Vaal Preview – 28 March



Vaal, 28.03.2019, Race 1, Gallops, 2000m, Turf, R110.000, 12:10GMT+2

Race Summary: Competitive opener. ARABIAN SUNRISE is improving with racing and is bred to see out the extra. MY ELUSIVE finished behind her last time and should be held. PLUM FIELD appeared one paced last time and the extra will suit. MERENGUE has finished close up recently and could get into the action. ETERNAL SUMMER, JENGA, SEA LIKE GRASS and newcomer NEVAEH could make the frame.



#10 Arabian Sunrise, #8 Plum Field, #1 My Elusive, #2 Merengue

Vaal, 28.03.2019, Race 2, Gallops, 1000m, Turf, R110.000, 12:40GMT+2

Race Summary: Of those that have raced ROCK MANOR should prove best after a decent debut. Watch the betting on the many first-timers, especially TREE TUMBO,  MR HUGO, LIGHTHEARTED and the Ashley Fortune foursome.


#12 Rock Manor, #17 Tree Tumbo, #9 Mr Hugo, #8 Lighthearted

Vaal, 28.03.2019, Race 3, Gallops, 1200m, Turf, R110.000, 13:10GMT+2

Race Summary: After improving nicely in his last 2, COUNTRY SQUIRE is now ready to strike. HARTLEYFOUR deserves his victory but jumps from an inside draw. GIMME THE FIRE hasn’t been far off lately and could make the money. LION KING (well drawn) is a flyer but has given it up when it mattered. CAPE WILDCAT could take home a cheque. Watch the newcomers.


#1 Country Squire, #2 Hartleyfour, #5 Gimme The Fire, #8 Lion King

Vaal, 28.03.2019, Race 4, Gallops, 1200m, Turf, R110.000, 13:40GMT+2

Race Summary: Competitive. BOUNDLESS DEEP hails from the Cape and has good form. She could win on debut in her new surroundings. HARTLEYFIVE is running close up and should be thereabouts again. VARQUERA has found support in both her starts and it could be 3rd time lucky. CAPTAIN’S LOVE could get into the action if jumps well. GLACIER GIRL could just need it. Watch the newcomers.


#1 Boundless Deep, #16 Varquera, #2 Hartleyfive, #3 Captains Love

Vaal, 28.03.2019, Race 5, Gallops, 1200m, Turf, R124.000, 14:10GMT+2

Race Summary: PALACE CHAPEL ran below best last time and if his breathing doesn’t bother him could resume winning ways. LIFE IS GOOD has improved in blinkers and his last run on the Poly must be ignored. WHORLY WHORLY is in form and runs for Kabelo, however, he needs to behave at the start. Watch out for a surprise strike from SILVER GOD – he has won fresh before. Others with claims.


#5 Palace Chapel, #9 Life Is Good, #6 Whorly Whorly, #7 Silver God

Vaal, 28.03.2019, Race 6, Gallops, 2600m, Turf, R98.000, 14:50GMT+2

Race Summary: MIGHTY AND MAGIC is a true stayer and should contest the finish. AFRICA’S GOLD is holding form and should be thereabouts again. KING’S CUP is never far back and should be involved in the finish. HIGHLANDER could get into the picture. EARTHY SKY and THE HONEY BADGER could get into the frame. INDY ICE and MASTER AND MAN could place.


#2 Mighty And Magic, #7 Africa’s Gold, #5 Kings Cup, #3 Highlander

Vaal, 28.03.2019, Race 7, Gallops, 2000m, Turf, R81.000, 15:30GMT+2

Race Summary: PALACE GREEN won on the 2nd time of asking, should enjoy the extra and can only improve. HORACE came well when sporting blinkers last time and could get into the fight for honours. POWERED BEAUTY and old-man YER- MAAN should get close together on collateral form. FESTIVE LINNGARI never recovered from a slow start last time and could do better. Others with money claims.


#1 Palace Green, #4 Horace, #2 Powered Beauty, #8 Yer-Maan

Vaal, 28.03.2019, Race 8, Gallops, 1800m, Turf, R110.000, 16:10GMT+2

Race Summary: PERFECT TIGRESS looks hard to oppose in the Assessment Plate after a good performance in the Fillies Classic. CHARIOT OF GOLD comes off a rest and could be short of peak fitness. SAINT’S ALIVE, RUSTLING LEAF and GENEROSO should get close together on recent collateral form but could be looking for minor money.


#1 Perfect Tigress, #2 Chariot Of Gold, #4 Saints Alive, #6 Rustling Leaf

Vaal, 28.03.2019, Race 9, Gallops, 1700m, Turf, R81.000, 16:45GMT+2

Race Summary: Interesting race and the one making most improvement could win. CULTURE TRIP impressed when winning a sprint on debut and if given enough time could go on over a preferred distance. Stable companions TOASTMASTER (found form as a gelding) and WILDFIRE (improved in blinkers after a rest) could follow up. I AM BATMAN won on the 2nd time of asking and has scope.


#3 Culture Trip, #1 Toastmaster, #2 Manhattan Cocktail, #5 I Am Batman


Best Value Bet: #10 ARABIAN SUNRISE

Best Longshot: #10 ARABIAN SUNRISE