her local debut was good and while she was beaten as favourite last time she appeared in need of that first polytrack experience. WINTER'S DESTINY showed little pace in the Western Cape and may prefer the polytrack - one to watch for big improvement after a layoff. ROYAL OASIS has been plagued by bad draws until now and is capable of mounting a strong challenge on best form. SHAKEN NOT STIRRED impressed in her penultimate but then disappointed last time. She has drawn better and could spring a surprise. First timers also in it - follow the betting closely.

#4 Queen Mercury, #9 Winter's Destiny, #1 Royal Oasis, #2 Shaken Not Stirred

Race 4, Gallops, 1800m, Poly, R80.000, 14:25GMT+2

Race Summary: IQEMBULABESIFAZANE was a bit disappointing last time in comparison to her previous run over the same course and distance. She is still learning what it's all about and a change of tactics over the longer trip could see her produce a stronger effort. MAXINE DU MONDE could take advantage if she fluffs her lines. The latter has more than once produced a good run only to find just one better. Her second to Patronage stands out and she can finally score. Watch out for improvement from ARION OF ADRAST and BOLD BOUNDARIES who have scope for big improvement.

#2 Iqembulabesifazane, #3 Maxine Du Monde, #4 Arion Of Adrast, #6 Bold Boundaries

Race 5, Gallops, 2000m, Poly, R80.000, 15:00GMT+2

Race Summary: ISLA MORADA looks to be reaching winning ways again. Her last two runs on turf were crackers and she is now back on her best surface. Expect a big run. HEARTSEASE showed some potential as a juvenile and looks to have needed her comeback run. She could prefer this longer distance. Another three-year-old ALITTLEBITNAUGHTY tried this longer trip on the turf last time but may have done too much in that race. She knows the trip now and can improve. PEANUT BUTTER found her last race a bit short and could overcome her draw early. Must be included. LAUREL LANE has a say as well.

#5 Isla Morada, #6 Heartsease, #9 Alittlebitnaughty, #11 Peanut Butter

Race 6, Gallops, 1600m, Poly, R80.000, 15:35GMT+2

Race Summary: ORANGE BOWL caught the eye when not far behind BRUNILDA and MAID IN FRANCE. She has drawn slightly better and the booking of her 4kg claiming apprentice as well as the fact that she will be having her third run after a rest makes her an attractive proposition. Watch out for CHELSEA FLOWER who impressed on her poly debut. She was having only her second start and stepped up in distance, yet won like a professional. HOT MONEY put in a bold bid again last time and is worth including. Ignore TO THE MAX's last run on the turf. She was unlucky not to win her penultimate.

#8 Orange Bowl, #4 Chelsea Flower, #7 Hot Money, #2 To The Max

Race 7, Gallops, 1400m, Poly, R80.000, 16:10GMT+2

Race Summary: ANOTHER LOVE simply adores the polytrack, producing powerful finishes and wins. She takes a step up in class along with a hike in ratings. She may battle to give LADY LEGEND 7kg with the advantage of a better draw. The latter is knocking hard again and could capitalise, but it could be close. Doesn't end there. PURPLE PERSUASION finished ahead of LADY LEGEND when coming back to form back on the poly and could confirm. PURPLE NKANYEZI wasn't disgraced over 1600m on the turf and could prove to be dangerous back on the synthetic.

#2 Lady Legend, #8 Another Love, #5 Purple Persuasion, #4 Purple Nkanyezi

Race 8, Gallops, 1200m, Poly, R80.000, 16:45GMT+2

Race Summary: Wide open top division race to end. DANDOLO ran a good race over 1000m on the poly and should build on that over further. He is capable but needs to be in the right mood. AD ALTISIMA is a horse that must not be taken lightly on the poly. He has drawn almost as well as DANDOLO and his 4kg claim may give him the edge. AQUA BOLT is an interesting entry. He could be anything on the poly as his stable has been in fantastic form at this centre. MASHARI is never one to ignore and with LIGHT THAT LOOSE, BURNING WINGS and SNIPER SHOT bring consistent form into it. Go wide.

#2 Dandolo, #4 Ad Altisima, #5 Aqua Bolt, #8 Light That Loose

Best Win: #6 ETHIOPIAN QUEEN                     
Best Value Bet: #8 ORANGE BOWL                         
Best Longshot: #8 ORANGE BOWL                         



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